By Gianni Verschueren , Oct 9, 2015
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has opened up on the decision to sack former manager Brendan Rodgers and bring in Jurgen Klopp, calling the latter a world-class manager and pointing at the club’s inconsistent showings under Rodgers and the lack of success of a number of signings.
As reported by the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter, Werner called Rodgers an “outstanding manager” and refused to divulge too much information:
When we appointed Brendan we thought he was going to be the right manager for Liverpool. Obviously we now feel that we have got the world-class manager and beyond that there is not much more I would like to say.
We gave Brendan, as you know, an opportunity to see if we could improve this season. There was some very good football last season and some not so good football. There were some challenges that dealt with injuries, we brought in some new players that Brendan recommended that we thought would take us forward. We are where we are. I don’t want to say too much. Brendan is an outstanding manager and we decided to move in a different direction and I am very optimistic.
The Northern Irishman took the job in 2012 and arrived amid much fanfare after a great spell with Swansea City. He had the squad playing some exciting football in his first season at the helm and nearly led the Reds to the Premier League title in 2013-14, which would have been their first since the 1989-90 season.