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Reading failure drives Rodgers


 Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' chastening short-lived experience as boss of today's opponents Reading is something he will not forget.

The Northern Irishman admits that he left Watford for the Royals job against his better judgment in 2009 and within six months he was dispensed with after winning just six of 23 matches.

However, he sees that period, and the subsequent six months he spent out of work, as career-defining.

"It does knock you initially because that was the first time I'd ever lost my job in football," said the 40-year-old.

"But I was glad I went to Reading because it gave me a chance to look at myself and my beliefs.

"The six months I was out of work from leaving Reading to going to Swansea was a real useful period for me to reflect and set me up for the rest of my football career."

New Reading boss Nigel Adkins has presided over two defeats since taking over from Brian McDermott at the struggling club. While feeling sorry for McDermott, Rodgers believes they have the ideal man to bring them back up – not that he believes relegation is a foregone conclusion.

"Nigel Adkins is a top-class manager. I am sure he will not give up on staying up and that is why it will be a tough game," he said.

"He has a couple of promotions under his belt and he knows what it takes to get back into the Premier League if they were to go down.

"But there are a number of games left and until they are mathematically down they will keep fighting."

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