Published Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers and Raheem Sterling at the Milk Cup draw. (© Pacemaker)
Carnlough man Rodgers was full of praise for the event, in which he first featured as a 13-year-old player for Ballymena & District.
He's come a long way though, now in charge of the Premier League side.
"It's been a privilege - you always hope that you can manage one of the biggest clubs in the world and I'm very fortunate that, at 40 years of age, I can get the chance to do that," Rodgers said.
Rodgers took up the reins at Anfield after guiding Swansea City to the Premiership and keeping them there, but has since experienced something of a rollercoaster ride in his debut season with Liverpool.
The supporters are world-class and they back you all the way.
Brendan Rodgers, LFC
The latest challenge has, of course, involved dealing with the fall-out the latest in a series of incidents involving Luis Suarez.
The striker has been banned from playing for 10 games after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
"It's not something that should be seen on a football field," Rodgers said of the incident.
"He's got his punishment - he accepted it, we accepted it and we move on. Luis has to take his medicine."
But Rodgers is very much looking to the future, as he keeps working on the process of rebuilding and strengthening his Liverpool side - especially with young talent emerging like Raheem Sterling and Northern Ireland's Ryan McLaughlin.
"It's a massive job to return it to the days in which it was one of the superpowers in the game, but that's the challenge - to get back there," Rodgers said.
"It's going to be a long, hard journey, but everyone's working tirelessly in order to do that."
Any difficulties aside, Liverpool have actually amassed more points than last season, with three games still left to play.
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