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Brendan Rodgers is determined to ensure the apprentice doesn't get the better of the master at Anfield tomorrow.
Any meeting with Swansea City is special for the Northern Irishman, who cherishes the memories of his two successful years in South Wales prior to landing the Liverpool FC job in 2012.
However, this game has taken on extra significance for Rodgers since the appointment of Garry Monk as the Swans' head coach earlier this month.
When Monk was handed the reins following the sacking of manager Michael Laudrup, Rodgers was quick to offer advice to the 34-year-old rookie.
Monk was Rodgers' captain at Swansea and the Reds boss hasn't been surprised by the recent upturn in the club's fortunes.
A derby win over Cardiff and a point at Stoke has pulled the Swans away from the Premier League drop zone and they responded to their FA Cup exit at the hands of Everton by holding Napoli to a goalless draw in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Rodgers believes his old club now represent a very different proposition with Monk at the helm.
"Watching them in the last few weeks you can see what Garry has done," Rodgers told the ECHO. "He has brought organisation into the team. It looks like they are pressing in a similar way to how they did when I was there for those couple of years.
"It looks like Garry has galvanised the squad. They should have beaten Napoli which is no mean feat. They will be confident coming to Anfield and it will be a tough game for us.
"Swansea are a great club with a wonderful set of supporters who take great pride in their city and travel well. Garry has been given an incredible opportunity there. It has come unexpectedly for him but he looks very calm and is enjoying it.
"He has ambitions to do well in management and he has taken to the role very well. His job is to try to ensure they stay in the Premier League and he has made a real good start to that.
"He was a brilliant captain for me. He was very much on my side and we communicated a lot both on a professional and personal basis. When I was there I told him he should start thinking about doing his coaching badges.
"He's bright and he's very honest, studious and loyal. He's always been a great learner. He was one I could see having a future in coaching and management."
This week the supportive phone calls and bits of advice have stopped. Rodgers is keen to ensure Liverpool put a dent in Monk's honeymoon period.
"Garry is a good man and a good friend but I haven't spoken to him this week," he added.
"After this weekend I'll wish him all the very best. We will be friends before the game and friends after but for 90 minutes I just want to ensure we keep this run going in the league."