Rodgers was part of the youth team coaching when Mourinho was first at Stamford Bridge and the Liverpool boss claims he used to study the techniques and tactics used by the ‘Special One’.
Rodgers is now battling Mourinho for the top spots in the Premier League and as the pair meet in West London this afternoon, the Northern Irishman has declared his admiration for Blues boss and knows he would not be the manager he is today if he didn’t begin his career under Mourinho.
“I was able to observe one of the world’s best operators going about his business,” Rodgers said.
“José gave me the self-esteem and confidence I needed to make my own way in management.”
“I probably wouldn’t be where I am now but for him. I regard him as a friend now, but he is actually a great organiser, the best controller of day-to-day detail I have ever met.”