Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard back Chelsea boss Graham Potter

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Both Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard lent their support to under-fire Chelsea manager Graham Potter before the Blues’ game against Liverpool.

Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard were the pre-match pundits for Chelsea’s away game against Liverpool on Saturday. While he has come under heavy scrutiny lately, the pair both gave their support to Blues boss Graham Potter.

Since Potter took over at Stamford Bridge on September 8, Chelsea have won just five games in the Premier League. Additionally, they have also been dumped out of the FA Cup in humiliating fashion at the hands of Manchester City.

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Despite this, Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole have backed the former Brighton boss to become a success at Chelsea. Gerrard insisted that Potter needs time to mould his team.

The Liverpool legend said: “This is a manager that needs time. I think he’s shown that at Brighton.

“[At Chelsea] I’m not sure if you get that time unless results are positive. They’ve been inconsistent of late, a lot of new signings have come in. I think Graham Potter needs the right type of player that he can coach, develop and improve. The challenge is, is he gonna get that time? He just needs to improve results to get that time.”

Meanwhile, Joe Cole said: “I think [Chelsea fans] have to be patient. Graham Potter was never gonna come in like a Conte or a Mourinho where he’s gonna shake it all up.

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“He’s also come into the club when you’ve had the ownership changed, all of the recruiment staff changed. The fans are used to new managers coming through the door, but I don’t think the club’s in a position where they can do that. Bringing Potter in, you have to give him time.”

Chelsea would draw 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield. Mykhailo Mudryk made his debut for the Blues and was given a good reception by the Chelsea faithful after an impressive first game.

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