Against a background of dissent the Spaniard has kept his side in the top four and Rodgers can admire the work his opposite number has done in maintaining a steady ship.
"I am not so sure it has changed. After nine games they were top of the league, after 12 games Roberto di Matteo lost his job," he said.
"Tactically they are probably a bit more defensive, playing with lines tighter together, and on the counter-attack.
"But what they have is top players so nothing has changed, they will still be a force and they are in third place in the league.
"It was a difficult job to go into and to be fair he has been very professional in his approach when sometimes the world has seemed to be against him.
"He is focused on his job and football is his life."