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Brendan Rodgers
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Ethnic Northern Irishman
Job Northern Irishman Football Coach
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2014 05 04 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Chelsea’s tactics in a 2-0 win away to his Liverpool side] They parked two buses rather than one

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looking ahead to the new campaign instead of dwelling in the past] I wasn’t lying on a sun lounger on a beach over the summer crying and fretting over the fact that we lost the league

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers compares Raheem Sterling’s stunning run against Tottenham Hotspur to former Spurs hero Ricardo Villa’s famous goal in 1981. He was less complementary about the England man’s shot on goal, though] I had to laugh when he almost scored the fourth - he dribbled through the Spurs defence like Ricky Villa, but his finish was more like Ricky Gervais

2014 12 01 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard offered new Liverpool deal] Steven’s been offered a contract here, and that’s where it’s at. After everything he’s done here, Steven deserves that respect, and should be given that time to consider that. It’s a big move, not just in his life, in terms of committing to where his next contract’s going to be. He needs to be given that time and respect to look at that. There are probably many things Steven has to look at in a decision like that, but it certainly won’t be about money. I’ve spoken to him enough times, and at length, and that certainly won’t be the case, so I think that between now and the end of the season, he deserves that opportunity to have a think as to where he’s at

[Gerrard played the final 15 minutes against Stoke, with Rodgers denying he had snubbed his captain] I love working with Steven Gerrard. He’s arguably the best player who has ever played in the Premier League. I’ve enjoyed every single minute of working with him here, and I hope that continues. But I need to give him the opportunity to think for as long as it takes in order to decide what he wants to do next. I’ve seen some unfortunate reports yesterday about a rift between him and me. If there are two words that describe our relationship, they would be honesty and respect. He’s been an outstanding player over his time and my time here. He’s been absolutely brilliant. He’s at the stage of his career where it’s not so much about the number of games that he plays now, it’s about the level of the games. That’s something we’ll work with and look at

[Asked directly if there had been any fall-out with] No - 150%, no. I was very surprised to see that. I think Steven made the same point on social media. He and I have a fantastic relationship. I have huge respect for him, not just as a player, but as a person

2014 12 02 Retrieve

[Liverpool accept Steven Gerrard could quit Anfield for a fresh challenge] There are other factors involved that are as much about life as they are about football. One thing I know absolutely is that it is not about money. It is not about finances.

[When it was put to Rodgers that other top clubs may come in for Gerrard] I can only think about the situation here and I hope there is a solution with the club and the representatives. It is not about the money, it is about the time of his career in terms of playing. He is a big, big talent

2014 12 02b Retrieve

[Rodgers rejected the idea that Gerrard might now be eased into a coaching role] At this moment in time he is still very much a player. This is his concentration. When I see how he trains and works it is still about playing. Then, maybe there is a role further down the line. To have someone like that beside you in a coaching capacity would be great. At this moment it is purely about football. He is 35 years old at the end of this season and still has a couple of years to play if he wants to. There are many things at this stage he needs to factor in, it is not just about football

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard] The word I would describe him as is ‘Liverpool’. He’s very much about looking after his people. He loves his city. He’s had numerous opportunities to leave here for prestigious clubs. But Liverpool’s his home. What he’s given to this city, politicians, hospitals and local charities haven’t given to this city

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[After Barcelona beat Celtic 7-0 in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] They are very special players. I had the great fortune to work with one of them and Luis (Suarez) was at his top level. It’s a front three that can occupy as many players as you want. We had five in the back line but their movement, speed and touch can make it very difficult for you. They are world class players and showed it tonight

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] First of all, when you speak about Luis Suarez, you have to speak about the man. Luis Suarez is one of the most beautiful men you could come across. He’s a very humble guy who works tirelessly at his profession. He is a super-professional, a family man who gives everything for his life as a footballer and his family. I had the pleasure of working with him for two years and he was incredible and as a footballer, he is the best in the world. The biggest compliment you can give Luis is that he came to an already world-class team and he made them even better. When I see them play now, Barcelona would not be the same team without Luis Suarez

2016 09 15 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] If I were to have a striker in my team, apart from Lionel Messi, he’s certainly the one. [. . .] The only difference I see is that he plays now in a team that can maximise his ability. He’s always been creative, he’s always been a worker and how he presses the game. When he first went there people were questioning whether he was good enough and that he was there to just feed the others. He’s that type of player with his work rate and mentality that gets the respect of his team-mates very quickly

