Former Liverpool manager and fan favourite Gerard Houllier has reflected on Brenden Rodgers unsuccessful reign at Liverpool.
Rodgers was sacked as Reds manager earlier this month following three trophyless years and was replaced by former Jurgen Klopp, who’s contracted until 2018.
Houllier also claimed that the club’s recruitment strategy in signing multiple players in the same position has caused significant problems at Anfield.
Frenchman Houllier, who has named his new book ‘Je Ne Marcherai Jamais Seul’ meaning ‘I’ll Never Walk Alone’ in homage to the Kop’s famous anthem, made his comments to The secret Footballer– the pseudonym of an alleged Premier League footballer-turned-journalist and writer.
In contrast, Houllier spent six years in charge at Anfield and went on to claim the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Community Shield, Europa League and Super Cup.
Houllier managed the Reds between 1998 and 2004 and brought in stars such as Sami Hyypia, Dietmar Hamann, Gary McAllister, John Arne Riise and Jerzy Dudek.
And the Frenchman believes Rodgers struggled because he signed too many players, having spent £291,550,000 on 31 new recruits.
But Gerard Houllier is confident former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp can turn it around for the Reds, who currently sit ninth in the Premier League table.
The 68-year-old said:
“Regarding Liverpool’s recruitment strategy, I would say that their main mistake is that they signed too many players. You need to have cohesion in your team, to keep the players.”
“They lost Luis Suarez and brought in too many strikers – they took Mario Balotelli, they took Rickie Lambert.”
“I liked Brendan Rodgers because he made his team play very well. And some players improved with him.”
“Unfortunately, Liverpool had too many injuries and they didn’t win a trophy.”
“They had an opportunity in the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season, they could have won against Aston Villa. But once again, you need to have luck.”
“When you think back to the season before, they were doing so well. And then Steven Gerrard slipped, probably depriving his team off the title.”
The German hasn’t lost since taking charge on 8 October but is yet to find his first win after drawing against Tottenham, Rubin Kazan and Southampton.
He added: “The future will tell, but I trust Jurgen to do well. I know him, I think his passion will fitting in well with the passion of the fans of Anfield.”
“He’s still a young, energetic coach. He knows what he wants, he’s got not only a vision but also a good philosophy. I think he’ll be loved by the players and the fans.”