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Rodgers blames conspiracy for Liverpool ‘hysteria’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed
there are external forces at work with an agenda
against him.

Two goals from Daniel Sturridge and one from
James Milner eased the pressure on Rodgers in a
3-2 win over Aston Villa, for whom Rudy Gestede
scored twice.

Rodgers has seen his position come under
increasing scrutiny after some poor
performances but he thinks there is an active
campaign being waged against him.

“I am pretty confident that there is a group of
people that don’t want me here to be the
manager,” he said.

“Sometimes we haven’t lost games and the
hysteria around it is pretty clear that there is
maybe something else going on from behind.
“I am talking about people outside of here (the

“In all competitions we have lost less games than
Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
“We have lost two games, which is equivalent to
Tottenham and Manchester United.

“The hysteria around ourselves is interesting to
note. Myself and the players stay very calm and
work very hard knowing we will get our rewards.
“We are very much together as a team and the
supporters were fantastic today.

“As supporters and players we got the victory.
We are five points off the top and still with a lot of
progress to make.”

Rodgers’ comments suggest he is unhappy with
his treatment in the media. Many former Liverpool
players have been highly critical, although
Rodgers would not offer any hint of who he was
referring to.

Whatever his argument with outside influences,
there is no doubt Liverpool have received a boost
from the return of Sturridge, who scored his first
goals since March after a hip operation.
“It is not rocket science. The last time we scored
three goals was when he started against
Tottenham (in February),” Rodgers added.

“If you want to compete at the top you need
quality. Daniel has shown in his time he is a real
top talent.

“I thought he was outstanding and I was
disappointed he didn’t get a hat-trick.

“His overall game and touch were outstanding
and he had a great combination with Danny Ings.

“That is the first time they have started and they
showed that understanding that good players

While Liverpool are only five points adrift of
leaders Manchester United, Villa are stuck in the
bottom three.

“If you score two at Anfield you expect to take
something from the game but we didn’t do that,”
said manager Tim Sherwood.

“That is a major disappointment but it is
something I expected.

“It is a young group of players we acquired. The
club decided it was the best way to go forward
and I am very privileged to have the chance to
work with them but it comes with its ups and

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