​Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool fans are lucky to have under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers, claiming that he could have managed Real Madrid.

Sherwood defended Rodgers after a run of poor results preceding Liverpool's 3-2 win over Villa, saying that the Northern Irishman would have left for the Bernabeu if the Reds won the Premier League two years ago, where they eventually lost out to Manchester City. 

Rodgers, who took Liverpool to second in the league in 2014, has vowed to fight for his future at the club and Sherwood is adamant he remains a top manager.

"After that season, they finished second. If they'd won the league, could they have kept hold of Brendan Rodgers?" he said. "They would have tried everything - and they did. He signed a new contract after that.

"All of a sudden, he doesn't turn into a bad manager, it's fine margins. We might have seen him at Real Madrid.

"Why wouldn't we have seen him there? He'd have won the English Premier League with a team who hasn't won it for God knows how many years.

"He would have been the hottest property in football. A week is a long time in this game, let alone a year. Because they got so close, it intensifies the pressure. He's paying the price for overachieving a couple of seasons ago.

"It's harder to be a manager now than 20 years ago with social media and faceless people having their opinions. There's more pundits than players."

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