Yet one can’t help but feel that Rodgers struck the right tone in yesterday’s press conference. He said he wasn’t there to publicise his book but when asked, he was going to reply to defend the club he manages then talk about the weekend’s clash with West Brom at Anfield.
It would’ve been interesting to see the press interpretation if Ferguson was still in the dugout at Old Trafford – whether Rodgers’ comments will have been presented as some kind of tirade and that the Scotsman was playing mind games.
Yet given how poorly received it has been in some sections of the footballing world, what Rodgers has said seems to resonate with a fair few people.
Here is what former manager Roy Hodgson said when Ferguson accused Fernando Torres of diving in a game between the two sides at Old Trafford.
'Sir Alex is entitled to any opinion he wants to have. I prefer to talk about the game and talk about issues that interest me. Sir Alex is entitled to any opinion he wants to have but I'm not going to come here and say I agree or disagree.’
A stark contrast. What Rodgers did was give the odd compliment, he acknowledged the work that Ferguson has done in English football, with some achievements that will perhaps never be surpassed – irrespective of that, the Liverpool boss wasn’t going to let him have an unwarranted pop at the club and the players. Especially given it was two players that he tried to sign – Gerrard he openly admitted he tried to sign, whilst Ferguson tried his best in the January of 2011 to prise Henderson away from the Stadium of Light towards Old Trafford.
The best thing he did was used it as an opportunity to indirectly say to his players publicly that anything that goes on in between the dressing room walls at Liverpool will stay there – that there will be no betrayal of confidence.
At the end of the day, if someone attacks your side, you retaliate. That is what fans want to say, and Rodgers probably did it in the coolest way possible.
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