Jamie Carragher says that he has noticed a “baffling ignorance” from critics of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over his future.
Klopp‘s tenure has come into question in recent months amid the Reds’ worrying downturn in form.
After sitting top of the Premier League on Christmas Day, their chances of making the top four now look slim.
Liverpool have ultimately paid the price for six Anfield defeats in a row, which have come after a 68-game unbeaten run on home turf.
As a devoted Liverpool pundit, Carragher says that those in Merseyside circles know Klopp’s future is safe.
However, he hit out at critics of the manager who do not seem to understand that the club’s problems lie with the team, not the coach.
“As a renowned strategist, [Liverpool principal owner] John W. Henry would always ask himself this: who benefits most when Klopp leaves Liverpool?” Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
“The champagne would flow in the boardrooms of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, anticipating the return of the pre-Klopp period in Anfield history when the club spent one of five years in the Champions League.
“At Liverpool, the response of modern supporters would be comparable to the departure of Kenny Dalglish in 1991, or Bill Shankly in 1974.
“The reaction to the last two months has made me realise that no matter how often those of us connected to the club reiterate that, either the message has not been received beyond Merseyside or there is a baffling ignorance of it.”
Carragher pointed to Borussia Dortmund’s fate since Klopp left in 2015 as a sign that Liverpool should stick with the German.
Dortmund have had high-profile managers such as Thomas Tuchel since, but failed to mount a stern title challenge to Bayern Munich.
Carragher surprised at Liverpool fragility
But while defending Klopp, the pundit did not spare Liverpool’s players of criticism during their recent poor form.
He added: “The flak was bound to intensify after a sixth consecutive home defeat, and I stand by criticism of Liverpool in recent weeks.
“The players’ response, even when accounting for key absentees, and four week delay recruiting two defenders disappointed me. Without on-field leaders such as Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and James Milner, there has been a surprising mental fragility during adversity.
“Do not mistake that for an erosion of trust or belief in the manager. The day Klopp goes will end a glorious era. No Liverpool fan I know is angry with Klopp.
“They are desperate to get back into Anfield to thank him for what he has done, and help him get through this tough period personally and professionally.”
Liverpool return to action on Monday when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves.