Rodgers laments 'short-termism' in football, says Liverpool on right path

Brendan Rodgers believes that there is too much short-termism in modern football after insisting that his Liverpool side are on the right path to success.

Rodgers has faced criticism in recent weeks as the Reds failed to reach the FA Cup final and suffered a series of bad results that have severely damaged their chances of reaching next season's Champions League.

The manager has brushed aside a weekend stunt calling for his dismissal and the reinstatement of former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

A banner bearing the slogan "Rodgers out, Rafa in" was flown over Anfield during Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win over Queens Park Rangers.

Rodgers told the Guardian: "Modern football now is very harsh and is very much short-termism. But it has shown that over the years the majority of the teams that have that stability, and if the owners and players have that belief, then it will come good.

"What we have seen here over the last couple of years is that we are definitely on the right path.

"This year it's been pretty clear that it has been disappointing but I think the opportunity arises for us again next season.

"There are some exciting talents coming in. For the players who have come in, it's been a difficult year for them but they will be better for it.

"All the new players are gaining experience about the pressures of Liverpool and I will be a better manager because of it."

Rodgers retains the support of Liverpool's American owners Fenway Sports Group despite a lack of progress this season.

Having led the club to a runners-up spot in the Premier League last season, Rodgers targeted a top-four finish and a trophy this time around.

But the club will not win any silverware this season and currently lie fifth in the league, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with three games left.

The manager added: "Because of the club that Liverpool is, and its great history, there will always be an expectancy.

"But you always have to have a sense of perspective and the reality of where we are at.

"We are in fifth position, having got to two cup semifinals in which we were disappointed not to have reached the finals in.

"But we hope we can use that -- and those disappointments -- to make us manage better in the future."