Most of the media have been crucifying Brendan Rodgers this season, rightly or wrongly, but one man who simply doesn’t understand it is John Motson.
Speaking on the Monday Night Club, the legendary commentator said:
“There’s a conspiracy against Brendan Rodgers.”
“Every time I read an article about Liverpool, there’s somebody digging away at him.”
“If we can put things in perspective, two years ago he nearly won the league.
“What do Liverpool seriously expect? They haven’t won the league for over 20 years. I think there’s an agenda there, and I think there’s certain people driving it.”
It’s an interesting point of view from somebody who’s probably watched as much football over the past 50 years as anybody on the planet.
Motson is right to remind fans that Rodgers is only failing to do what the likes of Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish also failed to do with Liverpool – win the Premier League.
But to suggest there’s an actual conspiracy is wrong, as the bluster and criticism surrounding Rodgers’ work is hyperbolic, reactive and unstructured.
The club want Rodgers to succeed because it’ll cost them £7m to fire him (via Daily Star), and it’s not like a prospective manager will be conniving to get the Northern Irishman sacked!
Rodgers did almost lead Liverpool to the title, but there’s only a certain amount of time that one season’s (almost) success can keep him at the Anfield helm. We need his side to start delivering on the field, and very soon.