Chelsea captain Terry credits Rodgers with reviving his career
Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed how Brendan Rodgers - now Liverpool manager but a former coach at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho - breathed new life into his career, the Daily Mirror has reported.
The Reds host Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday and Terry, who has fallen out of favour under interim boss Rafael Benitez, has spoken of a time when Rodgers put together a compilation DVD of Terry’s best moments and showed it to him.
Terry was out of Mourinho’s side at that point and had struggled with injuries but the footage - of Terry scoring goals and making tackles - revitalised his spirits, while the conversation the pair had also focused Terry’s mind.
He said: “When Jose was here, a couple of times I was left out of the side or injured and he'd pull me to one side. He did a nice little video of me scoring goals, making tackles and had a 15-20 minute chat with me.
“At the time, it was something nobody had ever done and it just goes to show his man-management, why he's doing so well and how well he'll do in the future. It's little things like that which, as a player, really give you a boost when you're down. He was a real gentleman.”
Terry added that from working closely with Rodgers, it was clear even then he would go on to become a manager in the future - but that when they meet on Sunday, it is vital Chelsea come away with a victory.
“They always seem to up their game when we go there. Like us, they have had a mixed season themselves, but I know Brendan very well, he is a great manager and was brilliant for me and the other players. I can only speak highly of him,” Terry said.
“I am looking forward to seeing him again, because there were many ways he helped me, but three points is a must for us.”
Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table, 11 points clear of Liverpool, with Liverpool having played a game more. Rodgers’ side need the win to close the gap on local rivals Everton, which, before the weekend’s fixtures, stands at six points.
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