2016 09 16 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] For him not to be in the top three of the Ballon d’Or was incredible [. . .]. He left Liverpool as a world-class player and he’s gone into a Barcelona team that was already up there and made them better. Playing with that level of players as well has obviously made him a better player. He’s still young enough to win that accolade but he’s certainly up there with the best

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] My team [Swansea] had played against him the season before. Initially I just thought he was a pest. He was one of those boys in around and the box he’d create and provoke a reaction from a defender. Having the chance to then go in and work with him … I just felt each game he got better and better

2016 09 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] He [Suarez] has shown in his time at Liverpool in the last year or so that he is near unplayable. He on his own can occupy a back four with his movement and his cleverness

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Barcelona’s Luis Suarez is the best in the world] First of all, when you speak about Luis Suarez, you have to speak about the man. Luis Suarez is one of the most beautiful men you could come across. He’s a very humble guy who works tirelessly at his profession. He is a super-professional, a family man who gives everything for his life as a footballer and his family. I had the pleasure of working with him for two years and he was incredible and as a footballer, he is the best in the world. The biggest compliment you can give Luis is that he came to an already world-class team and he made them even better

2019 02 26 Retrieve

[Celtic ‘very reluctantly’ grant Brendan Rodgers permission to speak with Leicester] Celtic Football Club today confirmed that it has been approached by Leicester City FC to speak to Brendan Rodgers with regards to their current managerial vacancy.

Brendan has indicated to the club that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further and therefore, very reluctantly, the club has granted him permission to speak to Leicester City

2019 02 26b Retrieve

[Celtic ‘very reluctantly’ grant Rodgers permission to speak with Leicester City] I see the attraction of Leicester. They are very wealthy. They play in one of the top leagues in the world and there would be money to spend. But I would still argue that in terms of clubs, Leicester are nowhere near Celtic. And I say that with the greatest respect

2019 02 26c Retrieve

[Leicester confirm Rodgers appointment from Celtic following Puel sacking] I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club. Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward

2019 05 21 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Rodgers explains Okazaki exit] It is respecting his desires and at the stage of his career, he is 33 and has been a wonderful servant here. He is world renowned now because of his story with Leicester City, but he wants to go back to playing as a striker and have that opportunity. He is in the latter stages of his career. From the outside watching him you could see his honesty, the type of player he is and the quality he has, but actually it is only when you work with him on a day-to-day basis you find out he is a star. He gets on with his work, is very low maintenance and is ready when you need him

[Whatever his destination, he is keen to return to a more attacking role than he was generally deployed in at Leicester, having made his name as an out-and-out forward] As a striker you are judged on your goals in your game. Here he played more as a third midfield player, where he could link the game between the midfield and Jamie (Vardy). He is also very clever in his pressing. He can press. However, he sees his strengths and his positioning as a striker and unfortunately here that opportunity would be limited, but also I think he is keen to try in another country. I am sure wherever he goes he will be a great success. I don’t know where and I don’t think even he knows yet. He feels it is probably time to move on but his contribution will never be forgotten. He is honest and every day he works so hard. He does it all with an energy, enthusiasm and a smile

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes that he has acquired the services of another potent forward, Ayoze Perez, to work alongside Jamie Vardy and Co] I think Ayoze will be a wonderful addition to the squad. He’s quick, has a good eye for goal and he’s experienced in the Premier League too. I think he’s a player who will excite our supporters, and his style is one that I believe complements the options and quality that we already have here at the football club.

2019 07 08 Retrieve

[Rodgers also weighed in on the transfer, stating that the acquisition of such a talented player Youri Tielemans speaks volumes of the club’s ambitions] I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey. It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here. Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City

2019 07 16 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Kieran Tierney] He’s got an incredible determination, an old-school determination. He lives his life right, he doesn’t drink or do stupid things. He’s in every day training like a dog. He fights, he runs, he’s aggressive. And he’s a lovely boy. In modern-day football you have players who love football but don’t necessarily love the club they play for. He’s one of a small band who absolutely loves football - and he loves Celtic

2019 07 16 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Leicester City have rejected two bids for rumoured Manchester United and Manchester City target Harry Maguire] It’s pretty simple really and we’re quite relaxed about it. Harry is a top-class player. Of course, he has attracted interest with two bids coming in but they nowhere near meet the valuation of the club. Harry is relaxed about it - we are. He’s been absolutely brilliant, I have to add, because I’ve been in a similar situation a number of times and it can be very difficult for players, but he’s a special guy

[There have been reports that Maguire has informed Leicester of his desire to leave] Any conversation with me and a player would be private. If a team like Man City or Man United are interested, I understand the attraction. We’re relaxed because until the valuation is met, there’s not a decision to be made

2019 07 24 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says he is relaxed over the future of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who continues to be linked to Manchester United] We’re very relaxed. The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he’s very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it’s very much here. I’m quite relaxed. It’s all ‘what if?’ At this moment in time there’s nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don’t need to sell, the club don’t want to sell.

Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it’s not the case. He’s a player that is training, working. What I would say is he’s been the ultimate professional. It’s actually been a joy to work with him, because I’ve been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester. You see by his performance, and in training every day he’s been absolutely first class

[But asked if Maguire wants to stay with the Foxes] That’s not really for me to say

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers, who has successfully kept all his first-team players so far this summer and says he is under no pressure to make sales, has been cool over Harry Maguire’s future] The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he’s very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it’s very much here. I’m quite relaxed. It’s all ‘what if?’ At this moment in time there’s nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don’t need to sell, the club don’t want to sell. Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it’s not the case. He’s a player that is training, working. What I would say is he’s been the ultimate professional. It’s actually been a joy to work with him, because I’ve been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Manchester United target Harry Maguire is no closer to departing Leicester City for the Red Devils] He’s been brilliant since the first day of pre-season. There’s a lot of speculation around Harry, but he’s just got on with it. Like I’ve always said, we’re all pretty relaxed with it. We’re looking to prepare the whole team and squad and Harry’s a part of that. He was excellent [Saturday], he’s working very hard. There’s no discussion. I know you guys [the media] are looking for updates, but there’s no change from the other night

[Regarding whether Leicester would point-blank refuse to sell after a certain period, due to the club’s lack of time to secure a replacement] I haven’t really thought about that. We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it’s just a case of everyone staying focused

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says a fee has been agreed with Manchester United for the sale of Harry Maguire] There has been contact between the two clubs, a fee has been agreed and then it’s a case of Harry having an opportunity to speak to them to see if he can find an agreement on personal terms. That’s something that is of interest to him. And, then, of course, a medical. Apart from that there is not a great deal more to say. Probably after the weekend we will know more. But it’s clear of course the two teams have been talking and a fee has been agreed

[Maguire was left out of Brendan Rodgers’s squad for Friday night’s friendly, and would expect to make his United debut in their Premier League opener at home to Chelsea if the deal is completed next week] He’s a special player and not a player that we want to lose. There’s still some work to do for it to go through. You always have to prepare for that ‘what if?’ and a club like ourselves needs to have that pipeline of players ready to be able to bring in. We have a number of options if Harry is to go, but that’s something that’s already been going on for a number of weeks. If it does happen, we will look at our options

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Frank Lampard is the perfect manager to take Chelsea forward] I think Frank has done very well since he has gone in. This is a team that finished third and won the Europa League. I think Frank is perfect for it. He and Jody [Morris], they understand the fabric of Chelsea, what it’s about. You go with your gut feeling. He’s been around a long time. He understands the club, the expectancy. He’s a hero for the supporters. He’ll want to win and succeed as a manager. He’s got great staff around him who also understand Chelsea and then he’ll have that support

[While first-team regulars Eden Hazard and David Luiz left Chelsea in the close season Lampard has been unable to bring in any new signings due to a transfer ban, though Rodgers has no doubt the 41-year-old will still succeed] I don’t think it will have a bearing. They will have the squad to cope with that, when you’re in European competitions you have to have the squad to compete in that. They’ll be looking to put on a good performance in their first home game under Frank

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Chelsea vs Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers’s side likely to be no pushover on the road] I think Frank Lampard has done very well since he has gone in. This is a team that finished third and won the Europa League. I think Frank is perfect for it. He and Jody Morris, they understand the fabric of Chelsea, what it’s about. You go with your gut feeling. He’s been around a long time. He understands the club, the expectancy. He’s a hero for the supporters. He’ll want to win and succeed as a manager. He’s got great staff around him who also understand Chelsea and then he’ll have that support

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Adrien Silva] I’ve had a long conversation with Adrien Silva and I know where he’s at and what he’s thinking. He’s an experienced player, he’s 30 years of age and players like him want to be playing. The window is open for another few weeks so there may be something that comes up

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Newcastle vs Leicester. Brendan Rodgers can look at the Carabao Cup more optimistically, having seen his side start the Premier League in strong fashion, with draws against European hopefuls Wolves and Chelsea followed by a win against Sheffield United that was capped by a blockbuster strike from Harvey Barnes] You want to do well in the games. We’ve got one game a week. It’s not as if we’re playing 60-odd games a season and we’ve got to rest players. Between now and Christmas we’ll have very few midweek games. Of course we would like to have a good run in the cup competitions. That’s what we’ve all agreed. We’ve spoken on that. We’ll always put a team out that we think can get a result. Players have a chance every day to prove to be in the team, so we’ll pick a side that can win the game

