Rodgers makes extraordinary claim as he compares Celtic to Liverpool
By James Black
Brendan Rodgers has made the extraordinary claim that he faces more pressure at Celtic than he did at Liverpool.
Nonetheless, the Hoops manager revealed his time at Anfield was so draining that he needed to move to London after he was sacked by the Reds.
Speaking at a Q&A in Northern Ireland, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers admitted that, after some time away, he craved that pressure again and believes the pressure he is under to deliver at Celtic is even greater than that he faced at Anfield.
He said: “I had come out of one of the biggest institutions in the world and I had to find that pressure again. I’ve got that now.
“With Liverpool you can go away from home and draw and that’s OK. But Celtic, you have to win every game. It’s a different pressure.”
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Given both clubs’ stature in their respective leagues, it’s an extraordinary claim that Rodgers faces more pressure in Glasgow than Liverpool.
Celtic spend more than the rest of the SPFL combined on players, while Liverpool is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world with intense pressure to succeed and return to the club’s former glories.
The 44-year-old Northern Irishman has seen his reputation grow as he prepares for a second crack at the Champions League when his Celtic side take on PSG, Anderlecht and Bayern Munich.
During his time at Liverpool, Rodgers came close to ending the Red’s decades long wait for a title when his side pushed eventual winners Manchester City until the final day of the season.
Rodgers’ side had been in pole position to lift their first Premier League title until they failed to win two of their last three games, sending the title to the Eithad.
The pressure that came with taking Liverpool was so intense that Rodgers had to move to London to get away from it.
“When I came out of Liverpool I needed a break,” Rodgers said. “It was so intense. It was draining. We moved to London just to come away from it.”