Sviatchenko: Celtic boss just like he was on that documentary

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has revealed that new manager Brendan Rodgers is very similar to the portrayal given in the ‘Being: Liverpool’ documentary aired a few years ago.

An American TV channel was given unprecedented access to Rodgers’ first season as Liverpool manager.

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It featured the famous ‘three envelopes’ speech, where Rodgers said he had written down the three players he thought would let down the team in the coming season, and put their names in sealed envelopes. Sviatchenko believes though that Rodgers has been excellent so far, telling the Daily Record:

“The Being Liverpool series of movies about the club, he featured in that a lot. I watched that many years ago. So it was nice to see him here. He is portrayed quite accurately in that series, actually. He’s like that in real life, yes. He’s really, really nice. I don’t know if the rest of the players have been watching it since he signed for the club – but it was a pretty popular series, so I’m sure a lot of them will have seen it. He hasn’t mentioned it to us himself.”

Sviatchenko also revealed that Rodgers has given each player a handbook with details about the Northern Irishman’s tactics, coaching methods and the expectations he has for every player.

The squad are currently in Slovenia for pre-season training preparing for friendly matches against NK Celje, Sturm Graz, Olimpija Ljubljana and Maribor, before they go into their first competitive matches of the season in the Champions League second qualifying round.