Following Liverpool’s decision to sack boss Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, debate has raged about the legacy the Northern Irishman leaves at Anfield. While some choose to focus on the amazing title charge he masterminded during the 2013/2014 campaign, others have taken a much dimmer of his time on Merseyside with lukewarm league results and short-comings in Europe justifying his tag as yet another failure — a charge that has been refuted by ex-Reds striker Robbie Fowler.
“I don’t think he was a failure as such. I thought he’d done very well, but as I’ve said before football is a results business now,” explained the Liverpool legend. “If you’re not getting the results that you want or you’re not winning leagues or you’re not winning cups, then questions are going to be asked, and sadly for Brendan that’s been the case,” he continued. “But I actually thought he’s been a very good Liverpool manager. I liked him. I like him as a man, I liked him as a manager, I thought his man-management style was very good,” said Fowler. “But the club has said, ‘We want a change,’ and that’s the club’s idea to change the manager and we all stand by that decision.”
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The fate of Rodgers backroom staff — who were reshuffled in the summer following an end of the season review with Mike Gordon — is still to be decided with Klopp requesting that his own people in Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz join him at Anfield. Whether or not the German boss will keep any of the incumbents remains to be seen, but should he look to add to his coaching staff, Fowler said he’ll be ready to join up should the phone ring.
“My personal opinion is he’s a very good manager,” said the Liverpool legend when asked about Klopp. “I don’t know him as a man, I’ve never met him. Looking at him from an outsider I was impressed with his performances over Germany for Dortmund. That’s all it is,” he continued, before adding, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested if a new manager comes in and I’d love to be on the backroom staff. Liverpool’s a massive part of my life. If that was to be the case than I’d absolutely love that.”