Brendan Rodgers has astonishingly criticised his own fans, saying he’s glad he ignored their chants to take off Steven Gerrard when the score was held at 1-1 against QPR and that he clearly knows more than them.
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Gerrard missed a penalty on the 78th minute against the Hoops and Rodgers has revealed he ignored calls from the stands behind him to replace the Reds skipper.
A good decision it turns out, with Gerrard scoring the winning goal from a late Philippe Coutinho corner three minutes from the end, but Rodgers spectacularly rubbed it in to the doubters at the final whistle.
“He’s never beaten. I heard some fans behind me shouting for him to be taken off – and that was before the penalty miss,” said Rodgers, incredibly trashing his own fans, according to the Daily Star.
“But I know his mentality. Players miss penalties at all levels and the player in question normally end up getting substituted because it affects him.
“With Steven it works the other way. It actually inspires him. He has an absolutely phenomenal talent with a tremendous drive and a determination not to be beaten.
“It comes from within. There is only a small bracket of players who have that feeling of never being beaten.”
With Gerrard counting down the games, and probably days, until his last game in Red with his looming summer move to LA Galaxy, Rodgers gave him opportunity just after the goal to milk the applause and plaudits at Anfield as he was substituted.
Even with Man United’s loss yesterday, Liverpool’s win likely leaves them too short to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and it will be intriguing to see in the coming weeks how that affects both their summer transfer activity and Brendan Rodgers’ future as boss.
But rubbing in Liverpool fans’ faces when he gets one over on them is surely not the best way to go about it.