Brendan Rodgers was 'pissing into the wind' when he asked Steven Gerrard to try and convince Toni Kroos to join Liverpool by sending him a few texts. Gerrard has made the revelation about Liverpool's transfer strategy in his autobiography which is being serialised by the Daily Mail and we'd suggest his former manager may not thank him for it.
The LA Galaxy midfielder was tasked with making contact with players such as Kroos and now Chelsea star Willian in the hope of convincing them to join Liverpool. According to Gerrard, the powers that be at Anfield would give him a list of a long-shot targets and ask him to send a couple of texts because they felt it 'would have more impact' coming from Gerrard.
Reading between the lines, that seems as if the end of that sentence should be 'would have more impact than Brendan Rodgers'. Gerrard himself appears rather embarrassed by the practice but he did his captain's duty and went about texting Kroos to try and sell the Liverpool dream to the World Cup winner.
The German was on his way to winning the World Cup with his country and Real were the champions of Europe. But God loves a trier, and so I gave it a whirl.
Some of the best footballers in the world can also be the most respectful. Kroos didn’t make me feel like I was a total idiot. But, of course, he would soon sign for Real Madrid.
Willian was also on Gerrard's text list but, given that there was no Champions League to offer, Gerrard was once again pissing into the wind. Unfortunately, the former Liverpool captain did not spill the beans on whether the practice has continued now that he has left the club.
It seems unlikely that Rodgers would task Jordan Henderson with trying to convince World Cup winners to join Liverpool but you never know, opposition fans can always hope.