Sunday 23 October 2016

Rodgers' revelations to change nothing in Reds' upper echelons

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers has done everyone a great service by shining a light on the inner workings of Liverpool footall club but he hasn't done himself any favours. Who would hire him now?

His revelations make Liverpool look bad but they make him look even worse.

His words were, I'm sure, read with great interest by Jurgen Klopp but I would have little doubt that he already knew why Rodgers failed and has taken steps to make sure he doesn't suffer the same fate.

When Liverpool knocked at his door, they were desperate and as is the way with these things, more than happy to agree to any terms Klopp named.

They may even give him the right conditions for a period of time but there will be a moment down the line, particuarly if Klopp makes a real go of the job and has some success, when they will try to reassert themselves.

They haven't gone away, the committee men.


I believe Klopp threw them a bone and told them he could live without the public dismantling of the committee. They could keep their jobs as long as they did what he asked and that could yet come back to haunt him. He has a perfect reference point in Rodgers' expereince.

My first thought when I watched Rodgers was simple. Why now?

I believe it was a reflection of the man that he couldn't help but blurt out the truth about the regime he worked under at Anfield when he was in front of the cameras.

The same willingness to please the media made a bad situation an awful lot worse for him when he was running Liverpool.

He never shut up and a lot of what he said was just blather.

He has revealed himself as a man who was entirely beholden to a committee when he was Liverpool manager and yet he told the world that the decisions were his own.

He told us on Sunday that he didn't want Mario Balotelli at Liverpool but that the committee did so he fell onto line.

I think it will bother most people that he then went and tried to make a virtue of Balotelli and sell him as a player he could work with. My own personal favourite was when he "looked into Mario's eyes" and knew he could fix him.

I can understand how Rodgers got himself into this hole. He was a young manager when he was offered the job and he felt he had to take it regardless of the circumstance and conditions on offer. They may have even told him that he would have the final say on transfers but there are many ways to control a manager and he described one of them himself.

If the players Rodgers wanted were not on the list the committee were dealing with, what could he do? He needed players so he took what he was given and tried to work with them.

Liverpool fans will be horrified by this. Rodgers also explained that there was a 'profile' which the club was after. The signings had to be under 24 so that they could be "sold on".

This is the key point. John Henry and his pals see Liverpool as a business and their model is based on profit and loss.

They wanted to trade in players but they forgot about one very important element of their plan. Winning football matches.

They undermined their manager so much that he could not do the job properly.

They gave him inexperience when he needed top quality, proven talent after Luis Suarez was sold and when the wheels fell off they sacked him.

They didn't sack themselves for buying badly. They didn't offer their resignations to John Henry, the committee men. They just ploughed on and waited for the next man in.

Klopp has them where he wants them right now but that can change. I think they will let him run the show for the next few transfer windows but if he finds a winning formula, that's when he should be wide awake.

That's the point where men like Roman Abramovich think it's easy and start dropping their own players into the mix.

The difference, of course, between Klopp and Rodgers is considerable.

Klopp had a big CV when he arrived at Anfield and I'm certain he had to fight the same battle in Germany as he is fighting now in the Premier League.

Football clubs are the same everywhere and I'm sure he had to wrestle control from men in suits at Borussia Dortmund before he was comfortable in his job

They are hard to shake off, committee men and they won't go easily.

For me, he would have been better off insisting from the start that the committee is dismantled at Anfield.

That was there is no ambiguity, no room for any doubt about who is responsible when Liverpool spend £20m on a footballer.

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