2019 08 29 Retrieve

[After a strong start to his season with the Foxes, Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers has backed James Maddison to be called up in the future] If you’re looking at talent, players who are hungry and coachable, he fits into that mould. England have a lot of very talented players. However, he is one that certainly Gareth will see that in his game and how he has a real talent to succeed. Many players say they want to be the best they can be but they are last into training and first away. So what they want to be isn’t matched by putting the effort in. He’s a guy that puts the effort in. Everyone talks about his set pieces but it does not come by accident. Every day he will spend extra time on them, the quality he has on his delivery is sensational. He has confidence as he puts the work in

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight when a deal was done to bring a player back onto his books that boasts the potential to take his game to even greater heights in the future] I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey. It’s an incredibly exciting time for this club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here. Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Manchester United vs Leicester. Aiming to quell Daniel James are a Leicester side undefeated in their opening four matches and being talked about as potential top-six material already] They will always have quality, maybe some of the results that they’ve had says otherwise. It’s still a difficult place and you have to go and earn your right to win there

2019 09 15 Retrieve

[With Leicester quick to support their player’s pace, even coach Brendan Rodgers jumped to Wes Morgan’s defence] It’s a bit harsh on Wes. His speed is in his brain, as is the case when you’re in your mid-30s. Thankfully, he’s back fit now. I would defend him on that, he’s certainly quicker than 29 out of 99

2019 09 15b Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says a soft penalty decision resulted in Manchester United picking up all three points in their victory over Leicester. The Foxes boss was unhappy with Marcus Rashford’s decision to go down inside the box under a challenge from centre-back Caglar Soyuncu] Marcus is cute, he is bright and he is waiting for the contact. There’s a little bit of contact and he got the penalty. That happens. It sometimes happens when you come to the big arenas. It was a soft penalty - harsh, but I think it was

I think for young Caglar, he will learn to have that wee bit of patience when you have really clever players. We have young players who make mistakes. He has been fantastic stepping in with Harry (Maguire) going and I thought he was really dominant today and played well. But this is the nature of it. There are a lot of young players in this squad who make mistakes, so we will help them get over that and we will make sure their confidence is high for the next game

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers has acknowledged the appeal of Manchester United and Liverpool, with James Maddison the latest Leicester player to be linked with a big-money transfer] I don’t worry. It’s natural in the game, it’s going to happen. If you’re at one of the so-called top clubs, you’ll always look elsewhere for the best players, and when you’re a club like Leicester you’ll always be in danger of losing your top players. That’s football. All we can do is create an environment here for them to develop and improve and then if something happens in the future that’s out of your control, then that’s the way it works. I tend not to worry so much, I just focus on making them the best they can be and if they then move on, that’s how it works. But when they’re here, they give their best, give everything to the supporters and the club, and we’ll see where it takes us

[Rodgers added on the lure of potential moves to Anfield or Old Trafford] I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs. There are other great clubs that are trying to catch them up but those two, in my experience, are a level above. So whenever a player gets an opportunity to go to a club like that, to experience that type of pressure, that expectation - and of course there’ll be a financial side to it as well, let’s be real - that as a package in a short career is maybe something that is too hard to turn down. I understand it, I get it. What we’re building here is exciting in how we’re trying to progress and with the new training ground and everything else, however, for lots of players, that draw is still there and I understand it

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers concedes Man Utd target Maddison could be sold if Leicester’s price tag met] In a player’s career there will always be that temptation, but this is a club that doesn’t want to sell its best players. Of course, if there is a valuation met, which meets what the club perceive it to be worth, there will be a discussion. But it is not something we want to invite. James is a very talented player for us. He has lots of improvements to make as a young player. He, along with a lot of young players here, we want to keep. But of course, I am a realist as well and I understand how the market works. But it is not something we would be looking to entertain

[Rodgers believes his counterpart Maruicio Pochettino deserves credit for how he has taken Spurs up from where they were the last time] I would rather talk about the great job Mauricio Pochettino has done. It’s the first time I have come across him for a number of years, since I was at Liverpool, when he was in the early stage of his career there and look where he is now and what he has achieved. He’s a very talented coach. He has done a great job. It is a wonderful thing he has created. Look at how he has improved the players and the status he has given the club

