Bren will never know what stick Real-y is
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.
“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.”