Monk was full of praise for his old manager as he aims to break a points record he set at the Liberty Stadium.
Monk is quoted in the South Wales Evening Post, talking about breaking the points tally that Rodgers achieved in Swansea's first season in the Premier League of 47 points, which is well in the sights of Monk's current side.
The 36-year-old said: "What Brendan did for our club is fantastic and it's the benchmark for us.
"For any manager who comes in, but especially for me because I played under Brendan and worked very closely with him, it's an inspiration to try to get there.
"That's what those targets are there for — you want to try to beat them.
"He has moved on from us obviously and is doing exceptionally well at Liverpool, turning them round and making them a real force."
The two sides meet on Monday night at the Liberty Stadium with the Swans looking to take their third major scalp at home this season having already overcome both Arsenal and Manchester United, and Liverpool will be keen to avoid that as they look to continue their push for a place in next season's Champions League - and preserve their unbeaten league record in 2015.
Swansea are just six points off breaking their record and remain firmly on course to do so with 10 games remaining. The job that Monk has done so far probably hasn't got the kind of recognition it deserves.