Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp has said his predecessor Brendan Rodgers was not sacked by Liverpool for losing his “football brain” but possibly over a fallout with the club’s bosses.

Rodgers was fired in October 2015 after he failed to replicate the form from the previous season which saw the team finishing in the second place.

The 46-year-old returns to Anfield today for the first time since his dismissal, guiding his third-place Leicester City side in a league clash against table-topping Reds.

Speaking ahead of the match,
Klopp, however, believes his predecessor’s quality was never doubted at the club but a breakdown in his relationship with his seniors may have contributed to his departure.

He said: “For the public, when a manager gets the sack, they think he lost his football brain or something. That is not how it happened.

“Whatever it was I do not know, but it was not his quality as a coach. As easy as that.

“Expectations, relationships, whatever, if that doesn’t work anymore, the club has to make a decision. That will happen one day and the club will make a decision.”

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