Brendan Rodgers has explained why he let Jurgen Klopp move into his house after being sacked as Liverpool manager and replaced by the German.
Rodgers spent three years at Anfield, before being relieved of his duties in October 2015 after a dreary draw in the Merseyside derby.
After a trophy-laden spell north of the border with Celtic, Rodgers finally returned to English football to take charge of Leicester City and has revitalised the Foxes as they seek a return to European football.
But it seemed unlikely at one stage that the former Chelsea coach would ever return to the Premier League, as the footballing world began to perceive the 46-year-old as an almost satirical character.
After coming so close to winning the title in 2014, the Reds began to slide back to a level of mediocrity which had become all too familiar with fans since the Champions League success of 2005.
Rodgers often bore the brunt of the jokes, with dedicated social media accounts even beginning to mock the manager.
But despite the somewhat acrimonious nature of his departure, Rodgers told ex-Red Jamie Carragher that he feels no bitterness or regret at the way he left the club.
In fact, he revealed to The Telegraph he even let his replacement live in his house.
“When I received a phone call from Mike [Gordon, Fenway Sports Group president] on the way home from the Everton game, I understood where it was at,” he said. “From their perspective, maybe I could have gone in the summer but they wanted to give me the chance.
“It was a tough start to that season and they felt it needed a change. Look, it worked out brilliantly for them. When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen.
“I am the type of person who is happy for the club and especially happy for players like Jordan [Henderson] and James Milner – players I worked with and had a strong relationship with. I was so happy for Jordan when he lifted the Champions League trophy because I know how much he has developed and worked for it.
“I was never going to be bitter. That’s why I let Jurgen move into my house! I had a good relationship with Ray Haughan – the player liaison officer – and he told me Jurgen was struggling to find somewhere to live so I said, ‘Listen, I am moving to London for a bit and will not be there now, so Jurgen could move in’.
“I understand what it is like as a manager moving to a new place, wanting your family to be settled and happy. You want them in a good place. He took the house and has been there ever since.
“I wanted him to succeed and the club to succeed.
“He has great stature, a great presence, but he is very much with the players. You could see that at Dortmund. He brings that emotion into the team and they respond.
“That kind of connection with your players is a big factor in modern management. Society has changed.
“Players are treated differently to how when you were growing up as a player. It is a key. You can be a great coach but if you do not have the connection with the players… you need to find that emotional hook so that players will go that extra mile for you and sustain it.”