With defending dead balls City's Achilles' heel last season, Knudsen has been appointed as the club's set-piece expert, the Dane taking a spot on the bench for the first time in their last fixtures at Tottenham. He watched as the players twice conceded from corners in the first half.
“We can't deny we were disappointed with the two set-pieces," Rodgers said at his press conference on Friday. “Like James (Maddison) said, we do hours of work, study and analysis on that, but it's being able to take that into games.
“It's all of the static situations, whether it's a throw-in or a corner, for or against. He's settled in really well. James mentioned how they have bought into Lars' work. He's very thorough and very detailed.
“It's always disappointing when it's his first game on the bench and the team concede two corners. Up to that point, we've defended set-pieces well. We conceded away at Arsenal, but in the main, we have been strong as set-pieces. Those two were disappointing.
“He himself has settled in well to our coaching team. He's got great knowledge, good experience, and over time here the club will feel the benefit."