Chelsea manager can claim some credit for Liverpool's success

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho told him to take the Anfield managerial hot-seat.

Ahead of this Sunday’s top of the table clash between Liverpool and Chelsea, Rodgers spoke of his relationship with Mourinho, and acknowledged the advice the Special One has given during the time they worked together at Chelsea, and since - as they have become managerial rivals.

Northern Irishman Rodgers was a youth team coach at Chelsea during Mourinho’s first stint at the club, and nine years later the duo are battling it out in the race for the Premier League title.

Chelsea currently trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by five points, and they know that the title for this season has all but gone - regardless of Sunday’s result.

Liverpool’s rise under Rodgers has been dramatic and a surprise to many - the team's rapid progress has taken back even many of Liverpool's own fans, who have been amazed this season as their team has simply blown many opponents away.

The Merseysiders have come so far in such a short space of time, and Rodgers has revealed the moment it all began was when Mourinho first encouraged him to take the Liverpool job.

Rodgers is quoted in the The Mirror: 'He (Mourinho) told me to take the job, and what a great club Liverpool was. I had spoken to him about it. He encouraged me about the sheer scale of the club.

'I was talking to him about a choice I maybe had, but he knows the size of this club'.

Seven points from the next three games will be enough to see Liverpool clinch their first ever Premier League title.

And although the Chelsea manager surely won't begrudge his friend a Premier League winner’s medal, he will perhaps feel frustrated that it is a former Chelsea player, Daniel Sturridge, who has played such a big part in Liverpool's successful season.

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