LEGENDARY Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes Brendan Rodgers is on the cusp of bringing the Reds to the next level but they must get more ruthless.
Under Rodgers, Liverpool have been performing quite well but wastefulness and shoddy defensive lapses have cost them and they are languishing in 12th place on the Premier League table. However, given the indifferent form of the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea ahead of them, Liverpool still have a chance of finishing in the top four.
"You're kicking the seats really," Rush admitted in Dublin yesterday. "The first 20 minutes against Villa, we were so on top ... but we've just got to kill teams off. They just had one chance, scored and, suddenly, they've got something to fight for then.
"We've got to be clinical, but sometimes we're trying to walk the ball into the net. It's about having the confidence to have a shot. Have a shot, get the crowd going, that's where you get your confidence from."
Asked if he still thought Rodgers was the man for the job he said: "I do believe that. He's a young manager, he's got to be given time and I think he will be given that time.
"I can see light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully, with one or two to come in January, we'll take it to the next level."