The Liverpool manager has been quick to defend newly acquired Daniel Sturridge, who is with his third big club in less than four seasons.
Premier League previews: Rodgers quick to stand up for Sturridge
Rumours persist about Sturridge's suitability for the Premier League but his £12 million (Dh70.2m) move to Merseyside could not have got off to a better start with goals in his first two appearances.
"I remember being at Chelsea and I'd heard all these things about Nicolas Anelka being an awkward player and I found him one of the nicest guys I ever met in football," Rodgers said. "Sometimes when you are quiet and you focus on yourself you can be criticised for being awkward, but I don't think that is the case with Daniel at all."
NEWCASTLE UNITED v READING
Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, could play Steven Taylor after the defender returned to training following his recovering from a hamstring injury in November.
Fabricio Coloccini looks set to continue in the Newcastle defence despite continuing rumours linking him with a move back to Argentina.
SWANSEA CITY v STOKE CITY
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Charlie Adam, rested for Tuesday's FA Cup match, are set to return to the starting line-up for Stoke.
Tony Pulis, the manager, says he has a "big decision" to make over whether to bring the striker Kenwyne Jones - a goalscorer as a substitute in the cup tie, and a reported Swansea target - back into the first XI.
WEST HAM UNITED v QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Loic Remy on Friday denied he had snubbed Newcastle United in favour of joining QPR because of the financial package offered by the Premier League's bottom club.
"The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well," the Frenchman said.
West Ham should have the defender Joey O'Brien back from a hamstring injury for the first time since New Year's Day for Saturday's clash at Upton Park.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v SUNDERLAND
But Roberto Martinez, the manager, has issues in defence with Antolin Alcaraz (groin) training but not yet match-fit and Ivan Ramis (knee) ruled out for the season.
Martin O'Neill, the Sunderland manager, said on Friday Lee Catermole, the club captain, has had a setback in his bid to return from injury.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION v ASTON VILLA
Steve Clarke, the West Brom manager, will check on the fitness of Claudio Yacob, Shane Long and Marc-Antoine Fortune before finalising his side for Saturday night's derby with Aston Villa at the Hawthorns.
Ron Vlaar, the Villa captain, is in contention to return to the side after a seven-week absence. The Dutch international defender has been sidelined with a calf injury but returned as an unused substitute against Southampton last weekend.