Liverpool FC boss Brendan Rodgers has called rejecting the chance to manage Tottenham Hotspur, “a close shave”


Brendan Rodgers feels he was lucky by not accepting the Tottenham job last season. The Liverpool boss was one of the candidates for the managerial job and was approached to take over the Lilywhites after the ousting of Harry Redknapp.

Now he feels he is lucky to not have taken the job.

“A close shave. They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was their history. They’d had 11 managers in 18 years there, so for someone like myself, who needed to create something, I needed to go to a club that was going to give that opportunity”

Rodgers also regards Bale leaving Spurs as a factor for the club not doing so well at the moment. The northern Irishman  thanks his stars for being able to keep Suarez through the craziness of the summer transfer window, where there was a great chance of the Uruguayan leaving the club.

“It’s difficult. They have had a good couple of years, they were up there under Harry Redknapp. Obviously there have been difficulties from Bale leaving. It shows you that when you have someone with that X-factor, sometimes eight, nine or 10 players can’t replace that.That was why we fought like tigers to keep Luis Suarez here because he is a top player, he is a performer.”

Rodgers is confident that he will be able to prove his worth for Liverpool with time and show the supporters and club that he is the right man for the job.

“There are many good players but very few who perform week in, week out to that level. I am more than happy with the choice I made to come here and hopefully in time it will prove to be the right one.”