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Swansea City: 'I owe Brendan so much for bringing me back here'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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LEON Britton admitted he owes Brendan Rodgers a debt of gratitude after being reunited with the Northern Irishman yesterday.

Rodgers was back in South Wales with Liverpool, who Swansea City held to a 0-0 draw.

As he posed for pictures and signed autographs before the game, Rodgers was treated to warm applause from home fans.

The Reds boss was then subjected to playful chanting after taking an unaccustomed seat in the away dugout.

Swansea players all exchanged friendly words with their former manager after the game.

And Britton revealed it was great to see the man who offered him a return to South Wales.

The midfielder had moved to Sheffield United just before Rodgers was appointed Swansea boss and was enduring an unhappy time in Yorkshire.

United were struggling at the wrong end of the Championship during a season that ended in their relegation.

They went through a succession of managers that term as Kevin Blackwell, Gary Speed and Micky Adams all had spells in charge.

Britton was being asked to play an unaccustomed attacking role in a team renowned for their direct approach.

Then in January 2011, Rodgers offered the 30-year-old a way out.

He brought him back to Swansea and Britton played a key role in the club's climb into the Premier League.

"It was great to see Brendan — I owe him a lot for bringing me back here," said Britton, who also caught up with Joe Allen.

"I know Joe well, from him breaking through here. I'm delighted he got his move but he's a very good player, so it was good to come up against him.

"I think it was quite a tactical game, with two teams who like to pass the ball and get it down. It was tough out there."

A draw was probably a fair result after a match in which both sides had chances.

Swansea's best openings fell to Pablo Hernandez who twice fired narrowly off target in the first half.

Close

Jonathan de Guzman also went close for Michael Laudrup's side, but got his shot all wrong after ignoring passes to his left and right.

Liverpool might also have taken the lead — and thought they had when Jose Enrique turned in Luis Suarez's cross on 34 minutes.

But the Spaniard was judged offside in a tight call that looked debatable even after seeing replays.

Raheem Sterling then rattled Swansea's crossbar before squandering a second-half opportunity on the counter.

He and Luis Suarez broke swiftly when Angel Rangel misjudged a header.

But the teenage winger over-hit his pass and Suarez had to check inside Dyer before firing straight at Gerhard Tremmel.

"We're doing well, added Britton.

"At the start of the season we got new players and management and it takes a bit of time to settle down."

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