Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Rafa Benitez will not be bothered by the hostile reception he received from Chelsea supporters and has backed his managerial rival to win over the Stamford Bridge crowd.
Benitez, appointed in place of the popular Roberto Di Matteo, was greeted with jeers before the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester City on Sunday, having angered the club’s fans with comments he made during his time in charge of Liverpool.
But Rodgers reckons that will be of no concern to the Spaniard and claims a run of positive results can help him quickly find favour.
He told talkSPORT: “Rafa will only be focused on the job at hand. We’ve seen it before - if you can win games then that can override any ill-feeling.
“It’s a terrific club Chelsea and the supporters have been used to success now in the last eight to nine years.
“Roberto will obviously feel very harshly done by. In a short period of time he did a terrific job. But the owner puts the money into the club, they make the decisions and you have to run with it.
“It doesn’t make it right but Rafa is a very experienced manager and I’m sure he will go in and do a good job in the period he is in there, however long that is.”