Northern Irishman endured a tough baptism at Reading earlier in his career.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has spoken about the keys to his recent coaching successes with both Swansea City and now the Reds, reports the Daily Mail.
The Northern Irishman started out his managerial career at Championship outfit Watford in November 2008, before then deciding to quit the Hornets and take over at Reading the following summer.
However, Rodgers’s time at the Madejski stadium was not a success, with the 40-year-old being in charge of just 23 matches while at the club, before leaving by mutual consent in December 2009 following just six win in 23 matches and with the Royals just one place above the drop zone.
And Rodgers now says that he learnt a lot from his brief time at Reading, lessons that he has subsequently been able to use in his later managerial roles at both Swansea City and now in his present job at Anfield.
“First, I became much more open in my communication,” said Rodgers in extracts from a new book called ‘The Manager’, which he has contributed to, published in the Daily Telegraph.
“I started speaking to players like men and not boys, and I expected them to speak to me like a man. I became straightforward with them – not waiting six months to tell them something that I know now.
“Secondly, I committed to provide more quality in my work. I would study, prepare, go into detail in my planning and preparation to ensure that the players were as prepared as possible.
“And thirdly I would be much more ambitious: for the club’s success, for the players’ success and for my own success – in that order.”
Rodgers has now been coaching the Merseyside giants for just over a year after being appointed to succeed previous Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.
And in his debut campaign at Anfield, the new man at the helm guided the club to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League after winning 25 of his 54 matches.