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Garry Monk backs Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to become the best in the world

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has lavished praise on Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers today, ahead of the two club’s upcoming Premier League clash on Monday evening.

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The Swans boss was still a player during Brendan Rodgers’ time at the Liberty Stadium, and has revealed that his former boss has been a big source of inspiration since he made the step up to management.

Monk, who was quoted by Sky Sports, said: “He’s got the knowledge, know-how and capabilities in man-management. He’s got the package to do it at the elite of Europe. Whether that’s an ambition he has at Liverpool or it is an ambition to be at the really elite, I don’t know.

“But I’m sure he wants to take Liverpool to those heights again. I’ve spoken to him about it and the pressure at the bigger clubs is constant but I think he handles it very well.”

Rodgers recently revealed that he feared the sack earlier this season, during a difficult start to the season for the Reds, but Monk never doubted that the Northern Irishman would succeed in turning things around.

He added: “Transition’s never easy, especially after a fantastic season, and just missing out on that title will have knocked the confidence of the players initially. It takes time to get that confidence back but he’s done that and he also had quite an influx of players in the summer.

“All credit to Brendan for having the bravery to change it to what players probably weren’t used to. He did it at a period where it could have been a risk but it’s paid dividends.”

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