Former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer discusses what Steven Gerrard is going through with Brendan Rodgers…
Alan Shearer believes that he can relate to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, and his current issues with Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers, who dropped him to the bench for Saturday’s victory over Stoke City – reports the Daily Mail.
The former Newcastle and England striker explained that he experienced similar circumstances during his time with the Magpies, when Ruud Gullit dropped him.
Shearer claimed that Gullit was ‘flexing his muscles’ by dropping him for Newcastle’s North East derby defeat against Sunderland in 1999, and suspected Rodgers is doing the same with Gerrard.
According to Shearer, Gerrard should be the first-name on the teamsheet, and hinted that he understood why rumours of a bust-up between the pair have emerged, even if those reports have since been disputed by both Gerrard and Rodgers.
Rodgers revealed on Monday that Liverpool have offered the 34-year-old a new contract, but Shearer feels there is more to it, commenting: “Something has gone wrong between the manager who nearly guided the club to a first Premier League title and one of the club’s greatest-ever players.”
“Have no doubt about it – Steven Gerrard was unceremoniously dropped at Anfield on Saturday. Forget about his age or being rested, or not being able to play every game… he was axed, plain and simple.
“I remember being in a situation at Newcastle when Ruud Gullit dropped me for our biggest game of the season at home to Sunderland. He did not even have the courtesy to tell me, I just read it on the board in the dressing room.
“He was obviously flexing his muscles as manager and maybe Rodgers is doing the same. Mind you, it did prove to be the last game Gullit had as Newcastle manager.
“That is certainly not the case with Rodgers at Liverpool and nor should it be. But surely if Liverpool have a big game, the first name on the team-sheet has still got to be Steven Gerrard – not (Raheem) Sterling, (Jordan) Henderson or (Joe) Allen, but Gerrard.”