Brendan Rodgers has described comments made about Liverpool players Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as “inappropriate”,
Ferguson, writing in his autobiography, claimed Gerrard was never a player of the highest level, that Stewart Downing, now at West Ham, was overpriced, and Jordan Henderson has a style of running that will lead to injuries later in his career.
Rodgers deflected Ferguson’s criticism of England and Liverpool captain Gerrard but called for an apology over what was said about Henderson, believing that the criticism was unnecessary and potentially harmful to Henderson’s future.
“I think if Sir Alex ever bumps into Jordan he might want to apologise for that,” Rodgers said. “The comment surprised me, I have to be honest, coming from someone with such status in the game.
“Maybe it was meant as flippant but to a young player making his way in the game it could be damaging,” the former Swansea boss continued. “Every player is different, and every player at this club has had his strengths and weaknesses medically assessed. The statement in terms of Jordan was inappropriate.”
Ferguson also claimed Liverpool were eight players short of a team capable of winning the Premier League title. “That’s probably two short of what they need then,” Rodgers replied.
“Sir Alex has obviously bided his time and now feels that his retirement is the time to put a few things straight. It is his right to do that, but I won’t be rushing out to buy a copy,” Rodgers added.
Henderson was signed for Liverpool by Rodgers’ predecessor, Kenny Dalglish, having come through the youth system at Sunderland. He has made more than 100 appearances for the Anfield club, and has five caps for the senior England team.
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