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Laudrup downplays Rodgers reunion

SoccerNews in English Premier League 29 Oct 2012

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has played down the significance of the club’s reunion with Brendan Rodgers and Joe Allen.

Rodgers left the Welsh club to join Liverpool during the close season and made the 22-year-old Allen one of his first acquisitions as Reds boss prior to Laudrup’s arrival.

The pair are now set to come up against their former side in Wednesday’s League Cup clash at Anfield.

But Laudrup is treating the match like any other.

“For me this is nothing different, I want to win all the games,” the Dane told BBC Sport.

“I know there is something special when you see former players and coaches, but for me it is Swansea against Liverpool, not against Brendan Rodgers or Joe Allen.”

Swansea have never progressed further than the fourth round of the League Cup, and will be hoping to achieve the feat for the first time in the 100-year history of the club.

“It’s at Anfield and it is a big game in a competition where if we win we can claim a place in the record books of Swansea City,” Laudrup added.

“I want to win every game we play, not only the ones where we are against ex-managers. There was one of those 10 days ago (against Roberto Martinez’s Wigan) and we won that.”

The visitors will be without influential goalkeeper Michel Vorm for the next eight weeks after the Dutchman suffered a groin injury, meaning Gerhard Tremmel is set to deputise.

“It’s a huge opportunity for Gerhard,” Laudrup said. “Obviously we’re very sad for Michel but it’s a part of football.

“We all know that the position of goalkeeper is very special – you play all of the time or you play very seldom. It’s much different to being a (outfield) player.”

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