Rodgers believes in giving his team the confidence to allow them to express themselves
Among the many revelations, some more bafflingly controversial than others, regarding the England manager’s role during the recent international break came one that raised eyebrows among Liverpool supporters.
After all, had Harry Redknapp been handed the national team job ahead of Roy Hodgson, the immediate future of the Anfield outfit could have been very different.
Brendan Rodgers confirmed this week he was approached in April 2012 by Redknapp to become his assistant in the event of the then-Tottenham Hotspur manager landing the big one.
Of course, it never happened. Instead, with Redknapp ultimately destined for Queens Park Rangers, Rodgers was charged less than two months later with dragging Liverpool back into the Champions League.
So far, so good for this season, with his side second only to Arsenal on goals scored in the embryonic Premier League table going into tomorrow afternoon’s clash at Newcastle United.
Rodgers, though, has always maintained an interest in the bigger picture. And while Hodgson may have guided England to the World Cup finals, debate continues to rage over the declining number of homegrown youngsters in the top flight.
And the Liverpool manager believes he knows where the problem lies.
“We need to stop blaming the players,” says Rodgers. “The players get the blame in this country. No. It is the coaching.
“I've thought for years and years that British players are technically as good as their European counterparts.
“We have the players. Look at someone like Chris Waddle being told they didn't work hard enough, then he goes to Marseille and he's world class.
“You look at the players over the last 10 years, the Gerrards, Scholes, the technicians we've produced. You cannot say we can't play football.
“But there is a balance between coaching and over-coaching. We have got a young kid here, Jordon Ibe. If you were to come away after watching him for the first time and you said he was Spanish or Brazilian, you would say ‘phew, what a player, what a mover!’.
“If you over-coach players, you lose the fluidity.”
The confidence to allow his team to express themselves that has been a cornerstone of every Rodgers side was also evident in England’s invigorating performance against Poland on Tuesday.
That, however, was a notable exception to the norm the Liverpool manager believes has been created by players being stifled by over-cautious coaching.
“Absolutely,” says Rodgers. “It's just fear. It is easier to get rid of the ball than to pass it.
“It is natural as there is a fear. If you don't win games, you smash the ball up the pitch so you don't lose your job.
“There always has to be tactical discipline but you’ve got to have confidence. It’s not about being so nervous about the other team. What about your own talents? You have to maximise them and your strengths.
“I wouldn't want to disrespect any coach that has taken the players. But I went into football initially to try and make a difference to the British player, who were told that they were not technically good enough.”
Rodgers is encouraged he is not alone in wanting to alter perceptions. “Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there are not great people,” he says.
“There are some terrific coaches.
“The problem is that the guys who are ‘that type’ of coach, you never hear of them really.
“Look at Sean O'Driscoll. He is one of the best coaches I have ever come across. He is working at Bristol City, he has never had a chance in the top flight.
“His teams were expressive, had movement, they were technical but he will probably never get a chance at a higher level.
“Lee Johnson at Oldham, he is trying to play. Give him a chance to develop a young group of players that can be expressive.”
Football Association chief executive Greg Dyke responded to the recent figures over declining homegrown Premier League talent by setting up a commission to improve the England team.
However, it has met with criticism from some quarters concerning the people invited, while Rodgers has other doubts.
“I was a bit worried when I heard Dario Gradi saying he was in a role but he didn't know what it was,” he says. “That worried me a wee bit that he was part of commission and he didn't know what he was supposed to be doing.
“Glenn Hoddle, those types of people have to be involved in it if the game has got to change. Otherwise you just keep churning out the same stuff and people keep saying ‘it’s workmanlike’.
“There’s obligation to work, it’s not a choice, everyone has to work. But if you can have the coaches who can carry the pressure of taking the blame if the players make mistakes with the ball we’ll do okay because we have got the players.”
The FA’s St George’s Park, the futuristic base of all England national teams, marked its first anniversary last week. But while impressed with the facilities, Rodgers reiterates people rather than buildings will make the difference.
“Does it (St George’s Park) eradicate the problem? I don't think it does,” he says. “You can have all the facilities in the world – and it is a brilliant facility – but without a philosophy, it doesn't matter.
“I’ve travelled Europe many times and we are way ahead. We have the best facilities, arguably, in the world.
“You can have the best pitches in the world, you can have the medical centres and the sports science.
“But look at what we had at Swansea. We trained on an astroturf pitch at Swansea because we had no facilities. I used to get showered with the public.
“Yet everyone was wondering and talking about how we played football. So it’s about philosophy, it’s about identity, it’s about football principles.
“Can St George’s Park work? Absolutely. With the right people.”