Jose Mourinho talks Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool and their captain
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho answers questions on Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers and captain Steven Gerrard
Jose Mourinho has refused to take credit for Brendan Rodgers’s rise and rise at Liverpool.
The 41-year-old manager has taken the Reds to the brink of an inaugural Premier League title, with Liverpool five points clear of second-placed Chelsea ahead of their clash at Anfield on Sunday.
I think Brendan Rodgers is a good manager because of him
Rodgers, who was appointed as Kenny Dalglish’s successor at Anfield in May 2012, was part of Mourinho’s staff during the Portuguese coach’s first tenure at the west London side before managing Reading and Swansea City.
Asked if the Northern Irishman has turned into such a good manager because of the Chelsea boss’s influence, Mourinho replied: “Brendan Rodgers is a good manager because of him.”
He added: “He has the credit of every manager. When things go well, the manager is one of those responsible. When things go wrong, he is responsible.”
Liverpool can end Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Premier League if the Reds are winners on Sunday – and pressed to further analyse Rodgers’s impact at Liverpool and his thoughts on the Anfield clash, Mourinho said: “Don’t ask me about Liverpool and Brendan.
Why [does Gerrard deserve to win the title]? So many big players and they’ve never won it
“My thoughts on the game? We are going to try to win. That is a simple and objective answer.
“Nobody goes into a game trying to lose. My thoughts on the game? One more game.”
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is widely regarded as one of the best players to have graced the Premier League without winning the top-flight crown, alongside the likes of Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and David Ginola.
However, Mourinho doesn’t believe that the 33-year-old Reds midfielder, who is among the six nominees for the PFA’s player of the year award, deserves to win the Premier League more than any other player who hasn’t been crown a champion of England.
“Why [does Gerrard deserve to win the title]? [There are] so many big players and they’ve never won it.”