Brendan Rodgers: I will always be grateful to Swansea City
BRENDAN Rodgers returns to Swansea City tomorrow with memories of two glorious years still fresh in the mind.
And the former Swansea manager insists even a frosty reception at the stadium he used to call home will not change his feelings towards the club.
Rodgers heads back to SA1 for the first time since quitting to take charge of Liverpool last May.
"It was a fantastic period there — we created history," said Rodgers.
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"In our first season together, the players, supporters and city really came together.
"We got promoted against all odds and in the Premier League it was deemed there would be a greater chance of seeing Elvis Presley than Swansea surviving.
"I was in no hurry to leave, but to come to a club of Liverpool's status — there are very, very few times in your lifetime you'll get asked to come to a club like Liverpool.
"When that comes, you've got to take the opportunity, and I'm ever so glad I did."
Rodgers's first reunion with sections of the Swansea support came at Anfield last month, when Michael Laudrup's men triumphed 3-1 to reach the last eight of the Capital One Cup.
Rodgers was given some fairly light-hearted stick by the away contingent on Merseyside, and something similar could lie in store for the Ulsterman tomorrow.
"As an old manager you never know but, whatever reception I get, I'll always be eternally grateful to the people of South Wales and Swansea City," he added.
"It was a wonderful club with real honest people who were passionate about the football club — the fit was perfect.
"The concentration for me is purely on the game, regardless of the reception I get, but it won't change my thinking on the club or the people."
Rodgers is sweating over the fitness of right-back Andrew Wisdom after he hobbled out of Thursday night's frustrating Europa League draw with Young Boys.
But the Reds travel south in high spirits having put together a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.