Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was sad to see Liverpool lose out to Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title last season.
The Reds performed beyond expectations and looked on course to win their first league title since the 1989/90 season until a 2-0 home loss to Chelsea late in the campaign allowed City to capitalise.
Their failure to get the job done was treated with regret among a number of high profile figures in the footballing community including Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The former Chelsea boss revealed in an exclusive interview with the Sun how he has followed Brendan Rodgers’ career with interest and felt Liverpool unjustly missed out on the title last season.
"I know Brendan," Ancelotti said, quoted by the Spanish publication AS. "When I arrived at Chelsea he was at Reading and he's a very good friend of [Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea] Paul Clement.”
"Last year I followed him with great attention at Liverpool, because I liked how they played a lot and the atmosphere.”
"I have had so much luck in my career and I was so sorry they didn't win the championship last year because they deserved to for how they played and the enthusiasm they showed to win."
“But football is like that. That error Gerrard committed against Chelsea was the defining moment. Rodgers has done a good job at Liverpool and he continues to do a good job now.”
Los Blancos travel to Anfield on Wednesday looking to avenge that memorable 4-0 Champions League knockout stage thrashing in 2009.
Ancelotti’s side go onto the game off the back of a 5-0 win at Levante and will look to Cristiano Ronaldo to continue his unbelievable goalscoring form of 15 strikes in his previous seven La Liga matches.