Brendan Rodgers says that he thinks former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has broken “old school values and ethics” by speaking out about former players in his autobiography.
The Old Trafford legend has caused a stir with his book this week, released today, after criticising former United stars David Beckham, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney – and he also had words on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
The Northern Irishman does not believe that such words should have left the dressing room.
“Anyone who’s been in football knows that whatever is said behind closed doors and in the changing room is something you wouldn’t want to hear again.” he told talkSPORT.
“It’s something that’s vitally important. You want to know as a human being that you can speak openly and communication is honest, and hopefully wouldn’t get repeated.
“It’s certainly something that in modern time is becoming more difficult. I always felt that years ago you could say those sorts of things, that people were open and honest, but that it would get left behind and you move on.
“As times goes on and all the social communication and technologies come along it makes it that more difficult.
“You would like to think you would still have some old school values and ethics that whatever is said, you take it on the chin and keep it behind closed doors and move on.”
Ferguson also said that he does not believe that Gerrard is “a top, top player” – something Rodgers takes exception to.
“I think everyone who’s seen the comments will think they are harsh,” he said.
“His performance level at 33 years of age shows he’s a top, top player. He’s a great talent – a wonderful player – and I don’t think anyone could argue against that.”