Brendan Rodgers blames Henderson red card as much as Gerrard’s slip for Liverpool throwing title away – The Sun

BRENDAN RODGERS says Jordan Henderson getting sent-off played as much a part in costing Liverpool the title than Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea.

Gerrrard's tumble to allow Demba Ba to score and set the Reds on the way to a damaging defeat which effectively handed Manchester City the title in 2014.

But Rodgers, who this weekend returns to Anfield for the first time since he was sacked in 2015, says Henderson's late red card in the clash with City was just as pivotal.

The Leicester boss told the Telegraph: “We had won 11 games on the spin going into that game, making a quick start and playing attacking football.

"That was what put us in that position, including beating Manchester City at Anfield. We could not have played any other way and I have no regrets about sticking to that.

"Of 14 games at the end of that season we won 12.

“You know, when you watch it back we played well in the game for 70 minutes, Chelsea doing nothing. Then we lost a goal in very unfortunate circumstances before half-time.

"Even at the start of the second half we were doing okay. The only thing I would accept is maybe a more experienced team would have been calmer in the last 20 minutes chasing the equaliser.

"We only needed a draw and then obviously conceded another chasing it at the end.

“The story that went unnoticed was Jordan [Henderson] was unavailable for three of the last four games because of a last minute sending off against City.

"He was a huge miss for us that day.

"But as time goes on and you see the images and you realise how well we played that season so I don’t lose sleep about it.”Jurgen Klopp ‘to be evicted by landlord Brendan Rodgers’ after Liverpool’s Champions League victory

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