Brendan Rodgers reveals details of Jurgen Klopp chat

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
Rodgers staged a meeting with Klopp
Rodgers staged a meeting with Klopp

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he sat down with his successor Jurgen Klopp to offer any help he could.

Rodgers has stated that he discussed the role of being Reds manager with Klopp, offering his help if the German should ever require it.

“I remember when Klopp first got the job and we sat down and we spoke. We sat and had a chat at my house,” Rodgers told beIN Sports.

“He’s a good guy. Whatever help he needed going into the job, I was there for that.”

The Northern Irishman also gave reasons as to why the club signed Christian Benteke while he was in charge.

The £32m striker, who has managed just six Premier League strikes in 21 appearances, was also discussed during the meeting of the former and current Anfield boss.

“We felt at that time that Christian was up there in terms of goals to games," continued Rodgers.

"We felt that he was someone that we didn’t have in the squad. The problem now is the patience element. There doesn’t seem to be time.

“We talk about patience. An example is Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich and he wouldn’t have got the patience in the Premier League that he did in the Bundesliga and now look at him.

“Christian over time will show he’s a top class player.”

Klopp previously told the Liverpool Echo that he had met with Rodgers before the Reds’ 4-1 victory away to Manchester City in November, though the German said football matters were not discussed.

"It was a really nice talk, he is a nice guy," said Klopp.

“I said that before I met him and we had a good talk. There was nothing else about sport – we spoke about the world and private things. 

“If I wanted to ask him something about the club I would have met him earlier, not after six weeks. It is not important what we talked about.”