Brendan Rodgers has been at some top clubs over the course of his career and has a result, he has gotten the opportunity to work with many world-class players. Of course, the Northern Irishman has won most of his silverware while at Celtic but that does not mean that he has not had success elsewhere.
Rodgers almost guided Liverpool to the Premier League title almost a decade back. Ultimately, they fell short but it was the closest the Reds had come in decades.
The main reason behind that was the form of Luis Suarez. On that kind of form, the Uruguayan was one of the very best players in the world without a shadow of a doubt. Of course, they had others like Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge as well.
Rodgers’ time at Leicester City is somewhat underrated. He won the FA Cup with them and almost finishing top four on a couple of occasions. The likes of James Maddison and Jamie Vardy played a key part in those successes.
Rodgers compares Celtic duo with Liverpool icons
The combination of Kyogo and Matt O’Riley at Celtic seems to have impressed the Northern Irish manager a lot. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Rodgers said:
"“At Leicester I had James and Jamie, who were similar.“At Liverpool Coutinho with Daniel Sturridge or Suarez was similar. If you watch James Maddison play, he always needs a connection with a player in front of him, he needs to see runners.“You watch him now at Tottenham when he takes the ball, he’s got Son who he will feed and find.“For me at Leicester it was Jamie Vardy.“He was great, he would just take a touch, Jamie was away and he would make the pass for him.“I think good players find each other and they have those solutions.“You could see with those two right early on, those little link passes that they play allows you to progress the game.”"
Of course, Kyogo has continued to score goals for Celtic. But at the same time, his rate of scoring has dropped a bit. Let’s hope we can see him performing at his very peak soon.
On the other hand, O’Riley has shown immense improvement since the arrival of Rodgers as manager. He was a pretty good player under the management of Ange Postecoglou as well but seems to have taken his game up several levels over the last few months. Let’s hope that the 22-year-old continues on this trajectory. On current form, he might already be the best in the Premiership though.