As manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers was inches away from winning the Premier League title in 2014.
His side were arguably the most entertaining of that season, scoring over 100 goals as Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge in particular cut through defences like a hot knife through butter, but in the end they finished two points behind champions Manchester City.
As well as the aforementioned forward duo, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and captain Steven Gerrard all earned rave reviews for their performances throughout the campaign.
However, Rodgers believes that they could have done with the services of one of his current Celtic players – namely captain Scott Brown.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s huge Scoittish Premiership clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie, Rodgers was full of praise for the 31-year-old, insisting that he could have walked into that Liverpool team:
“Scott’s just really devoted himself to how I’ve wanted the team to operate on the field and off it.
“He’s someone I’ve been so impressed with since I first met him in my house earlier on in the season,
You guys will have seen him more consistently than me. But if he was playing at a better level than he’s at just now, both physically and tactically, then I would be surprised.
“The biggest compliment I can give him is that, having worked in what is supposedly is the best league in the world, Scott Brown, if I look at my Liverpool team that nearly won the title, he would definitely have been in it.
“There’s no doubt about that, so that’s the level that the guy is at as a player and as a captain, you want him in your team and on your side.
“It’s the biggest accolade I can give Scott.
“But, thankfully, he’s chosen to play nearly 10 years at Celtic, and still looks as strong and fit.”
Quite where Brown would have fit in ahead of either Henderson, Gerrard or Coutinho is somewhat unclear (and Rodgers didn’t clear that up by answering), nonethess it is a huge show of faith and confidence from the manager to the midfielder.
Celtic are currently enjoying a fantastic run of form domestically, winning eight games out of nine and opening up a seven point gap ahead of second-placed Aberdeen (with Rangers two points further behind in fifth).