Brighton midfielder Bridcutt highlights Rodgers influence

Brighton youngster Liam Bridcutt hopes to prove himself against FA Cup opponents Arsenal.

Brighton youngster Liam Bridcutt hopes to prove himself against FA Cup opponents Arsenal.

It was his former mentor in the Chelsea youth system, Brendan Rodgers, who turned Bridcutt in to a defensive midfielder, modelling his game on Claude Makelele who was helping the Stamford Bridge club win Premier League titles at the time.

Bridcutt told the Daily Mail: "When I got to scholarship level at Chelsea was when I had Brendan Rogers as the coach and he saw me as a holding midfielder. We used to have to watch DVDs of players. Every player had a set position and a set player that you would watch.

"I played against Jack Wilshere going up through the ranks. I was 19 or 20 playing in a reserve game. At the time he was tipped to be the next best thing at Arsenal. It turns out he was."

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