Rodgers: Ferguson criticism of Liverpool player was 'disappointing'

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's clash with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the criticism of Jordan Henderson in Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography was harsh.

Ferguson also passed comments about Steven Gerrard not being a ‘top, top player’ though despite joking he wasn’t there to publicise the former Manchester United manager’s book, Rodgers leaped to the defence of the midfielder signed by Kenny Dalglish in 2011.

Ferguson indicated that the running style of Henderson could cause him problems in the future, despite reports indicating that he was keen to sign the former Sunderland man the January before Liverpool secured the midfielder’s signature.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s game with West Brom at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, Rodgers said: ‘The statement I thought in terms of Jordan was inappropriate really. Having worked with him for over a season, you won’t get a more honest player to work with as a manager or a coach.

‘He comes in here every single day to give everything to becoming a player and in the time he’s been here he’s obviously improved and improved and improved. So, I’m sure somewhere along the line, if Sir Alex bumps into Jordan he will apologise for that.’

On Gerrard, Rodgers said he doesn’t think what Ferguson said was credible.

Ahead of their clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Rodgers has said the side have talked about trying to eradicate their errors from set-pieces.

The Liverpool boss said: ‘The more you concede at set pieces the more you will [develop a reputation for it]. The ball last week was a straight forward ball into the area, we just didn’t defend it well. It’s something we’ve worked on and talked about this week in terms of our defensive mentality.

‘Last we week we were frustrated afterwards. We sensed really that we dropped two points.’

Rodgers says he expects Lucas to return whilst hinting Philippe Coutinho will miss out this weekend, but has resumed training.

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