Brendan Rodgers says he needed to take a break from football as managing Liverpool was so “draining”.
In 2014, the Northern Irishman was 2 points away from “the holy grail” of winning the Premier League but was sacked 17 months later in what was his 4th season at Anfield.
Before taking charge of Celtic in May 2016, he earlier rejected offers from England and China and he led the club to the treble in his first season in charge, going unbeaten in all domestic games.
Rodgers says, “When I came out of Liverpool, I needed a break. It was so intense. It was draining. We moved to London just to come away from it.
“I had offers from England and a couple from China where the money is very good, and that’s tempting for a boy from Northern Ireland. But I had come out of one of the biggest institutions in the world and I had to find that pressure again. I’ve got that now.
“With Liverpool, you can go away from home and draw and that’s okay. But Celtic, you have to win every game. It’s a different pressure.” Rodgers failed to win a trophy with Liverpool but says it remains a special period of his career.
“I came as close as anyone there to the holy grail of winning the league. That season, with the fans, it was special.”
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