Rodgers and Lampard know each other well, the Leicester manager having formerly been a youth team coach at the Chelsea academy under Jose Mourinho. The family link continued when Rodgers asked Lampard's father, Frank Snr, to work with him at Reading.
"I had a lot of contact with Brendan," said Lampard. "As we're trying to do here now, the link between the academy and the first team needs to be strong. It's a big part of the club. He was over here a lot, in the first-team building [when he was academy coach].
"The thing that probably stood out for me was the detail of him as a coach. He wanted to speak, wanted to ask questions, wanted to learn and was big on details in his sessions in how he organised them and forward-thinking. He stood out for me, on those terms.
"After that, when he moved on and went to Reading and Watford, he took my dad as a consultant. He was two days a week working and they worked quite closely. I certainly appreciated that, getting my dad out of the house. From then on, I've had a good relationship with Brendan. I saw him on holiday a couple of years ago by chance and we always have a chat. I have top respect for him."