Ex Chelsea boss: Liverpool buckled under pressure, Rodgers deserves credit

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has appraised Brendan Rodgers' season at Liverpool.

"We can say only good things about Brendan Rodgers for this season."

Those are the words of former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, who worked with the current Liverpool managerial incumbent Rodgers while they were both with the Blues, and believes the Ulsterman deserves full credit for taking the Reds from perennial sixth to eighth-placed finishers, to legitimate title challengers in the space of a brace of years.

"Ask any supporter before this season if Liverpool would be like this - nobody thought it could happen. Almost all the credit is down to Rodgers," the 59-year-old - who has also had stints at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Portsmouth and West Ham United, added when in the Sky Sports News studio earlier today, Tuesday.

Grant, though, says that, despite Liverpool's attacking prowess, their possession of a genuine top three player in world football in Luis Suarez, captain fantastic Steven Gerrard and the strong management of Rodgers, the team - as a unit, coaching staff included - buckled under the pressure of being firmly embroiled in the title challenge; a position they were and are, of course, unaccustomed to.

"As you come to crucial moments pressure is a big factor and that is what happened," he said. "You need to play practical football and have that balance with the defence."

Appraising Rodgers, 41, Avram added: "He is a very curious guy, likes to learn a lot and reads all there is about football. I believe in process. What happened with Liverpool… they are currently better than last season, better than year before - that's down to Rodgers, the strength of the manager.

"They are in a good place to win the title next season."

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