Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Celtic and Barcelona at Celtic Park in Glasgow on November 23, 2016.
Barcelona sealed their place in the Champions League last 16, and top spot in the group, with a comfortable win over Celtic.
Celtic responded positively, with Moussa Dembele's powerful shot forcing Marc-Andre ter Stegen into action.
The Spanish side doubled their lead shortly after, and Rodgers believes that the two clubs would not be far apart if Messi - perhaps the greatest footballer ever to have lived - was on the opposite side.
"We have worked very hard in the first part of the season to get to a cup final, to play some very difficult games in Europe and we want to win this one".
"If you look at the first game compared to now, we weren't fearful tonight".
"We have a lot of young players and we have picked up a lot of experience against the best teams in the world". "It wasn't the best conditions to assess whether he is ready to play, but Leo is always ready to play".
"I thought the way we pressed the game was very good and we won the ball back in high areas of the field and when we couldn't we got defensively very solid". "I don't know - I have no idea, ' he said".
Celtic players clap hands at the end of the 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona. So, no, I didn't think it was a penalty and it was a key moment in the game. "I think what Luis is brilliant at around the box is provoking defenders".
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, whose side have made their worst start to a La Liga season since 2004, was pleased to top a tough group above Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach. He spoke in the aftermath of Celtic's 2-0 loss to Barcelona at Parkhead on Tuesday, after failing to make a mark and fluffing the only good chance that came his way on the night.
Rodgers felt Mikael Lustig performed well in his battle with Neymar throughout the match, with both players booked after squaring up late in the game.