Rodgers Reflects On What Might Have Been

Rodgers Reflects On What Might Have Been

Brendan Rodgers should be welcomed back to Anfield on Saturday for the first time since his Liverpool departure back in 2015.

The current Leicester manager, who spent three years with the Reds between 2012 and 2015 will return to Merseyside when his side visits this weekend in their Premier League clash.

Rodgers came close that year. If not for Steven Gerrard’s well televised slip the Liverpool faithful may have been celebrating what might have been.

Reds legend Jamie Carragher, who played under the Northern Irishman, sat down with Rodgers for The Telegraph to ask how the now-Leicester boss reflected on his three-year spell at Liverpool.

Rodgers said that he“doesn’t lose sleep over the Reds narrowly missing out on the title in 2013/14, which came undone after Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield because his side played so well that season.

The defeat saw Rodgers come under intense pressure for the manager falling into a trap of playing attacking, attractive football instead of playing for the draw which would have kept Liverpool’s title hopes alive.

You are going to get that, aren’t you? There are a lot of things said in hindsight, what we could and should have done,” Rodgers said.

“I have heard the other one about us being overconfident. When you look at it before that game I did and said nothing different.

“We had won 11 games on the spin going into that game, making a quick start and playing attacking football. That was what put us in that position, including beating Manchester City at Anfield.

We could not have played any other way and I have no regrets about sticking to that. Of 14 games at the end of that season we won 12.

“You know, when you watch it back we played well in the game for 70 minutes, Chelsea doing nothing.

Then we lost a goal in very unfortunate circumstances before half-time. Even at the start of the second half we were doing okay. The only thing I would accept is maybe a more experienced team would have been calmer in the last 20 minutes chasing the equaliser. We only needed a draw and then obviously conceded another chasing it at the end.

“The story that went unnoticed was Jordan [Henderson] was unavailable for three of the last four games because of a last minute sending off against City. He was a huge miss for us that day. But as time goes on and you see the images and you realise how well we played that season so I don’t lose sleep about it.”

Liverpool were very unfortunate that season and a bit of luck would surely have brought the elusive title back to Anfield. Rodgers was hard done by and after his release from the club fled to Celtic where he enjoyed a period of success and dominance.

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