Brendan backs Jacks in Europe
BRENDAN Rodgers reckons Swansea City are better equipped to cope with the rigours of the Europa League than his Liverpool side were last season.
Rodgers believes the Reds' Premier League form was hindered by their Europa involvement last term.
And while the former Swansea boss argues playing Continental football will "test" Michael Laudrup's men this season, he is confident they can come through.
"The on thing I would say which is different here compared to us last year is the depth of the squad," Rodgers said.
"Our squad was very thin last year, but you look through the Swansea squad now and, whether they are players who have been here a while or new faces, it's strong.
"Being in Europe certainly tests your squad, and Swansea have a tough game against Valencia before coming back to play Crystal Palace at the weekend.
"It's a test, but I do think they have a strong squad."
Rodgers left happy with a point Monday night after his second return to the Liberty with Liverpool ended in a dramatic 2-2 draw.
And the man who delivered Premier League football at Swansea reckons his old charges are in for another good year.
"This is an incredible club who will easily be in the top ten this season if they stick to their philosophy," Rodgers added.
"There are better players coming in every year, and Swansea is a very difficult place for any team to come.
"I know that better than anyone, but it's great coming back and seeing the way the stadium and the facilities are developing alongside the team."