Poyet comments show everything that was wrong with Rodgers' time at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers

The coach recently discussed the Northern Irishman's time at Anfield.

Gus Poyet recently suggested that Brendan Rodgers would still be at Liverpool if the Merseyside club hadn't sold Luis Suarez, according to Sky Sports.

Well, I never?

The statement ranks up there with such phrases (ones you might hear from Michael Owen in commentary) like 'if the goalkeeper hadn't have saved it, that would have gone in' and the famous saying about if your aunt had a certain body part she would be your uncle...

Clearly, Rodgers was reliant on Suarez at Liverpool. That was the problem.

"Among other things, probably Brendan Rodgers' job. Maybe if Suarez was still playing for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers would be the coach today," Poyet is quoted as telling Omnisport.

And his comments sum up everything that was wrong with the Northern Irishman's time with the Reds. When Suarez left, Rodgers actually needed to become a manager. He needed to show leadership, organisation and nous.

Instead, he descended into a type of pseudo-leadership, where he used buzz phrases and deflected all responsibility, to the point where Anfield just fell silent every time Liverpool played. Rodgers' 'intensity' and 'philosophy' had drained all the life out of a traditionally vibrant club.

So Poyet is right. But what exactly was the point in him saying what he did? Similarly, Andre Villas-Boas might still be at Tottenham if Gareth Bale was there. If Rodgers needed Suarez so much, Liverpool could have saved his wages and just made the Uruguayan player-manager...

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