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Steven Gerrard says Brendan Rodgers must explain sackings of Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe

Matt Law

Published 09/06/2015 | 17:49

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with Steven Gerrard
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers must explain why his assistant Colin Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh have been sacked.

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Rodgers survived an end-of-season review with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, but Pascoe and Marsh paid the price for the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Former Liverpool player Sami Hyypia has been linked with a return to the club in a coaching capacity, while Rafa Benitez’s former assistant Pako Ayestaran is interested and former Manchester United coach and ex-Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has been considered.

Gerrard, who is joining LA Galaxy, insists he is in the dark over what is going on at Anfield but admits he is intrigued to hear the justification for Pascoe and Marsh going.

“I was very surprised,” said 35-year-old Gerrard. “I didn't expect there to be any changes in the staff positions. I think Brendan and the bosses have made those decisions and I'm looking in with a keen interest to see who he puts alongside him and how he tries to improve or strengthen his staff moving forward.

“A lot of names have been mentioned, but I can't give you any insight or names because I’m now on the outside and don't have that relationship with Brendan anymore where I might have got a bit of a nudge on it in the past.

"I think Brendan obviously felt he needed to make some changes and freshen certain things up in his staff. I am very interested to see who he puts in alongside him and also to hear Brendan speak in a press conference to see why he has decided to make those decisions.”

Gerrard cast doubt over how much impact a new backroom staff can have by claiming the most important changes at Liverpool over the summer will be made on the pitch.

Liverpool have already signed midfielder James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City and forward Danny Ings from Burnley. Raheem Sterling’s Reds future remains in doubt, however, and Gerrard has warned the 20-year-old not to move to a club where he will become “just another number”.

Manchester City, United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all been linked with Sterling, but Gerrard insists the most important thing for the forward is to make sure he plays regularly.

“I wish I knew what will happen with Raheem because I have been reading a lot about him myself,” said Gerrard. “I think the only two people that know are Raheem and his agent.

“I think for the player’s sake and for all of us fans out there he needs to make the decision quickly. I hope he stays, I think for his development as a player he has a fantastic manager to look after him and a great set of team-mates.

“I think it's important he plays week in week out, keeps trying to learn and strive to become a world-class player. I think the frustrating thing for me would be if he went to a club and became a squad player and just another number and he didn't have that chance to progress. That's the risk. What will be frustrating for me is if he does that.”

Other than continuing his playing career in the MLS in the United States, Gerrard will be a pundit on BT Sport’s Champions League and Europa League coverage, which will be shown free on BT TV next season.

Asked at the launch of BT Sport Europe when he might be giving his opinion on Liverpool in the Champions League, Gerrard said: “Hopefully very soon. I think Liverpool are frustrated at the moment with how last season went.

"Now I'm on the outside looking in, I hope they strengthen in a few areas and make the team competitive in the Premier League next year and we can break back into them top four positions. Everyone is hurting and are frustrated at how last season went.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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