Rodgers was quick to praise Jonjo Shelvey following his performance at Upton Park.
"(He was) outstanding. But you see there are two different ways in which you can play the number nine role," he said.
"In this country it is always a very traditional target man, a clear number nine. Give credit to Carlton Cole today, I know him form my time at Chelsea, he is a real handful and was outstanding today.
"But you see young Jonjo Shelvey at 20 years of age playing the number nine role in a different way - dropping into midfield and combining with the midfield players to make the fourth man, being a threat when he is in around the box, showing great feet and I thought he was outstanding today the kid.
"It was great credit to him because there was a lot of pressure on him because people have been trying to compare him to Luis Suarez but he has been terrific in my time here, he is only 20 and has a big future ahead of him."