Brendan Rodgers, to be fair, is actually a much better coach then he gets credit for. The problem for the ex-Liverpool manager is that he talks such complete and utter bollocks at times, it’s just very difficult to like him or even take him seriously.
A man who is the very definition of the saying ” if he was a ice-cream, he’d lick himself,” Brendan did however, leave us with some absolutely OUTSTANDING quotes before heading north of the border to rebuild his reputation with Celtic. Let’s have a look at Rodgers at his best/worst …
( 1 ) “My biggest mentor is myself because I’ve had to study and that’s been my biggest influence.” The daddy of all Brendan Rodger Quotes !
( 2 ) “I believe a young player will run through a barbed wire fence for you. An older player looks for a hole in the fence, he’ll try and get his way through it some way, but the young player will fight for you.”
( 3 ) “I will leave no stone unturned in my quest – and that quest will be relentless.”
( 4 ) “I’ve always worked along with the statistic that if you can dominate the game with the ball you have a 79% chance of winning the game.” Its sounds great doesn’t it ? There’s just one problem, there is zero, and we mean zero, factual evidence to back this claim up !
( 5 ) “We play with 11 men, other teams play with 10 men and a goalkeeper.”
( 6 ) “When we lost at Stoke last season I got home on Boxing Day night and family and guests were all around the house. I went straight upstairs to my room and didn’t come out.” We reckon your guests weren’t nearly as upset as you’d imagine Brendan !
( 7 ) “The problem with being a manager is it’s like trying to build an aircraft while it is flying.”
( 8 ) “If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league.” This dig was aimed at Spurs after the Gareth Bale sale. Liverpool then spent £100 million the following summer and finished 6th !
( 9 ) “I started coaching for one reason and that was to make a difference for people, not just as footballers but as human beings.”
( 10 ) “The last 18 months we have been on a magic carpet ride of development but we still have a lot of growth to make.”
( 11 ) “I am the same guy who nearly won us the league, but better. I think I have shown in the early stages of my management – without being arrogant – that with a talented group of players I can compete at the top end of the league.”
( 12 ) “It’s not just about training players, it’s about educating players. You train dogs.”
( 13 ) “I don’t think there is anyone better, that is the reality of how I see it.” You really shouldn’t need us to tell you who Brendan is talking about here.
( 14 ) “After that opening 10 or 15 minutes, when they had a bit too much space behind our midfield, it was the near-perfect away performance.” After Liverpool lost 2-0 to Zenit St.Petersburg.
( 15 ) “I’ve always said that you can live without water for many days, but you can’t live for a second without hope.”
( 16 ) ”He’s the Welsh Xavi” On Joe Allen.
( 17 ) “There are two points: the first is I don’t feel any pressure, I can honestly say that. I have never felt anything other than secure.” Brendan was sacked minutes later !
( 18 ) ”I love to run on the streets around here. I love seeing the people going about their business. These are our people. I love running late in the afternoon, when the doors are open and the dinners are on, and you can smell the mince cooking.”
( 19 ) ”What I say to the players is this: “The crown is on your head, my friend. You are the king of your destiny”
( 20 ) “I use a quote with the players, “Per aspera ad astra”, which is Latin for ‘through adversity to the stars.” Oh, FFS Brendan !
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