Michael Laudrup: Swansea fans will forgive Brendan Rodgers for leaving
Michael Laudrup believes Swansea City fans will forgive Brendan Rodgers for leaving the club to take charge of Liverpool in May
Michael Laudrup believes Swansea City fans will forgive Brendan Rodgers for quitting the club during the summer ahead of their Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield.
The 39-year-old left Swansea to replace Kenny Dalglish in May after two seasons in charge at the Liberty Stadium which saw him guide the club into the Premier League for the first time.
Laudrup controversially swapped Barcelona for Real Madrid during his playing career, and the former Denmark international assured Rodgers that time is a “great healer”.
“I don’t know how much stick Brendan will take on Wednesday, but I can tell you it won’t be as much as I did when, after five years playing for Barcelona,
I went back there with Real Madrid,” said Laudrup.
“You could say the fans weren’t that happy to see me – there were 100,000 whistling at me every time I touched the ball. The noise was incredible, it wasn’t very pleasant.
“But years on, I can now go to the Nou Camp and be welcomed there. As I said, time is a great healer. That’s why I believe that eventually they will realise what progress Brendan made here. He did a great job for the club.”
The Swansea manager also revealed he was a Reds supporters growing up and is relishing bringing his side to Anfield.
“Liverpool were my team as a kid. I watched them on television back home in Denmark,” he added.
“I loved the team, the atmosphere, but I never got the chance to play there, because Liverpool were banned from Europe for a long time after Heysel.
“I’ve only been there once, with Spanish television when they played Barcelona a few years ago.
“Now I’m looking forward to being involved there – even on the touchline.”