Rodgers said: “I’m not really in favour of being fast-tracked. I think you need to do your badges and put your time in, to learn and develop, but when you do take the plunge, your name won’t save you for long if you’re no good at it.
“My dear old friend Tommy Burns, the Celtic legend, once told me that when the curtains go back and the spotlight is shining on you, nothing can prepare you for that.
“One of the biggest influences behind me coming to Watford was their history of giving young people a chance and turning them into big players or managers. Not all clubs are brave enough to do that, but Watford gave guys like Aidy Boothroyd a chance and reaped the rewards.”
In the eyes of this observer, Rodgers’ Liverpool team of 2014 was the most exciting never to win the title, perhaps even better than Bobby Robson’s Ipswich side pipped by Aston Villa in 1981 and Jurgen Klopp’s class of 2019 at Anfield.