Brendan Rodgers, forever spewing nonsensical jargon at a rate that suggests he one day plans to publish a ‘Best Of’ anthology containing only his own comedy musings, has arguably produced his finest confusion-causing verbals to date.
Following his Liverpool side’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, the Ulsterman, in defending Raheem Sterling, stated the reason the teenager has found it tough going this term is because there are no world class talents playing alongside him.
Considering that the bulk of those assets Rodgers rates as below world-class were signed by him this summer for a combined outlay of £113m, such a proclamation appears especially outlandish.
With the club languishing in 11th-place in the Premier League and out of the Champions League after six matches, anything but victory over Arsenal next – a feat they’re 7/4 to achieve – will see the substantial pressure he’s already under ramped up further.
The support of the dressing room is still there, or so these words from skipper Steven Gerrard dated earlier in 2014, indicate:
“His one-on-one management is the best I’ve known.”
It’s high praise indeed, but would the best man manager the 34-year-old has ever happened across go on camera to say that not one of his players, aside from teacher’s pet Sterling, is world class? It doesn’t strike as a masterstroke at first glance.
His comments regarding why misfiring Mario Balotelli (who, incidentally, is available at 6/4 to last longer than Rodgers at Liverpool) was purchased can’t have done much to make the Italian, who has proven he’s capable of playing better than he currently is with appropriate managerial guidance, feel wanted at Anfield.
Then there’s his admonishing of Pepe Reina, a goalkeeper who’s obviously superior to all of those currently on the Liverpool books, if not the bulk of the world’s population, which is seemingly borne out of jealously that the Spaniard rates hugely-decorated Rafa Benitez as a better boss than him.
These don’t strike as comments of a motivational genius and Liverpool’s current plight indicates that perhaps he isn’t the man management mastermind Gerrard rates him as.