Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers has been backed by Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood to come good at Anfield, with the Villa boss claiming he could have become Real Madrid manager if he had won the league in 2013-14.

Liverpool FC came within a whisker of winning the Premier League 2013-14, when an unfortunate slip from Steven Gerrard led to Chelsea scoring an important goal that condemned Liverpool FC to a loss, and the title slipped in the penultimate game against Crystal Palace.

The 2013-14 run was the closest the Anfield side have come to a league title win since their last one in 1990.

With expectations running sky-high, Liverpool were expected to do well in the 2014-15 season, but finished a disappointing sixth, having lost the magical Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona and forward Daniel Sturridge to injury for the majority of the season.

Liverpool FC lucky to have Rodgers

Rodgers has come under increasing pressure from the Anfield faithfuls with his side struggling this season following another renewal of the squad.

However, Villa manager Tim Sherwood has defended the Liverpool FC boss, stating that the Reds are lucky to have him.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Sherwood said:”After that season, they finished second. If they’d won the league, could they have kept hold of Brendan Rodgers? They would have tried everything – and they did. He signed a new contract after that.

“All of a sudden, he doesn’t turn into a bad manager, it’s fine margins. We might have seen him at Real Madrid.

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“Why wouldn’t we have seen him there? He’d have won the English Premier League with a team who hasn’t won it for God knows how many years.”

Rodgers paying price for over-achieving

Sherwood reckons that the raised expectations at Anfield are not in sync with their stature as a club and it is Rodgers’ success that has raised them.

“He would have been the hottest property in football. A week is a long time in this game, let alone a year. Because they got so close, it intensifies the pressure. He’s paying the price for overachieving a couple of seasons ago.

“It’s harder to be a manager now than 20 years ago with social media and faceless people having their opinions. There’s more pundits than players.”