The 40-year-old admits when he took over at Swansea, having been sacked at Reading seven months previously, he benefited from the groundwork done by the Spaniard.
Even though there had been a year of Paulo Sousa's leadership in between at the Liberty Stadium the footprints of Martinez were still there and Rodgers was able to build on those foundations.
It ultimately allowed him to get Swansea promoted to the Barclays Premier League and, on the back of that success, saw him installed at Anfield ahead of Martinez, who was the other leading candidate Fenway Sports Group had identified.
The pair cross paths at the DW Stadium tomorrow - a place where Liverpool have not won since September 2007 despite the Latics' regular battles against relegation - where there will be a meeting of like-minded managers.
"He did a terrific job at Swansea for the couple of years he was there, it made my job easier going in," said the Reds boss.
"I could then work on other aspects. Every manager who comes in after someone you will always respect what he has done.
"Certainly with me and Roberto, he did an excellent job there. I was there to move it on and hopefully move the club forward again."
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