Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield on Saturday for the first since he was dismissed as Liverpool boss in 2015.
The Leicester manager, who spent just over three years with the Merseyside club from 2012 and 2015, is looking to do what no manager has done this season and claim at least a point against the European champions.
The 46-year-old came as close as any Reds manager in the 24 years before him to winning the club’s first ever Premier League title, having eventually been pipped to the crown by Manchester City in the 2013/14 campaign.
And writing in his 2015 autobiography, Luis Suarez shed some light on his time playing under Rodgers, including his infamous ‘envelopes’ tactic.
In 2012, the Northern Irishman showed his Liverpool players three envelopes and claimed inside were the names of those who would let the team down that season. It was a tactic designed to motivate them to play well for the year ahead.
Suarez explained he and his team-mates found it quite funny.
“There was a group of us sitting there, and Glen Johnson came over and said: ‘I know who’s in the envelopes. I know what’s written on all three pieces of paper.’ Who? What?”
Johnson teased Jose Enrique that it was him, though Suarez said they never did find out who the so-called Judas was.
“It was unusual and I must admit that for a moment I did think: “How can you think before the season has even started that there are three people who are going to let you down?”
Regardless, Suarez had a lot of respect for the Leicester manager, who spoke to him in Spanish in their first meeting to explain how his Liverpool side were going to play.
A new style meant Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam were moved on, with midfielder Joe Allen following Rodgers from Swansea.
“Brendan described Joe as the ‘Welsh Xavi’; it didn’t quite work that way, and that’s some tag to have, but Joe was especially brilliant the first 10 games or so and I thought he was an excellent signing.
“Brendan knew him really well from their time at Swansea and Joe’s first few games were fantastic. He was very good with the ball, he fitted the philosophy perfectly and defensively he was exceptional; above all, he understood the movements Brendan wanted straight away, while Stevie [Gerrard] and Jordan Henderson began a process of adapting to his style.”
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Suarez, who later linked up with the real Xavi when he joined Barcelona in 2014, liked the ideas Rodgers was trying to put across, though he only lasted another year before being replaced by Jurgen Klopp.
“[Rodgers] was interested in Spain, he had studied there, and what he’d learned there was at the heart of our style of play: passing, pressuring high, quick movement, arriving into the area rather than standing there waiting for it, coming inside from wide positions.
“The way he coached us during my time there was impressive and I am sure that the methods I enjoyed and found so effective will continue to be employed. Everything Brendan does is built towards perfecting the mechanics of football and making adjustments for the next game or to fulfil a particular objective.”