Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists the rapturous welcome Rafael Benitez is expected to receive on his return to Anfield does not faze him.
The Spaniard heads back to his former club as an opposition boss for the first time since leaving in 2010 after six years in which he made them European champions again.
Benitez's Champions League win in Istanbul in 2005 - his first season in charge - means he is held in the highest regard by Reds fans.
The 53-year-old's home remains on the Wirral and his close association with the club and fans was cemented with his support for the Hillsborough families, this week marking the 24th anniversary of the disaster, and his wife Montse's charitable foundation benefiting local causes.
It means when he steps back out into the Anfield dug-out on Sunday there will be the bizarre scenario where only section of the ground not likely to be applauding the visiting manager are the away fans - many of whom have actively campaigned against him purely beca...