What do you know about the life of Brendan Rodgers and Michael Owen?

By the time the Liverpool manager arrived at Anfield on Wednesday, the Anfield crowd had been chanting his name for hours.

But it was an unlikely moment for the 32-year-old: he was not the man to deliver the title-winning season Liverpool needed, but he was the man who had secured it.

Rodgers’s Anfield reign is now inextricably linked with the life and death of the late, great Michael Owen, who died of lung cancer in August 2011 aged just 38.

The Liverpool manager’s relationship with the England captain, the two having played together on at least one occasion, has become the most public of all.

And it is not a relationship that Rodgers has been shy about discussing.

‘He is the greatest of all time’ Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was a long-time friend of Michael Owen and the pair shared an illustrious playing career.

But while the two shared a passionate love for football, they were far more alike than either had ever imagined.

‘It was like we were the same person,’ Rodgers said.

‘I just think of him as the greatest footballer of all-time.’

‘It is a great honour’ While he has said little publicly about his friendship with Owen, Rodgers also revealed in 2014 that he had spoken to Owen about his death.

‘Michael was a great friend of mine,’ Rodgers added.

‘We played together in the England team and I have spoken to him on several occasions.

He has been a wonderful person to be around.

‘And I know that his passing was a very difficult time for his family.

He was a fantastic man and I know the team will miss him immensely.’

But the relationship was never more important than it was on this day.

Rodgers had already made his feelings known to Owen, as they had before he joined Liverpool from Hull City in 2013.

‘Brendan Rodgers has just given me a great interview, which will go some way to explaining why I chose him as my manager,’ Owen said.’

I think Brendan is a very intelligent, brilliant, hard-working manager and has been for a long time.

‘There is no question that he is the best man for the job and I think it is a huge honour for him to come to Liverpool and bring this trophy home.’

And the way he has done it, he has had a very positive approach and a great deal of support from the club.

‘But he is a man who wants to win and to have a good relationship with everyone on the football side, and that is why I feel very strongly that he has the best of all possible worlds.’

He has been through everything and I am just very lucky to have been here.

He is a legend, a great football manager and he will always be a Liverpool legend.’

It is not the first time Rodgers has spoken publicly about Owen’s legacy.

In November 2015, he revealed to the club’s fans that Owen had been one of the ‘most difficult’ players he had faced.

‘If you are talking about a player of Michael’s calibre, you would say that he was a bit of a nutter,’ Rodgers told Liverpool FC Supporters’ Trust.

‘You would say the same thing about the great Steven Gerrard.

They are two of the greatest players to have played the game, and he had some really tough years in his career.

‘So I think if you look at the career of a player, you could say he had a tough start.

‘The way he played at times, he was very good at keeping the ball and he was able to control it a bit more.

But he was never a guy that was going to take a big chunk of the game away from anyone.

‘Even when you play him, you have to respect his talent and the way his career ended.

‘When I came here, I was just trying to get back to the way I had played in the last few years and that has always been what I have tried to do with this team.’

In a rare interview, Owen spoke of the Liverpool players and staff who were ‘a bit sad’ following Owen’s death.

But, he added, ‘The fact is that it is very easy to be sad.’

‘I think the fact is Brendan is the kind of person that is there to do whatever is needed and he has been doing that for a while.

‘At the end of the day, it is about the team.

He wants them to win trophies, and they do it all the time.

So it is easy to talk about it.

‘What really matters is the people who are with you.’

Liverpool FC boss Brendan Stewart was asked if he would have played for Owen had Rodgers not been able to secure the England job.

‘No, no,’ Stewart replied.

‘Yes, I would have.

I have been talking to Brendan about it since he was in his early 20s.

I just wanted to know what he thought.

‘Of course, he would’ve wanted to come here