Brendan Rodgers was lucky enough to work with Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard during his final few years at Anfield, but now finds himself at Celtic following his sacking in 2015.
It is a significant contrast in fortunes for the 43-year-old Norther Irishman who has gone from travelling to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, to away days at Partick Thistle, Ross County and Motherwell.
But despite having the likes of Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho in the middle of the park at Liverpool, Rodgers believes there is one Celtic man who would have made the grade at Anfield.
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There's no hiding the contrast in quality between the Premier League and SPL, but the former Reds boss has so sense of doubt about the ability of long-serving Celtic midfielder and captain Scott Brown making his team that went agonisingly close to winning the title in 2014.
Despite a humiliating 7-0 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League last month, Brown was still praised by Rodgers post match, despite none of the Celtic players basking in glory at the Camp Nou that evening.
And there's a clear sign of fondness between the Celtic manager and captain, with Rodgers' latest claim suggesting that Brown, who recently became a dad for the third time, has the quality to cut it amongst the best.
“The biggest compliment I can give him is that, having worked in what is supposedly is the best league in the world, Scott Brown, if I look at my Liverpool team that nearly won the title, he would definitely have been in it." said Rodgers, as per The Sun.
“There’s no doubt about that, so that’s the level that the guy is at as a player and as a captain, you want him in your team and on your side.
“It’s the biggest accolade I can give Scott."
However, despite Rodgers being a big Celtic fan himself, he never attempted to sign the 31-year-old midfielder during his three years at Anfield.
Brown has featured in Scotland for he entire career and his age seems to suggest it will remain that way. But Rodgers' surprise claims will no doubt have a few Reds fans baffled - certainly considering the fine start to the campaign that Henderson has enjoyed in midfield, alongside Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can and co.
Things have most certainly advanced somewhat since the Irishman left Anfield and he would likely be quick to reassess his statement if he spent time working with Liverpool's current crop of players, who have made an impressive start to the new season under Jurgen Klopp.
It would be hard, if not impossible, to imagine Klopp being of the same opinion as Rodgers.
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