MY ANGUISH AT TAKING FLIGHT FROM SWANS – KOP BOSS BREN
LIVERPOOL v SWANSEA Kick-off 8pm
LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers has lifted the lid on his anguish at having to turn his back on Swansea for his Kop chance.
Rodgers faces his old club for the first time since quitting Wales for Anfield in the summer when the Swans head to Merseyside tonight.
The Northern Irishman had a remarkable two-year stint at the Liberty Stadium.
Rodgers guided Swansea to the Premier League through the play-offs in his first campaign in charge. And he even topped that by stabilising them as a top-flight force, taking them to a comfortable 11th place last term.
Combined with his remarkable success, his time in south Wales also coincided with him losing both of his parents.
And he admits that the way everyone at the club treated him made the decision to move on even tougher.
Rodgers said: “I had a really difficult one because in terms of the club it was a no-brainer.
“This is Liverpool Football Club but I was going to be saying goodbye to people.
“I had a tough time off the field, with my parents dying during my time there, and I had great support in that time.
“So there is an emotional attachment as well.
“But the professional challenge was too great.
“Of course it was disappointing to leave but I was walking into a club that could hopefully be a destination for me for many years to come.”
He added: “I had my fingers burnt before.
“I’d been at Watford, a club where I was really happy and we were progressing really well, and I went to Reading and didn’t have the best of experiences.
“Socially my family was happy, so I knew I was in a good place.
“I was 38 or 39 and hoping to be in the game for the next 25 years.
“I wasn’t in a hurry to leave because I know there are very few clubs that can understand my way of working.
“So that was dilemma.” Swansea stopper Garry Monk (left) insists facing his old boss is not a concern ahead of the trip to Anfield.
Michael Laudrup’s side are hoping to push into the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time in their history.
And Monk said: “We have got a new manager now and we are just focusing on doing well for him.
“Every manager we have had in the last few years has done great things for the club and got us to where we are today.
“We are progressing each game and getting stronger every week.”
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