The Straits Times
Published on Sep 16, 2012

Gerrard urges faith in Rodgers after 100-year low


SUNDERLAND, United Kingdom (AFP) - Steven Gerrard has pleaded for patience after Liverpool's worst start to a league season for over a century.

A late Luis Suarez equaliser earned a 1-1 Premier League draw at Sunderland, but it's the first time since 1911-12 the Merseyside club have failed to earn a victory in their opening four games of a campaign.

Manager Brendan Rodgers, appointed in pre-season after Liverpool sacked Anfield great Kenny Dalglish, faces a huge task to turn round seasons of decline just three months into his fledgling reign, with the Reds clear of the bottom three only on goal difference in the table.

They failed to earn a win on the field after arguably their greatest ever victory off it this week as, after years of campaigning, their fans were finally absolved of any blame by an independent panel for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which led to the death of 96 Liverpool fans.