Reds boss says Fergie should not have revealed dressing-room secrets from time at Old Trafford.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has hit back at former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scot ‘s comments about the Merseyside giants in his recently published autobiography, according to the Daily Mail.
Ferguson was heavily critical of both the Reds’ decision to appoint Rodgers in the first place, and the team that the Northern Irishman has since put together in a bid to win the club’s first-ever Premier League title.
The one-time Red Devils boss wrote in ‘Ferguson: My Autobiography’ that Rodgers was far too young aged just 39 to be handed the job of succeeding Kenny Dalglish in the Anfield dugout, before going on to cause more than a few raised eyebrows by claiming the current Liverpool team were still eight players short of being able to properly challenge for the Premier League title.
However, the Reds coach has now hit back at Fergie, while also questioning whether he should have revealed dressing-room secrets from his time in charge at Old Trafford, telling talkSPORT: “Anyone who’s been in football knows that whatever is said behind closed doors and in the changing room is something you wouldn’t want to hear again.
“It’s something that’s vitally important. You want to know as a human being that you can speak openly and communication is honest, and hopefully wouldn’t get repeated.
“It’s certainly something that in modern time is becoming more difficult. I always felt that years ago you could say those sorts of things, that people were open and honest, but that it would get left behind and you move on.
“As time goes on and all the social communication and technologies come along it makes it that bit more difficult. You would like to think you would still have some old school values and ethics that whatever is said you take it on the chin and keep it behind closed doors and move on.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers also questioned Ferguson’s assertion that Reds skipper Steven Gerrard is not a “top, top player”.
“Everyone who’s seen that (claim) would probably say it’s more than harsh,” said the Liverpool manager.
“I’ve watched Steven over many years and recognised he was a top player but it’s only when you come in and work with the man and realise how professional he is on a daily basis that you understand his performance level.
“This is a guy who at 33 years of age who is a top, top player. He’s a wonderful talent and I don’t think anyone could argue.”