Brendan Rodgers deserved more respect

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It wasn't long ago Liverpool FC were just a slip away from winning their first league title for over 20 years. All that could be heard echoing around the mighty Anfield were shouts of: “Brendan! Brendan!”

Fast forward to September 2015 and the Reds' fortress had become a cauldron of abuse against their manager. Liverpool supporters eventually got what they wanted and Brendan Rodgers was replaced by Jurgen Klopp - the mastermind behind Borussia Dortmund's rebirth in European football.

When the German tactician was appointed the new manager, the euphoria in Liverpool seemed bigger than The Beatles era. Supporters have every right to feel that way, but players coming out and talking how the new manager will get them to the desired heights borders on disgraceful.


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Players should give their all, regardless of who is in charge - the manager should not affect the desire of a player. They should play for love towards the team. However, in an economically motivated world like today, that is impossible.

Yet, Liverpool players waited for Klopp's appointment before speaking out and confirming the belief he will get them to where they belong.

Why, instead of supporting Rodgers, did they remain silent until Klopp was appointed? Why didn't the players take responsibility with their ex-coach?

That attitude shows how football has lost its magic - players are more economically driven and have no real love for a team. It is shameful to see the players backing the German so much, but then going to the field and responding with the same rubbish performances they were putting for Rodgers for the past year or so.

If they continue to play so badly, what is it that makes them believe in Klopp that they didn't in the old boss? Only they will know the truth, but for supporters, please be honest and think about how you react.

Rodgers deserves some respect after what he almost achieved. He came closer than you have been in a long time, and the trophy would have been yours if not for that infamous slip. Steven Gerrard says he still can't sleep because of it, so just imagine how the manager felt.

If Gerrard was let off, Rodgers should too. The Northern Irishman gave his best for Liverpool and how the fans and players reacted to his sacking showed no class from a well-respected club worldwide.

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