Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he “had a chat” with Jurgen Klopp at his house when the German was announced as his Liverpool replacement.
Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool manager in early October after leading the Reds to just three victories in their opening eight games.
Liverpool were 10th at the time of the Northern Irishman’s removal, and German Klopp was appointed as his replacement within a fortnight.
Speaking to beIN Sport, Rodgers has revealed that he discussed the role with Klopp, and offered his help – if ever it was needed.
“I remember when Klopp first got the job and we sat down and we spoke. We sat and had a chat at my house,” Rodgers said. “He’s a good guy. Whatever help he needed going into the job, I was there for that.
“We felt at that time that Christian was up there in terms of goals to games. We felt that he was someone that we didn’t have in the squad. The problem now is the patience element. There doesn’t seem to be time.
“We talk about patience. An example is Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich and he wouldn’t have got the patience in the Premier League that he did in the Bundesliga and now look at him.
“Christian over time will show he’s a top class player.”