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Thursday 8 December 2016

Brendan Rodgers' post-match words carry weight

Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool north west England on October 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF
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Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool north west England on October 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers may not have known his tenure as Liverpool manager was only a couple of hours away from ending but his tone in the wake of the 1-1 Merseyside derby draw hinted he had his suspicions.

Having watched his side concede yet another lead as Romelu Lukaku cancelled out Danny Ings' header, the Northern Irishman's words carry more weight with the benefit of hindsight.

Asked whether he thought his attempts to regain the form which saw them very nearly win the title two seasons ago might be halted by owners Fenway Sports Group, he replied: "If we are to replicate what we did we will have to build something.

"That will take time, whether that is me or someone else.

"While it is me, I will continue to devote every ounce to the club.

"I was brought here to do a job, I signed a new deal (in May 2014) and the owners know it takes time."

That time ran out very quickly as his services were soon dispensed with via a trans-Atlantic phone call from FSG's management executive.

Back on match issues Everton manager Roberto Martinez was disappointed not to end a winless run in the derby which stretches back to 2010.

Despite dominating the second half they could not find the crucial second goal, although that may have been different had Reds midfielder Lucas Leiva been shown a second yellow card for a foul on Ross Barkley instead of being let off by a lenient Martin Atkinson.

"It is one of those games we are not going to agree with the result," Martinez said.

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