Liverpool legend John Aldridge thought Stoke score-line was a joke, has sympathy with Brendan Rodgers

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John Aldridge said he thought someone was 'taking the mick' when he was told the Reds were 5-0 down at half time at Stoke City.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge thought someone was having a joke with him when he heard his old side were 5-0 down to Stoke City at half time on Sunday. 

The ex-striker didn't see the game and was taking part in a charity match, but did claim to be one of the lucky ones unable to see the game. 

In his Liverpool Echo column, he said: "I have to admit, I didn’t fancy us going into the game. Myself, John Wark and Ronnie Whelan were looking at the team when it landed, and it didn’t fill us with confidence at all. It looked like a team without presence all over the pitch, a team without a threat. Our fears were proved correct, sadly.

"Still, it’s one thing to think you might get beat, but quite another to lose 6-1. At Stoke City. I came off the pitch at the charity match and someone said it was 5-0 at half time. I thought they were taking the mick. Liverpool Football Club do not lose games in this manner, by that kind of scoreline. It just doesn’t happen."

Unfortunately for Liverpool it did happen, and, as Aldridge said, the club is currently hurting, and the irate fans are demanding answers. 

Manager Brendan Rodgers was always going to be under pressure going into the summer having missed out on the Champions League and finished the season without any silverware - but the manner and the scale of the defeat to the Potters means there are calls for the man that came so close to ending the club's wait for a league title last year to leave.

Aldridge does have some sympathy with the manager, saying: "In his worst nightmares, he won’t have expected that kind of performance, that kind of result.

"He will be hurting as bad as anyone, make no mistake about that. He knows that is not acceptable for the club, and it will be tearing him up.

"I hope it’s tearing his players up too. They have got to wait two months before they get a chance to get it out of their systems. If they have any pride in themselves, any pride in their profession, then they will be stewing on this for weeks, months even. They have to bear it, learn from it and come back fighting. It’s as simple as that."

Liverpool should be hurting after such a poor performance and humiliating result to go with it, but the fact they have no games remaining to respond with should spur them on to have a good start to the next campaign.

All the noises concerning Rodgers' position in charge of first team affairs indicate he will remain in place but his position will remain precarious going into next season, and he will be under a lot of pressure to start the season well.

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