Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: I’ll always be grateful to Reading
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers admits he is will "always be grateful" to Reading after spells at the club as a player and manager
Brendan Rodgers has admitted he will “always be grateful” to Reading ahead of Liverpool’s clash against the Royals at Anfield on Saturday.
Rodgers, who was appointed as Kenny Dalglish’s successor in May, spent two years at Reading as a player in the early 1990s before taking charge of the club in June 2009.
The 39-year-old lasted just over six months at the Royals before leaving by mutual consent in December, with the Northern Irishman going on to guide Swansea City into the Premier League in 2011.
“They’re a fantastic club and I’ll always be grateful for Reading,” said Rodgers.
“They played a massive part in my life. I moved there when I was 16 years of age, my kids were born there and I lived in the town for nearly 20 years.
“It [spell at Reading] had probably been my only bad experience in football since becoming a coach and a manager.
“But I don’t really see it as a bad experience – it was a great learning experience for me.
“I learnt many things in that six months that allowed me to go on and hopefully carve out a career for many years in the game.
“Brian [McDermott] came in and done exceptionally well. He’s got them promoted and they were outstanding particularly in the second half of last season to go on and win the league.
“When you come up, it is very, very difficult. You come up against better quality players who can really hurt you, but I’m sure they’ll do very, very well. They’re a wonderful club.”