LISTEN: Rodgers responds to Klopp’s claim he could write a book on defending

first_imgBrendan Rodgers was a special guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and gave his backing to Jurgen Klopp.Klopp – Rodgers’ replacement as Liverpool manager – spoke of his disappointment at his side’s defensive struggles after they almost threw away three points at Leicester on Saturday.The Reds have conceded ten goals in their three away games in the Premier League this season and the German’s claims he could write a book on the art of defending have raised plenty of eyebrows.But Rodgers, fresh from masterminding another Old Firm victory for Celtic, told talkSPORT on Monday he sympathises with Klopp as he hailed his Anfield successor as a ‘top-class manager’.He said: “In modern football, defenders now are different. The expectations at the big clubs in particular are you not only have to defend and you have to like contact and you have to read the game, but you also have to be able to start the game from behind so to get that level of player who then has the leadership qualities is very, very tough. But he is a top class manager.“The expectations at Liverpool are huge. I have been in his shoes so I know what it is like but that is the focus at a club like Liverpool, They have got some outstanding players, they got a good result at the weekend, and they will go to Moscow now and hopefully get a result there.”Listen to the interview with Brendan Rodgers in full abovelast_img read more