Brendan Rodgers has opened up about what he describes as the most traumatic four years of his life.
Reported in the Liverpool Echo, the Liverpool manager has revealed his recent personal heartache in Michael Calvin’s new book, Living On The Volcano.
The publication features the Northern Irishman, as he uncovers the struggles he has had off the pitch, compared to the relative success on it.
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The last four years have seen Rodgers emerge as one of the top young managers at European football, originally guiding Swansea to the Premier League before almost winning the Premier League title with the Reds.
In the book, the former Swansea manager explained how he lost two family members, as well as having his son embroiled in a court hearing, all whilst he was juggling Premier League management.
The Liverpool boss said: “I’ve been through probably the most traumatic four years of my life.
“I lost my mum. I lost my dad. I split up from the woman I loved for 23 years. I had a court case, two Old Bailey trials over six weeks with my son who was charged with sexual assault, which was an absolute disgrace.”
The key to success
Despite that, the 42-year-old believes his division of professional and personal life is key to giving him and his side the best chances on the field.
Rodgers added: “Professionally, here and at Swansea, these have been the best four years of my life. Something has to come from within. You have to put the professional and personal to each side. It’s about being happy of course, but the owners have paid me to do a job, so I will do the job.”