Liverpool Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has received support from an unsuspected source this week following his bold team selection for the recent UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
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WWE Superstar, and Irish native, Sheamus has today offered his backing to the Northern Irish boss claiming that his decision to make seven changes to his starting line up for such a crucial fixture required "balls."
In the English city as part of the WWE's UK tour which got underway this week, Sheamus showed that, despite having been in the United States for well over a decade working on his wrestling career, he still has knowledge of England's most popular sport.
"It takes a lot of balls to make a decision like that and play a team like that.”
"I thought the seven players who came in, there's a great potential there," Sheamus told the Mirror when quizzed about Rodgers' decision to leave the likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Dejan Lovren out of the starting line up at the Bernabeu.
"“At the beginning they were all over the place and then Real got that goal and it looked like it could've been a lot worse. But they got together and pressed against Madrid…It takes a lot of balls to make a decision like that and play a team like that."
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Sheamus, who will visit Liverpool's home Anfield next week as part of the WWE tour, admired the courage and bravery shown by Rodgers to field such an experimental team against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders.
“It shows a lot of character - a lot of people wouldn't have the nerve or be brave enough to try something new and that's what he's doing and I can't knock him for it."
While there may be more qualified people that the Liverpool manager would have preferred to hear backing his decisions, with some impatient Liverpool fans already calling for his head in the wake of recent results he might just be glad of the compliment.
And coming from a 6ft 4 inch, 267 pound professional wrestler at least no one will argue with him.
As for Sheamus' day job, he and the rest of the WWE roster are engulfing this week on a 14 date UK tour amidst a cloud of controversy.
The WWE have come in for criticism from their UK fan base following the organization's failure to deliver the WWE Network in time.