West Brom manager Roy Hodgson insists Saturday’s showdown with former club Liverpool is just “another game”.
Hodgson was sacked by the Reds in January after just six months in charge at Anfield, and the Merseyside giants’ visit to The Hawthorns this weekend is the first time he has come face-to-face with them since his departure.
But Hodgson insists he is more concerned with his current employers, the Baggies, who are just one point above the Premier League’s relegation zone with eight games remaining.
He said: “It's another game but it means a lot because we only have eight games left and every game means a lot.
“I don't have any feelings of revenge or proving anything. I don't think I need to prove points.
“If there are people out there who think I need to prove a point then I suggest they look at what I've done in 36 years.
“I'm more concerned with having that behind me than having debates about six months at a club.
“For me it's six months in a 36-year career - and I don't have any worries about that.
“I live in the present and the future. What happened at Liverpool is in the past.”
However, Hodgson remains insistent that he never stood a chance because he was not “wanted” at Anfield.
He added: “The fans were making it clear they wanted me gone and someone else in. Everyone knows for one minute I can't suggest I felt wanted at Liverpool.
“It is not exactly a secret I wasn't perceived by a lot of people as the manager they wanted at Liverpool. They wanted somebody else and that makes life a lot more difficult.
“It was my misfortune to be at a club where the fans made it pretty clear early on they really wanted the manager they have got now (Kenny Dalglish).”