Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers talks about Sir Alex Ferguson’s comment and how Daniel Sturridge can become one of the best in Europe.
Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, as they look to keep up with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea at the top. The Premier League title race this season is still at its infancy, but it has all the makings of being the most open in recent times. Liverpool face an in form West Brom side, who are on a four match unbeaten run and has already taken points of Manchester United and Arsenal.
Sir Alex Ferguson has grabbed most of the headlines ahead of this fixture with his revealing and controversial autobiography. The former Manchester United manager has had a lot to say about Liverpool, Steven Gerrard and even Jordan Henderson. Brendan Rodgers, inevitably, faced questions regarding Ferguson’s comments on Gerrard and this is what he had to say –
“Gerrard is a world class player and still operates at a high level.
“Alex is entitled to have his own opinion, but I’m not here to publicise his book.
“The one thing I was disappointed with was his comments on Jordan Henderson. He’s a model professional and is giving everything to improve – and he is improving.
“I’m sure if Alex Ferguson bumps into Jordan Henderson at some point in the future, he’ll apologize.”
Rodgers also felt that a manager shouldn’t reveal dressing room secrets in public and players will now think twice before approaching a manager regarding any issue.
“I’d be bitterly disappointed if a player felt he couldn’t come to me about something out of fear the manager may repeat it in a book later down the line.
“I’ve had a couple of opportunities to write a book, but it’s not something I’m interested in right now.” – The Liverpool manager said.
The former Swansea manager also felt that the side will continue to develop and get strong as a team as all the injured players return to full fitness.
“We’re always looking to improve. When I came here the club had finished 8th, and last year we finished 7th so we’ve still got huge strides to make.
“We’ve had a few injuries this year and they’re starting to come back now, so our game will continue to improve.” – He added.
Liverpool legend Ian Rush has recently said that Daniel Sturridge can become a 30-goals-a-season striker for the Merseyside club. Although Rodgers wasn’t specific about numbers, he felt that Sturridge will develop into one of the best forwards in Europe.
“I don’t set Daniel Sturridge targets to score X amount of goals a season. But I’ve said this before, I believe he can be one Europe’s best strikers in years to come.” – Rodgers claimed.
He also provided update on the fitness of Countinho, who has been such an influential player since his arrival last season.
“He’s still struggling with his shoulder. He’s been working with us these last few days, but his touch on the ball and his skill is exceptional. You do miss quality and it will be great to have him back next week.” – He said.
Liverpool dropped points against Newcastle last week as they failed to score a winner despite their numerical advantage. Rodgers gave credit to Newcastle for their resolute defence and also looked forward to facing a ‘dangerous’ West Brom side, who have already caused a lot of trouble to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
“Part of the result last week was the resiliance of Newcastle – you have to give credit to them. We just couldn’t make the breakthrough. There was a sense of frustration, but you have to move onto the next game.
“West Brom are a dangerous team, but we know our home games are vital and we really need to make sure we get three points at the weekend.
“They’ve got a solid team and a solid defence. They’re got a really good structure their team who are strong and can pass well.
“We know it’s a difficult game, but every game is difficult in this league whether it’s home or away. We need to work out how to solve these problems and overcome them.
“It’s always going to be tough and it’s a sign that the league is evolving that there are so many good teams.
“We’ve been working on it because we know we can get goals. It’s something we need to fix as we know that we can keep clean sheets – we kept three in a row at the start of the season.
“If you analyse the goals we’ve conceded from set pieces, we haven’t done our jobs properly. It’s about concentration, losing a man and not covering the posts properly.” – The Liverpool manager told the press.