Like Moyes, Rodgers replaced a club legend when he took over at Liverpool from Kenny Dalglish last summer
Such is the ruthless nature of England’s most celebrated domestic rivalry, there is little room for sentiment whenever Liverpool and Manchester United cross swords.
But Brendan Rodgers would be forgiven for feeling a pang, if only ever so slight, of empathy for David Moyes ahead of tomorrow evening’s latest showdown between the bitter North West rivals.
Rodgers’s side make the short journey down the East Lancs Road to Old Trafford for their Capital One Cup third round clash.
United go into the game on the back of a 4-1 thrashing at neighbours City on Sunday, having already been beaten at Anfield in the Premier League earlier this month.
The weekend humiliation has ramped up the scrutiny on Moyes’s fledgling reign as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rodgers similarly replaced a club legend when he took over at Liverpool from Kenny Dalglish last summer.
And while the contexts were considerably different, the Northern Irishman admits following in the footsteps of a celebrated figure brings its own unique issues.
“It is never easy,” says Rodgers. “Not least given Sir Alex Ferguson's track record. David is having to manage that change.
“There are different pressures. It is a different pressure all together.
“I came after Kenny, who is a legend of the club. But you have to put your own mark on it and do things that you see fit.
“I'm sure David, like myself, will make every decision that is best for the club.
“My ambition is for the club first and foremost. You have to do that work accordingly to make the club the best that it can be.
“He will be better for the experiences of this year and that will help him move them on.”
Rodgers suffered teething troubles of his own during the opening months of last season, and like Moyes was hampered by initial shortcomings in the transfer window.
And the Northern Irishman adds: “It’s the first time people have been able to look at and scrutinise things at United for 15 years. A change of manager will always do that.
“But they are the champions. They’ve got the squad there and bought more players so they will be looking to retain that. It’s still a champion squad so I’m sure he is looking to make his own mark on it.
“It takes time. They’ve still got the quality players and maybe David will see some of his own ideas coming through, but that takes patience.
“They played reasonably well against us when we were terrific in the first half, and they were pleased with how they played against Swansea on the opening day.
“Of course, on Sunday Man City showed the power they have in their squad and when they play like that not many can stop them."
While United have struggled to overly convince, they remain unbeaten this season at Old Trafford, a venue where Liverpool have lost nine of their last 10 visits – the only victory being the historic 4-1 triumph in March 2009.
“Listen, going to places like that is always difficult,” says Rodgers. “They have had a tough fixture list (to start).
“We had a tough fixture list last year, when we had to play Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in our first three games at home. You just have to try and get your flow and your rhythm as quick as you can.
“They will be disappointed with how they have started but they will see home games and Old Trafford as a place they can do really well. For us, it is a great game to bounce back in.”
Liverpool are looking to bounce back from seeing their unbeaten run ended – and being knocked off the top of the Premier League in the process – by a dismal 1-0 home reverse to Southampton last Saturday.
Rodgers attracted criticism in the wake of the defeat, not least for his decision to start the match with centre-backs occupying each position of the back four.
But he says: “I know I can sleep at night knowing I will do the very best for the supporters and the club.
“Sometimes, especially at the beginning of something which is delicate and difficult, you'll make decisions which maybe are unpopular
“But I want to be the one who steers the club back in the direction it should be going in and that is not easy.
“I know I am making decisions in the best interests of the club and that will always be the case.”
Rodgers wants to improve on last season’s Capital One Cup showing, with the Anfield outfit comprehensively dumped out in the fourth round by his former club Swansea City in a 3-1 home reverse.
A much-changed Liverpool line-up suffered a wobble before eventually seeing off League One outfit Notts County 4-2 at home after extra time in the previous round.
But Rodgers will again rotate his resources and while welcoming back Luis Suarez, an injury list that already includes Glen Johnson, Philippe Coutinho, Joe Allen, Aly Cissokho, Sebastian Coates and most likely Daniel Agger means there is little room for manoeuvre.
“This is a competition we would like to win and do well in,” he says. “Last year was a situation with the Europa League where our squad was so thin.
“This year we have three competitions and we want to attack every one with as much verve and desire to do well as we can. No matter who the opponent, is we would want to do well.”