Brendan Rodgers has poured scorn over TV presenter Richard Keys’ claim that Anfield icon Steven Gerrard was forced out of Liverpool.
Gerrard’s magnificent career at his boyhood club finally ended in the summer of 2015 after he’d fired in 186 goals in 710 appearances for the Merseysiders.
And not long after the Reds skipper headed off for a new adventure in America by joining LA Galaxy, Rodgers’s time at Liverpool also ended as he was replaced by Jurgen Klopp.
Former Sky presenter Keys believed all was not as it seemed with Gerrard’s departure and spoke of a “plot” from Rodgers to get him out.
However, the Northern Irish boss, who has been a huge hit with Celtic and Leicester since his spell at Liverpool, had the chance to rubbish that claim to the man himself when invited onto the Keys and Gray show for Bein Sports.
Rodgers said: “As always, there are always stories. Steven was brilliant for me during my time there. Especially in the first couple of years.
“He was towards the latter stage of his career and he was first class.
“So despite what you said at the time, unfortunately it wasn’t quite true.”
However, Rodgers bore no ill-will towards Keys, saying such comments and theories were commonplace.
“But listen, it’s something you become used to in this game,” said the former Liverpool boss. “There are so many stories and gossip, but it was interesting when I read that.”
Keys was also willing to offer an apology of sorts.
“That is an opinion I held at the time. If he wasn’t, he should have been the previous year and then he wouldn’t have slipped over,” said Keys, referring to the costly and infamous moment when Gerrard’s tumble led to Liverpool losing to Chelsea and seeing their title hopes go up in smoke when it looked as if Rodgers would lead them to the title.
“But I did think we should bring it up and you deserved the right to answer.”