Bren will never know what stick Real-y is

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 - By FRANK MCCAULEY

MICHAEL LAU­DRUP has told Bren­dan Rodgers that he’ll never re­ceive the amount of stick he got fac­ing for­mer club Barcelona as a Real Madrid player.

Much of the fo­cus ahead of the Cap­i­tal One Cup last-16 tie has been on Liver­pool boss Rodgers fac­ing his for­mer team.

De­spite guid­ing the Swans to the Premier League, the North­ern Ir­ish­man, who also prised mid­fielder Joe Allen away from south Wales, can ex­pect a hos­tile re­cep­tion from the trav­el­ling fans.

Lau­drup knows all about hav­ing to face the ha­tred of op­po­si­tion fans af­ter leav­ing Barcelona for arch-ri­vals Real Madrid.

The Dane does not ex­pect Rodgers to re­ceive any­thing like that level of abuse, and also be­lieves those fans will calm down over time.

“I don’t know how much stick Bren­dan will get, but it won’t be as much as I got with Real Madrid,” he said.

Ad­mired

“You could say the fans weren’t that happy to see me – there were 100,000 whistling at me ev­ery time I touched the ball, and it wasn’t very pleas­ant.

“But years on, I can now go to the Nou Camp and be wel­comed there. As I said, time is a great healer.

Wed­nes­day will mark Lau­drup’s first visit to An­field as a player or a man­ager, hav­ing missed the chance due to the ban placed on English clubs play­ing in Europe fol­low­ing the Hey­sel dis­as­ter.

And he ad­mits the Reds were a team he ad­mired in his youth.

“They were my team as a kid. I watched them on tele­vi­sion back home in Den­mark,” he added.

“I never got the chance to play there, but I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing in­volved there – even on the touch­line.”

WHIS­TLED: Lau­drup

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