Former Liverpool Player Slates Leicester Boss Brendan Rodgers
Former Premier League star and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has lifted the lid on what it was like to play for Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and he has delivered some blows to the now Leicester City manager.
He calls the Northern Irishman out for ‘trying to be’ Jose Mourinho, with many of his techniques and mannerisms taken from the Portuguese manager. Rodgers was at Chelsea during Mourinho’s first spell in charge of the club and it seems he took a lot on board from ‘the special one’ although it did not always go down well with his players.
Speaking to The Kick Off, where Johnson was a special guest, he opened up about the former Celtic manager.
"It sort of stems from when he was understudy to Mourinho at Chelsea.
"He's got so many mannerisms from him which almost seems like sometimes he's trying to be Mourinho.
"You know when someone's trying too hard? It doesn't carry the same punch."
Johnson also revealed Rodgers pulled a three-letter stunt on the players at the start of the season which was not taken well by the Liverpool players. Rodgers stood at the front of the room with three envelopes claiming he had written a name in each, one player who would let the squad down this season.
"I remember I was looking around like 'is he f*****g serious?," Johnson said.
"And you could bet your bottom dollar all those envelopes were empty.
“After that it was a 'trying to get a reaction' sort-of speech.
"And then over the course of the season hoping that everyone's forgotten about that meeting and no one brings it up."
Rodgers would go on to ‘almost’ lead Liverpool to the Premier League title, whilst Johnson soon left for Stoke City before hanging up his boots.