Brendan Rodgers’ reaction to Liverpool results was “always a little bit about him”, according to former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson.
Liverpool announced the sacking of Rodgers just a couple of hours after the 1-1 draw at Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday amid reports that they had already made contact with Jurgen Klopp regarding the Northern Irishman’s job at Anfield.
Those suggestions are wide of the mark, according to Monday’s newspapers, but Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are widely regarded to be on a two-man shortlist to replace Rodgers, with Liverpool keen to make an appointment before their next game against Tottenham on October 17.
In his final interview as manager, Rodgers declared himself pleased with his side’s performance at Goodison Park, despite them never threatening a winner after Romelu Lukaku had cancelled out Danny Ings’ opener.
Lawrenson says a lack of honesty from Rodgers regarding his assessment of performances contributed to him losing the support of the Liverpool fans, ultimately forcing the club’s owners into making a change.
“Liverpool have sacked Brendan Rodgers for a combination of reasons, but the biggest one was the apathy that Reds fans had about him being in charge,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“With Rodgers, it was always the same message being delivered and the fans stopping believing it.
“When he was interviewed after matches, whatever the performance, he always seemed to say something along the lines of: “The players were great, they gave me everything and I couldn’t ask for anymore.”
“Liverpool supporters, especially the older ones, have seen great players, great managers and great teams, and you cannot pull the wool over their eyes.
“Liverpool fans want to see a team that is improving and having a real go at winning trophies, but if they see them play poorly they want a manager who will come out and say that.
“I have no axe to grind with Rodgers and I do not think he should have been sacked. My biggest problem with him was that, whatever happened to the team, good or bad, his reaction was always a little bit about him.”
More reaction to Brendan Rodgers’ sacking
Harry Redknapp: ‘I feel desperately sorry for Brendan, it is too soon for him to be sacked after eight games. For me, he has taken the blame for other people at Liverpool.
‘In the modern game, it never seems to be the manager who signs the players, it’s just the manager who takes the blame when things don’t work out.’
Jamie Carragher: ‘I don’t like the fact Liverpool are getting rid of a manager after just eight games but when you look at Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge as a whole, he was given a fair crack of the whip.
‘But he should have been fired in the summer or given 20 or so games to get it right this campaign.’
Arsene Wenger: “I am always sad when that happens because I think he is a quality manager.
“I think he was unlucky not to win the Premiership. He was the closest certainly to win the Premiership of all the managers who have been working for the club. But that’s the way it goes now and I wish him good luck. I am sure he will find a job again.”
Garry Monk: “I can’t believe that. It’s a very, very harsh decision. I don’t think he deserved that at all.
“I can’t see who else is going to do a better job for Liverpool at this moment in time.”
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