Substitute Ademola Lookman scored the winner on the hour mark as Leicester got back to winning ways in the Premier League.
But after dissecting the game while speaking to Gabby Logan and the studio, Rodgers finished his interview by praising Hayes, who was part of the punditry team for the fixture.
"All of the things you are doing is really helping women's football progress"— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 28, 2021
"As a fellow coach, I've watched from the outside... you've done amazing"
Brendan Rodgers' tribute to @emmahayes1 🙏 #PLonPrime pic.twitter.com/d8f1th9MuE
"And just quickly... I'll make it quick. I've obviously never Emma before but I've worked at Chelsea and know what a great club it is.
"She's done an amazing job for women's football. All of the things you are doing is really helping women's football progress.
"As a fellow coach, I've watched from the outside... you've done amazing so well done."
Hayes, a four-time Women's Super League winner, was delighted to hear such kind words from a fellow coach.
"That means a lot. Thank you. I've been coughing for the last three minutes so at least I can stop that for you!
"Appreciate your words and wish you the best of luck."
Touch of class by Brendan Rodgers in his interview complimenting Emma Hayes 👏👏👏— Paul Dickov (@OfficialPDickov) December 28, 2021
Ah the way Brendan Rodgers was praising Emma Hayes. Things you love to see 😍— Nicole Holliday (@NicoleHolliday) December 28, 2021
Brendan Rodgers taking time out to praise Emma Hayes for all she’s done for women’s football in a post match interview is just 👌— Carrie Brown 💙 (@CarrieBrownTV) December 28, 2021
Ahh Brendan. Wonderful human being.— Dan McCarthy (@MaccaSport) December 28, 2021
Emma Hayes knows the game, she’s brilliant. Great to see 💙 https://t.co/MVWZEeIn4C
Hayes has won back-to-back league titles with Chelsea and also became the first woman manager to reach the Champions League final last season.
The 45-year-old has received plaudits for her coaching and attractive style of play, with many tipping her to make history in transitioning into the men's game.
She was also subject to widespread appreciation over the course of Euro 2020 in the summer due to her in-depth analysis when on punditry or co-commentary duty for tournament games.
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