Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has launched a scathing attack on the Premier League after his side were handed the kind of tough start that will result in his inevitable firing from the Anfield giants.

The Reds face daunting trips to Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea – the latter two part of a punishing schedule of three away games in four October games – and face the very real prospect of being in the lower reaches of the table by Christmas.

The 42-year-old told reporters: ‘The home fixtures look okay. Bournemouth, Norwich, you can’t really complain about that. But those away fixtures? Shit me…

‘And starting at Stoke? Look what happened last year (Stoke inflicting a 6-1 defeat on Rodgers’ men). Being completely honest, I think you’ll be looking at Jürgen Klopp up here by November’.

Rodgers then went off to find a corner of the Melwood training ground to cry in.

In other news, CCTV footage has emerged of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal leaving the FA’s Wembley headquarters looking very pleased with himself in the early hours of June 17.