Rodgers invited Reds replacement Klopp over ‘for a chat’

Date published: Wednesday 3rd February 2016 10:53

Brendan Rodgers & Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool managers past and present

Brendan Rodgers & Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool managers past and present

Brendan Rodgers says ‘he was there’ for Jurgen Klopp and revealed his replacement as Liverpool boss came over to his house for “a chat”.

Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool manager in early October after leading the Reds to just three victories in their opening eight games.

Liverpool were 10th at the time of the Northern Irishman’s removal, and German Klopp was appointed as his replacement within a fortnight.

Speaking to beIN Sport about Christian Benteke’s struggles, Rodgers has revealed that he discussed the role with Klopp, and offered his help – if ever it was needed.

“I remember when Klopp first got the job and we sat down and we spoke. We sat and had a chat at my house,” Rodgers said. “He’s a good guy. Whatever help he needed going into the job, I was there for that.

“We felt at that time that Christian was up there in terms of goals to games. We felt that he was someone that we didn’t have in the squad. The problem now is the patience element. There doesn’t seem to be time.

“We talk about patience. An example is Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich and he wouldn’t have got the patience in the Premier League that he did in the Bundesliga and now look at him.

“Christian over time will show he’s a top class player.”

Before Liverpool’s defeat to Leicester, Rodgers also spoke of Chelsea’s decision to release John Terry in the summer, comparing the situation to the predicament he faced over Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.

Rodgers said: “”I had two players in that situation Jamie Carragher and Stevie. Jamie was slightly easier as the season I joined he had already decided to go out at the top. My job when i went in there was to maximise Stevie’s time there.

“I can tell you that he was an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s not just any player. As a captain he gave me everything. To give you an example, when it was announced I got the Liverpool job, he cut his holiday short and he came to tell me, “Boss, I am here for you 150 per cent”.

“It was a difficult situation with him. He could still play at that level but the difficulty was that sometimes he would have to come out (of the team).

“When you play at that top level for so many years, you know, it’s hard but he’s an incredible player, a remarkable player and a good, good man.”

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