Gary Lineker and Brendan Rodgers appear to have continued their simmering spat born from Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid last night, with the former having the most recent say.
Rodgers garnered plenty of criticism from the footballing world for his decision to rest a host of key players against Madrid, effectively rendering the game a dead-rubber matchup.
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Ultimately Los Blancos only ran out 1-0 winners at the Santiago Bernabeu, courtesy of a first-half Karim Benzema finish, but the fact that the likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson started from the bench left many fans less than impressed.
And it wasn’t just the supporters who questioned Rodgers’s decision to make this weekend’s clash against Chelsea an immediate priority, as former England hero and now Match of the Day presenter Lineker took to Twitter to vent his feelings.
It didn’t take long for Rodgers to respond however, as the Northern Irishman vehemently backed his decision with his post-match comments. When Linker’s tweets - a later one described Rodgers’s actions as ‘unbefitting of a club of Liverpool's stature’ - were read to him, the Reds boss responded with aiming his own barb back.
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“Gary is a figure I respect, he has been a top player, but he has never been a manager so he does not know what you’re up against with planning and training,” Rodgers said.
“It was far from throwing in the white towel."
As it was at the time Rodgers had a leg to stand on given the fact that his weakened side didn’t capitulate in the cauldron of the Santiago Bernabeu, with certain players - Kolo Toure being one of them - actually attracting praise for their performances.
Nevertheless Lineker took to Twitter once again to retort; this time choosing to highlight what he perceived to be a flaw in Rodgers’s argument rather than focusing on the actual matter at hand.
Importance of Chelsea game
With all that pushed to one side however there is a new matter of significance resting on the shoulders of Liverpool’s under fire manager. The game against Chelsea this weekend is one of heightened importance anyway given the fact that the Merseyside giants have failed to impress during the first ten games of the season.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues are currently sitting top of the Premier League following their unbeaten start, and even with the returning trio of Gerrard, Henderson and Sterling Liverpool face a daunting task trying to beat them at Anfield.