Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans says any decision to sack Brendan Rodgers would be "ridiculous" despite the club being in the midst of a four-match losing run in all competitions.
The manner of the defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday has drawn questions over Rodgers' future from supporters on social media on the eve of the critical Champions League trip to minnows Ludogorets Razgrad.
But after guiding Liverpool to within touching distance of a first league title for 24 years last season after just a year in charge, Evans – manager of the Anfield club between 1994 and 1998 – has questioned the role of the players after dismissing questions regarding Rodgers' future.
"This season has been massively disappointing for everybody," he told Talksport. "It will be disappointing for Brendan as well.
"In management you go from being the messiah to everyone wanting you to get the sack. That, at this stage, would be ridiculous.
"You've obviously got to give Brendan time. Everything at the moment seems to go back onto the manager, but what about those lads on the pitch?
"Somewhere along the line Brendan has got to go back to basics, pick his best team and let them show us they have the passion and pride to play for a top team.
"You pick your best team and the others then have to fight for those places. All this chopping and changing, and messing it around, just blurs the vision you might have."
Despite suffering successive defeats to Real Madrid, Liverpool know victory in their final two group games in the Champions League is likely to be enough to see them qualify for the last 16, with a win over Ludogorets pivotal to keeping them in contention and easing the scrutiny on Rodgers.
However, Liverpool's league form is likely to be the primary yardstick used to judge the club's progress this season in the eyes of owners Fenway Sports Group.