Former Liverpool boss and weekend rival Brendan Rodgers has been heaping praise on his old club for their ability to handle an injury crisis.
Rodgers became Liverpool manager in 2012 and nearly brought the Premier League title to Anfield. However, after a string of indifferent results he was replaced by Jurgen Klopp in 2015.
Rodgers is now Leicester City boss and the Foxes take on his former club this weekend hoping to add to their early-season title credentials.
It could be argued that there has never been a better time to take on Liverpool, as the Reds are struggling with a plethora of injury problems, particularly in defence.
But Rodgers was clear in his pre-match press conference that Liverpool have more than enough cover to successfully fend off his side and also made it clear that his old Liverpool connections will have no bearing on the fixture.
“Not really,” Rodgers stated, as reported by the Leicester Mercury. “They’ve got top-class players. We’ve seen it ourselves with our injuries that the players have come in and done really well and that will be the same for them. It will be a really tough game.”
“It doesn’t mean anything for the players. Liverpool is an incredible club, they’ve been Premier League champions and European champions. They’re a top-level team. We know we have to be at our best to get a result.”
Leicester, of course, have had their own injury problems this season. Like Liverpool, their defence has been decimated by fitness issues but they have shown brilliant resilience and adaptability to enjoy an excellent start to the new season.
Rodgers will realise that and hope his side can come good against his old club Liverpool.