Liverpool legend Ian Rush has backed Brendan Rodgers after Liverpool’s 3-2 win against Aston Villa at Anfield. Liverpool’s all time top goal scorer Rush believes Rodgers needs to be given more time at Anfield, and fans must support the manager.

Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge scored a brace for Liverpool in his second game after returning from injury as he eases a lot of pressure on Brendan Rodgers. Former Manchester City man James Milner scored his first competitve goal for Liverpool and gave them an early lead.  Daniel Sturridge doubled Liverpool’s lead after a brilliant finish from a beautiful James Milner pass. Aston Villa’s Gestede scored form Hutton’s cross in the hope of bringing Villa back to the game,  but soon Sturridge scored his second goal from a Philippe Coutinho’s pass. Gestede scored his second too late in the game, but that wasn’t enough to earn Aston Villa any points at Anfield.

“He needs a bit of time and to get everyone back fit,” Rush told Sky Sports. “Every manager is under pressure when they’re not winning.

“When you manage a big club and are not winning games that’s what happens. Just get on with it and let’s see what we can do.

“Even though we’d like to have done better than where we are, we’re five points from the top. Every manager [at big clubs] is in the same position, not just Brendan.”

The return of Daniel Sturridge will be a great boost for under fire Brendan Rodgers, and Ian Rush believes his quality will increase the confidence of the team. 

“It’s great to have Sturridge back,” said Rush. “When you have someone like him back it just gives the other players a bit more confidence.

“He’s been a big miss for the last year or so because he’s a quality player. You have to keep him fit, get that confidence back in the team and keep creating chances and scoring.

“Hopefully he’s got over that problem. I’m sure those two goals will have done him the world of good.

“Sometimes when you come back from injury it’s in your head. But once you’ve scored the goals you seem to forget about that. Hopefully after those two goals he’ll be full of confidence.”

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