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Capital One Cup: Liverpool v Swansea City

New Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers will face his old club, Swansea City, for the first time as the new Liverpool manager in their Capital One Cup fourth round tie at Anfield later today.

Buy Liverpool v Swansea City Tickets, Capital One Cup, 31 Oct 2012 20:00, Anfield Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool superstar striker Luis Suarez, will probably be off the pitch tonight.

Suarez signed a new long-term contract at the start of this campaign and Rodgers soundly dismissed fears the striker will be forced out of the English game by continuing criticism of him taking dives.

“I think he loves playing in English football,” ssaid Rodgers referring to Suarez.

“I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here.

“What he is is a player who is mentally very strong – as you can see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken.

“It is actually a driver for him. It really motivates him and he loves being at Liverpool: he loves the city, the club and the supporters so I can't see that (being forced out) happening.”

“He is a breath of fresh air with his enthusiasm.

“He is a wonderful talent who will always provoke comments both positive and negative but the bottom line is he is a fantastic player.”

Rodgers was content at Swansea, and felt sad to leave the club - but he could not deny the opportunity at Liverpool.

“I had a lump in my throat, it was a real difficult one,” said Rodgers. “In terms of the club it was a no-brainer because it’s Liverpool Football Club.

“But I was going to be saying goodbye to really good people. I’d had a tough time personally off the field, my parents died in that period, and I had great support in that time, so there was a real emotional attachment there as well.

“But the professional challenge was too great. Of course it was disappointing to leave, but on the other hand I was walking into a club which hopefully could be a destination for me for many, many years to come.”

“I’d had my fingers burnt before,” he admits. “I’d been at Watford, a club where I was really happy and we’d been making progress really well.

“I went to Reading and didn’t have the best experience. Part of my reflection was that when I went to a club, it couldn’t be just about the club, but the right one and the right chairman.

“There are a lot of clubs in this country I couldn’t go and work with because of the philosophy I have, as that wouldn’t be the norm.

“I chose to go to Swansea and it was the perfect fit. I had two incredible years, we created history as a club, the players were brilliant and very receptive to the ideas, and we had success.

“Obviously I had built up a close relationship with the supporters, socially my family was happy and I knew I was in a good place.

“I was 39 years of age and hope to be in the game for the next 25 years so I wasn’t in a hurry to leave, as I knew very few clubs would understand my way of working. That was the dilemma.”

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