Former Fulham, Hull and Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard has claimed that he’s heard of a fall-out between Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard and that behind the scenes disputes may have cost the Northern Irishman his Liverpool job.
The ex-Swansea manager was dismissed on Sunday following the Reds’ 1-1 draw with local rivals Everton, and although the result was not a particularly poor one, the mood among some supporters had turned poisonous towards the man in the dugout.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, had made the decision ahead of the Everton game and Jurgen Klopp has since emerged as the favourite to step in with talks progressing quickly.
And Bullard has claimed in his exclusive Daily Star column that he believes there may have been a backroom dispute between FSG and Rodgers, while he’s heard that the manager clashed with Gerrard:
“I’ve heard a few rumours about Stevie Gerrard and Brendan not seeing eye to eye. I reckon there’s been a bit of a fall-out there. Something’s gone on. For Stevie to go, all’s not quite right.
“And I reckon something had gone on with Brendan and the club since, because the timing is so odd.
“They’d decided to get rid of him BEFORE the Everton game? What would have happened if they’d drubbed them 4-0?”
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) September 30, 2015