MY AN­GUISH AT TAK­ING FLIGHT FROM SWANS – KOP BOSS BREN

LIVER­POOL v SWANSEA Kick-off 8pm

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

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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