Arsene Wenger has been highly critical of Liverpool’s decision to axe former boss Brendan Rodgers and replace him with Jurgen Klopp, claiming he doesn’t understand the rationale behind their actions.
The Northern Irishman was unceremoniously sacked recently, with Liverpool clearly having Klopp in mind to replace him. Wenger believes the Merseyside club acted too hastily however, and should have given Rodgers more time.
He pointed out that the club haven’t won the league since 1990 (before the conception of the Premier League), and that they came closest under Rodgers two years ago.
“Let’s not forget Liverpool has not won the championship since . They won 18 championships and since [’90] they have not won the championship,” he said (via beIN Sports exclusive).
“They came the closest to winning it two years ago and now I don’t know why really, the rational reasons why they have made that decision so quickly. It’s difficult for me to understand.
“I’m surprised because first of all for me it’s very sad.
“I think when you lose your job in life, it’s difficult and on top of that after eight games it’s very, very difficult because if you start well and you have a bad moment during the season, people forgive you.
“But if you start wrong straight away you are questioned and that’s what happened to Brendan Rodgers.
“I don’t know why really, the rational reasons why they have made that decision so quickly. It’s difficult for me to understand.”
Whether Liverpool were right to let Rodgers go is questionable, but their timing is certainly poor. They handed him a huge amount of money to play with this past summer, and he spent big on a number of players. They then gave him just eight games to show he was the right man for the job, before giving him the sack following their 1-1 draw with Everton.
Klopp is an excellent manager, but taking over eight games into the season is a difficult job. He has to implement his own style with the players signed by his predecessor, and must wait until January in order to make his own signings.
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With Wenger currently far and away the longest serving manager in the Premier League, he knows a thing or two about longevity at a club. He clearly feels it’s important to stick with your manager, and is understandably sad to see a fellow Premier League boss get the sack.