Brendan Rodgers has been, and still is, ‘intimidated’ by Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, according to pundit, Andy Gray.
The Reds skipper’s move to MLS side LA Galaxy was confirmed earlier today, following the player’s announcement last week that he will not sign a new contract at Anfield, thus ending his career-long association with the club.
With games such as the famous Istanbul Champions League Final and the FA Cup Wembley triumph over West Ham behind him, the 34-year-old’s influence at Liverpool has been massive, with many claiming that he’s the best player to have ever pulled on the team’s iconic shirt.
Rodgers himself has said that he wanted to keep Gerrard on Merseyside with a fresh deal, but Gray – a former Everton player – believes that the Northern Irishman may secretly be happy to see the back of his skipper thanks to his power and standing:
“I don’t know whether Brendan quite likes the fact that he has got young players who are not really what I would call household names,” he told talkSPORT. “I think he quite likes controlling young players, working with younger players, making them better. I’m not too sure he likes the big personalities around him
“I really feel that Brendan is one of these coaches where big players intimidate him a little bit. Steven certainly does, and I think Brendan would rather work with younger players.
“I think certain things have upset him. The contract negotiations haven’t gone the way they should when you are Steven Gerrard. When people say he is just another player, he is not – he is Steven Gerrard. What he has done for that club is incredible.”