Philippe Coutinho has given an insight into an approach Brendan Rodgers took to motivate his Liverpool players last season.
In a great interview with CNN‘s Melissa Reddy, the Brazilian playmaker speaks about the Anfield boss reading a letter written by a player’s mother before each game in a bid to motivate them.
Coutinho was the lucky one as he sat in the dressing room before Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Manchester City on April 13 last year.
And it gives a fascinating look at Rodgers and the way he worked with his players as they battled to a second-place finish in the Premier League last term.
I was so anxious for it to be my turn, for the manager to read the letter from my Mum.
I waited and waited for it. The manager had spoken to the mothers of every player in the team, he’d been reading a message before every game for months and finally my turn had come.
Given the criticism Rodgers has faced this campaign for the team’s poor performance as well as the way he was slammed for the treatment of Daniel Agger as he left the club last summer and the disappointing Mario Balotelli, it’s great to see his unconventional approach to motivating his squad.