Posted on: Sat 20 Apr 2013

There are a fair few people at Chelsea who know Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers well from his time as our youth, then our reserve team manager between 2004 and 2008.

Ryan Bertrand is as familiar with his work as anyone here, having been coached by Rodgers when he first joined the club as a 15-year-old and then playing first-team football under him when on loan at Reading three seasons ago. The Ulsterman later made a move to take the young left-back to Swansea but that did not go through.

Rodgers's teams are recognised for a consistent style of play and ahead of our game at Anfield tomorrow, Bertrand talks about what he requires from those he puts on the pitch.

'Brendan allows a lot of expression by his players but in amongst that the team will have a lot of structure, and everyone knows their role and what is asked of them,' says the 23-year-old.

'He likes to play football and he likes to be quite attacking so I am sure Liverpool will be quite an open team in the terms of getting the ball down, getting it wide and attacking through the full-backs as well.

'He utilises the full-backs in the way many modern managers do, and the team is very well structured.

'Brendan was my first manager when I came in here and he managed to teach me some very valuable things and I take that with me,' he adds.

Bertrand has started four of the last five games at left-back with Ashley Cole out injured and if that continues in the game tomorrow then he could find himself directly up against a familiar face in Daniel Sturridge, who played on the right of their attack in the last match. It will be Sturridge's first game against Chelsea since moving to Merseyside in January.

'Everyone knows what Studge is capable of, he is strong and quick, he showed that when he was here, and he has managed to score a few goals for Liverpool,' says Bertrand.

'He was quality around the place when he was at Chelsea. I had a good relationship with him and was sad to see him go.

'I am sure he will have fond memories of Chelsea but I am sure he will want to get on the scoresheet on Sunday, so we will have to do our best to stop that.'