The Liverpool boss has admitted José Mourinho is a friend of his and he learnt a lot from the Chelsea manager.
Brendan Rodgers was a member of Mourinho’s coaching staff during the Portuguese first reign at Chelsea before the Northern Irishman left to manage at Watford back in 2008.
The 41-year-old was the Swansea City manager and got the Swans promoted into the Premier League before taking over at Anfield in 2012 after Kenny Dalglish was sacked.
However, Rodgers says Mourinho is a friend and is thankful for the experience he had under him at Chelsea.
“I think when you are a manager you will speak to other managers but of course you always look to find different ways to find solutions,” the Liverpool manager told AS English.
“He’s a friend of mine and its slightly different now because we are both so engrossed in our roles and our jobs that we don’t get the chance to speak so much now.”
Rodgers also added: “It was a wonderful experience, I learned. José was a great planner and a good man to me as a young coach.
“He gave me responsibility, and the pressure of working with the big players when I was just 30 years of age, and I will always be grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to coach the reserve team and be near him, and the first team.”
Rodgers finished second in the Premier League table last season after coming 7th in his first spell as Liverpool manager.