Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looking forward to Swansea Capital One Cup tie


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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is relishing the prospect of welcoming his old club Swansea to Anfield after the two sides were paired together in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Rodgers has endured a tough start to his Reds career after leaving the Swans in the summer and his new team lie in the Barclays Premier League bottom three.

But they showed plenty of fight to come from behind and win 2-1 at West Brom last night to progress in the competition they won last season.

The Swans, now managed by Michael Laudrup, made it into round four by scraping past Crawley on Tuesday night.

"Two special clubs," Rodgers said of the draw on Sky Sports News.

"Of course when you play in the competition any game at home you are happy with, but certainly to play against Swansea which will be two fantastic sets of supporters, two very good football teams and two great clubs, I'm looking forward to that."

The standout tie saw Chelsea drawn at home to Manchester United.

United will travel to Stamford Bridge after seeing off Newcastle 2-1 at Old Trafford last night, while the Blues hammered Wolves 6-0 in the last round.

Manchester City's conquerors Aston Villa were rewarded for knocking out the Barclays Premier League champions with a trip to Swindon.

Arsenal, 6-1 winners over Coventry last night, travel to Reading, while north London rivals Tottenham also progressed and are now set for a meeting with Norwich at Carrow Road.

Leeds, who ended Everton's hopes, are at home to Southampton.

There is a north-east derby in store at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland take on Middlesbrough - the teams met in the FA Cup last season.

Wigan will host the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, npower League Two outfit Bradford.

The ties will be played in the week commencing October 29.