Having heard the claims of pundit Richard Keys, Rodgers responded: "As always, there are always stories. Steven was brilliant for me during my time there. Especially in the first couple of years.
"He was towards the latter stage of his career and he was first class.
"So despite what you said at the time, unfortunately it wasn't quite true.
"But listen, it's something you become used to in this game, there are so many stories and gossip, but it was interesting when I read that."