Brendan Rodgers names three Liverpool players as the best young players he has coached

Rodgers has returned to Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers has returned to Celtic. After a tumultuous exit in his first spell the former Liverpool coach will be looking to heal some wounds in with some of the Celtic faithful as soon as possible.

Rodgers went agonisingly close to winning the league title with Liverpool but it wasn’t to be.

He was asked about the best young players he has managed and he named three former Reds.

Rodgers was named LMA Manager of the Year in 2014 while at the helm at Anfield.

Speaking to Soccer Am’s Tubes, via The Liverpool Echo he said:

“The standouts are the likes of Raheem (Sterling) at 17, (I) put him in the team at Liverpool (and) he was an exceptional player,” the new Celtic boss said. “You could see his physicality, he was fast, dynamic, strong and he had a hunger and desire to be a player. As soon as I put him in the team, he was never out of the team, he played in multiple positions for me. A great young guy who was hungry and genuinely wanted to be world class. He was fantastic.

“Joe Allen at Swansea was excellent, he was very, very good and Philippe Coutinho was a standout at 19. A small-ish, young player in stature but massive on the pitch with his quality.”

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