Rodgers insists any youth system is only as successful as the first team manager allows it to be.
He said: "You can have the best academy in the world, but if you don't have a manager who give young players opportunities they've got no hope and no chance. We've got potential.
"I think what you've got is a manager who will give them a chance. I think every club takes youth development seriously.
"The academy here is good, with wonderful facilities, but what they've had this year is an opportunity."