Liverpool legend blasts club over ‘disservice’ done to Brendan Rodgers

Date published: Friday 29th November 2019 10:42

Liverpool legend John Barnes has criticised the club for not allowing former boss Brendan Rodgers to make the sorts of decisions Jurgen Klopp is being allowed to oversee at the helm.

Rodgers, who arrived on Merseyside in 2012, almost led the Reds to a Premier League title in 2014 but after falling short towards the end, his tenure began to fizzle out with Klopp brought in to replace him in 2015.

Klopp has since led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup triumph and their highest-ever Premier League points tally but such success has taken time – as pointed out by Barnes.

Speaking to The Offside Rule Exclusivesthe 56-year-old suggested that Rodgers’ success was down to him being restricted in his decision-making, with a sense of more immediate trust in Klopp allowing him more freedom.

“Jurgen’s record wasn’t better than Brendan’s for the first two years, but because we trusted him and we believed in him, we allowed him to manage,” Barnes said.

“We allowed him to drop [Daniel] Sturridge and [Mamadou] Sakho. Brendan would have wanted to do the same thing but he couldn’t because the fans didn’t trust him.

“You look at what a good manager Brendan is now, looking at Celtic, looking at Leicester. We did him a disservice.

“I’m glad that Jurgen is here but had we supported Brendan more, I’m very sure he could’ve done the same thing.”



In other Liverpool news, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has voiced his concerns about taking young striker Rhian Brewster on loan in January.

Despite Klopp insisting that the 19-year-old should stick around at Anfield this season, Brewster has only made two appearances so far in the EFL Cup.

Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, Hodgson admitted that he wouldn’t be able to guarantee regular game time for the attacker if he was to move to Selhurst Park.

Brewster has been a number of young Liverpool talents, including Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg, who have made their names this season in the EFL Cup.



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