James Milner arrived at Anfield on a free to little fanfare in the summer of 2015, only a handful of months before then-manager Brendan Rodgers was sacked from the club. The Liverpool vice-captain didn’t have much time to play for Rodgers before the Northern Irishman left Liverpool to be replaced by Jürgen Klopp.
Years later, though, Milner has some kind words for Rodgers, who has gone on to be successful at Celtic.
“It’s a massive club and doesn’t need too much selling but Brendan played a very big part when I made my decision [to move to Anfield],” he told The Times.
“It was unfortunate I didn’t get to play under him for longer. That remains a disappointment, but it’s pleasing to me to see that he’s come to another big club and done so well. Liverpool’s loss has been Celtic’s gain, but we were lucky enough to bring in Jürgen Klopp after Brendan. He’s another top manager, so it’s worked out well for both clubs.
”Brendan did well at Anfield and he came so close to ending that long wait for the title. Would he have turned things round if he’d been given more time? I’m sure he would have done; you don’t come as close as he did to winning the league without doing something right, but the club chose a different path.”
That path brought Klopp into all of our lives, so I’m not sure there are many who would agree with Milner’s take on the situation. Still, Rodgers gave Liverpool fans one of the best seasons in recent memory, and it’s nice to see that he left on good terms with the players.