Rodgers hopes his players can take on board some of that same determination and spirit as they prepare to return to action at Sunderland this weekend.
Rodgers said: "Desire, will, perseverance, persistence - they were words that were flashing back to me as I was driving home that night.
"I knew the task I had when I took the job here but last night has given me greater pride, responsibility and drive.
"I've got a determination to bring some sort of happiness to the people who have suffered for so long.
"As the leader of a club like this, your duty isn't just to your players, it's to provide hope for supporters."