Jose Mourinho, who brought Brendan Rodgers into the Chelsea youth setup in 2004, has expressed his pleasure in seeing Rodgers handed the job at Liverpool.
"I am very happy with his appointment, especially because he did it as a consequence of all his amazing work at Swansea.
"Brendan is a good man, a family guy and a friend.
"When he joined us at Chelsea he was a young coach with lots of desire to learn.
"But he was also a coach with ideas, who was ready not just to listen but also to communicate and share."
Rodgers spent four years at Chelsea before finally taking charge of a senior team, when he moved to Watford in 2008.