'It was always going to be difficult' - Pardew sympathises with Rodgers' task at Liverpool

The Magpies manager has stated his counterpart on Merseyside has the capabilities to be a superb leader but does not currently have the players at Anfield to deliver that

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has expressed sympathy for Brendan Rodgers’ situation at Liverpool, stating that they need to sign more players for his philosophy to have an impact.

Pardew worked with Rodgers while he was manager at Reading, and believes that his former youth coach is unable to implement his style of play because of the size of his current squad.

"What Brendan has is this vision about how he would like to play," Pardew told reporters.

"You need to have all the right tools for that and, I have to be honest, I don't think he has them. For whatever reason, I don't think Liverpool, in the last window, gave him all the tools he needs at that level. It was always going to be difficult for Brendan.

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"Everyone can see that, they need a couple of extra players in that team. The last window did not end well for Liverpool with Andy Carroll going out on loan to West Ham and no one coming in."

"There's a little bit more pressure at Liverpool because of the stature and the trophies that they've won.

"They still have some fantastic players, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez are two of the best players in the Premier League, but it's a period for Brendan and the team when they're evolving and, when they're evolving, they're vulnerable."

However Pardew has praised his former colleague and believes that if Liverpool are patient, his approach will reap rewards in the long-term.

He added: “You have to remember that Brendan is someone who was brought in to play a style of football and a vision they believe in. They have to give him time and the right tools.

"I know Brendan very well and I was thinking about us both the other day. I don't think we would have believed that one of us would be Newcastle manager and the other Liverpool manager – two very big clubs."

"I always thought Brendan would do very well, always thought he would make a great coach. He has all the right attributes to be a teacher-type coach/manager which is what he is. I admire his vision."