Brendan Rodgers identifies one of the main reasons for Liverpool's collapse – NOT the Steven Gerrard Slip | Football | Sport



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During the 2013/14 season, when Rodgers was Liverpool's boss, they won 12 of the final 14 games, but a loss to Chelsea helped Manchester City clinch the title.

Rodgers believes it was not Gerrard's slip in the game against the Blues that cost the loss but the absence of Jordan Henderson.

That was because the 28-year-old was sent off in the last moments of his previous game against Manchester City, and Rodgers thinks the Reds lost Henderson's talents during a 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

"Of the last 14 games, we won 12 and we got one and lost one," Rodgers said.

"It was unfortunate the real game of Chelsea in which we participate, we play very well.

"But of those players back then, the element that is taken out of that period is Jordan Henderson.

"He was sent off at the end of the Manchester City game in the very last kick and his absence was a factor that really hurt us – he was so good at pressing."

Rodgers, who is now Leicester coach, will see his team take on former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini when they visit West Ham today.

And the 46-year-old admitted the best team he had won five years ago when he faced Pellegrini for the Premier League title.

"He's a really good guy, he's stopped us from winning the title a few years ago," Rodgers said.

"Obviously, it was difficult to accept the delay.

"The best team deserved to win over the 38 games and they did."

Leicester are seventh on the table, five points ahead of the Hammers, after Rodger won four victories in his first six games as a gaffer.

However, before his trip to the London Stadium, he chose young Declan Rice from West Ham to watch.

"He's a brilliant player, a young talent," Rodger said of the English international.

He is arguably his main player – at such a young age.

"His reading of the game is fantastic for such a young player and you can see that he loves football.

"He plays with passion and can virtually do everything.

"He can move forward, move with both feet, touch and feel the danger, intercept and block.

"He's a very talented boy and a great talent."

After their match against West Ham, the Foxes face three difficult matches against the clubs in the top six.

They receive Arsenal on Monday before traveling north to face Manchester City and end the season at King Power Stadium against Chelsea.

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