Rodgers reflects on almost winning Liverpool’s ‘holy grail’

Date published: Monday 4th September 2017 10:45

Brendan Rodgers has reflected on the “special” season when he almost guided Liverpool to the Premier League title.

The Reds came agonisingly close to winning their first top-flight crown since 1990 when they finished second in the 2013/14 campaign.

They led the table for much of the season, but a defeat to Chelsea in April and a draw with Crystal Palace in the following game virtually ended their hopes.

Manchester City pipped them to the title by two points, and it was to represent Rodgers’ high point at Anfield.

The Northern Irishman was sacked by October 2015 after a poor 2014/15 season, and he admits that the experience was “draining”.

“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

“I had offers from England and a couple from China, where the money is very good, and that’s tempting for a boy from Northern Ireland.

“But 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.

“I came as close as anyone there to the holy grail of winning the league. That season, with the fans, it was special.”

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