Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is confident Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers can stamp his mark on the club despite a stormy start to the season.
The two Ulstermen will go head to head at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening three days after Rodgers' problems at Anfield were put into perspective by an independent report into the deaths of 96 of the Reds' supporters at Hillsborough in 1989.
It is certain to be an emotional occasion on Wearside, but once the whistle blows, the only concentration for the men on the field will be the three Premier League points at stake.
Rodgers' side currently sit in 18th place in the table having taken just one point from their three games to date, albeit from reigning champions Manchester City, and with their new manager coming under pressure in some quarters, with the Andy Carroll debacle still a topic for debate.
But O'Neill said: "Brendan obviously has his style, which he brought to Swansea - I say brought to Swansea, it might have been there in the first place, but he certainly enhanced it.
"If I say so, their start to the season under [Michael] Laudrup now is maybe a continuation of that work.
"People can tinker with it whatever way they want, but it's worked very well.
"On the back of that, he has gone to Liverpool and obviously wants to stamp his authority - or his mark, rather than authority, perhaps - on Liverpool Football Club. Obviously, that's what you want to do as a manager.
"But I don't think he's going into it with eyes closed. He would have had a number of meetings there with the owners of the football club. He must have agreed to the way in which they want to work.
"I believe there's a fly-on-the-wall documentary - I haven't seen it, so I really can't comment on it other than some of the reviews that people have made about it in the newspapers. It couldn't, maybe, have been done without his consent.
"But whatever way he is doing it, it's entirely up to him."
That six-part documentary, entitled "Being Liverpool", is being aired in the United States this month and is said to shed light on Rodgers' managerial style.
O'Neill, of course, is several months further into the process of imposing his personality on his own club, and with two creditable draws at Arsenal and Swansea under his belt to date, heads into his first home league game of the campaign - Reading's visit on August 25th was postponed because of torrential rain - in a positive mood.
He said: "Liverpool come here with great tradition. I know the word 'legendary' is used almost as the throw of a dice now, but the club has legend and everything else that you could possibly think about behind it now, particularly over the last 50 years since Bill Shankly came in.
"It's a really proud tradition and it will be a highly-charged atmosphere."
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