Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has suggested to the Daily Mail it was Brendan Rodgers at Reading who first showed him faith and confidence.
The midfielder enjoyed a brief spell with Tottenham Hotspur before he moved to the Swans, but he’s praised Liverpool’s current manager for the way he was developed through the early part of his career.
“He was the one who pushed me into the first team. I played my first games under him at Reading and he brought me to Swansea as well,” said Sigurdsson.
“His one-to-one skills are really good - I will always remember what he did for me, he has played a big part in my career. I will always be thankful for that.”
It was always going to be difficult for Sigurdsson to develop with Tottenham because he didn’t have the benefit of continuity.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made some big calls over the managers at White Hart Lane while he was at the club and he was also played out of position on the left hand side.
Fortunately, he seems to have found his feet and is settled in his best position with the Swans under Garry Monk.
Swansea are well placed for an assault on the top six in the Premier League over the rest of the season.
If they’re to pull it off, they need Sigurdsson to stay in form and to carry on producing his very best form for the club.
He can make the difference with a single pass in a big game so it’s important Monk keeps him in the team and works with him to fine tune the key areas in his game, to ensure that he becomes an even better player.