I remember reading a year or two back that of all football 'fans' in the country about 15% supported LFC.
Now, if you work for a national TV station/radio (which obviously pays more than local radio/TV), are you going to last longer pleasing the 85% or the 15%.
Sad fact, but true.
In some cases, such as John Aldridge, you can please the locals when you're talking to local radio/LFC.TV AND then say something entirely different when you're talking to the 85%, such as your national Irish newspaper column.
Hansen's another interesting case. His BBC columns are usually much different to when he is in the Liverpool matchday magazine.
There are very few ex-players in the media who I listen to. I always make sure I know what they are saying and in what context. Phil Thompson is one who will stick up for the reds generally, even on a national broadcaster such as Sky. David Fairclough, similarly.
Aldo, Lawro, Barnes, Hansen, Neal, Beglin, Houghton, Whelan, Souness all play to their galleries. They should remember which club helped get them their jobs in the first place.