Garry Monk says the manner in which Brendan Rodgers has turned Liverpool’s season around shows he belongs managing at the elite level.
Monk was captain of Swansea under Rodgers and inherited the manager’s job when his replacement Michael Laudrup was sacked.
The clubs will meet at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night with Monk hoping to get one over on his former boss for the first time in four attempts.
According to Monk, Rodgers has had to be extremely brave in getting Liverpool back on track this season after a summer of upheaval at Anfield.
“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,” said Monk.
“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.”
Liverpool will travel to South Wales boasting a 12-game unbeaten run in the Premier League during which time they have forced themselves into contention for a place in the top four.
The Reds boss openly admitted he feared the sack during a poor run of form in late 2014 but Monk feels Rodgers’ change in tactics from the system that came so close to bringing Liverpool the title merely shows he belongs at the top level.
“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,” added the Swansea boss.
Swansea are 3.94 to end Liverpool’s unbeaten run on Monday, with the visitors 1.97 and the draw 3.24.