The English midfielder was named man-of-the-match after grabbing a goal and assist against the Magpies.
"He was excellent," Rodgers said of his midfielder after the game.
"You see his quality, his composure and how unselfish he was. The pass to Youri [Tielemans] is a great pass. His ability to take the ball too.
"You also have to align that with hard work and he worked hard for the team. But I'm so pleased for the collective.
"Our identity is always clear. We want to attack the game and play football. If we can get over this moment and get players back it will give us a depth and hopefully that allows us to find some consistency."
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