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers revealed the psychology of VAR decisions in matches was something he discussed with his team during team meetings before the new campaign] We spoke with the players in pre-season about VAR. You have to deal with it, sometimes for you and against you. Have to accept it and move on. It was a very important three points. It’s what happens with VAR, you have to get your head round it. It works for you and against you. It worked both ways for us today

[Rodgers, meanwhile, reserved praise for James Maddison’s spectacular winner] James didn’t have his best game for him, but he is a top-level player. He is a top young player, with so much improvement to make. He always has an eye for goal

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers credits Harry Kane with being a talismanic player, but insists he would not swap the Tottenham star for Jamie Vardy] Harry Kane is a top, top player but I wouldn’t swap Jamie Vardy. I have worked closely with Jamie for some time now and there’s not many in world football you would swap him for. He’s just got this incredible knack in terms of pressing the game and reading the game, and tactically he is so good. He has that hunger and that appetite, desire and speed to get in behind and stretch the game and score. I like that kind of striker. At this level, in the most competitive league in the world, he is right up there with the elite strikers in the world and I am very fortunate to have him

[Rodgers was clear he believes Vardy ranks up there with any of the best strikers in the game] Harry likes to drop deep and get involved in the build-up play and linking things. I like a striker who can really penetrate in behind and who has that speed. It’s your preference, and also what you have to work with. Jamie’s record over his time here shows he’s right up there, that’s for sure. I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s up there alongside Harry. [They are] two different strikers with two different qualities but two players right at the very highest level in this league, both have phenomenal goalscoring records

Harry is very different to Jamie. I go back to a game about five years ago when I was the Liverpool manager and Harry was on bench for Tottenham then so the strides he has made over those years has been brilliant. The goals he has scored - he’s become a real talisman for Tottenham and for his country

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[Leicester vs Newcastle. Goals from Ricardo and James Maddison saw them bounce back with a deserved win over Tottenham eight days ago, leaving Brendan Rodgers delighted at the performance his team produced] It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bitterness on his part at how his reign at Liverpool ended] When I received a phone call from Mike Gordon [Fenway Sports Group president] on the way home from the Everton game, I understood where it was at. From their perspective, maybe I could have gone in the summer but they wanted to give me the chance. It was a tough start to that season and they felt it needed a change. Look, it worked out brilliantly for them. When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen Klopp. I am the type of person who is happy for the club and especially happy for players like Jordan [Henderson] and James Milner - players I worked with and had a strong relationship with. I was so happy for Jordan when he lifted the Champions League trophy because I know how much he has developed and worked for it.

I was never going to be bitter. That’s why I let Jurgen move into my house! I had a good relationship with Ray Haughan - the player liaison officer - and he told me Jurgen was struggling to find somewhere to live so I said, ‘Listen, I am moving to London for a bit and will not be there now, so Jurgen could move in’. I understand what it is like as a manager moving to a new place, wanting your family to be settled and happy. You want them in a good place. He took the house and has been there ever since. I wanted him to succeed and the club to succeed. He has great stature, a great presence, but he is very much with the players. You could see that at Dortmund. He brings that emotion into the team and they respond.

That kind of connection with your players is a big factor in modern management. Society has changed. Players are treated differently to how when you were growing up as a player. It is a key. You can be a great coach but if you do not have the connection with the players … you need to find that emotional hook so that players will go that extra mile for you and sustain it

[Rodgers believes the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona shortly after the Uruguayan carried Liverpool close to a title triumph contributed significantly to his downfall, with the Reds forced into finding a different way of playing] We went so close and ideally you want to build on that but then you lose a world-class player. We lost our identity. It went a bit pragmatic to get results and I was not watching a team playing in the way I believe in because we could not press high from the front. That was not the journey I wanted to be on. Safe is death, to me. But you know that third season is arguably one of my best coaching years in terms of experience. We made Raheem Sterling the central striker and went on a great run, so from a coaching perspective it was good to see we could show aggression and find a way

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he ‘doesn’t lose sleep’ over the Reds’ failure to land the Premier League title in 2014] You are going to get that, aren’t you? There are a lot of things said in hindsight, what we could and should have done. I have heard the other one about us being overconfident. When you look at it before that game I did and said nothing different. We had won 11 games on the spin going into that game, making a quick start and playing attacking football. That was what put us in that position, including beating Manchester City at Anfield. We could not have played any other way and I have no regrets about sticking to that. Of 14 games at the end of that season we won 12.

You know, when you watch it back we played well in the game for 70 minutes, Chelsea doing nothing. Then we lost a goal in very unfortunate circumstances before half-time. Even at the start of the second half we were doing okay. The only thing I would accept is maybe a more experienced team would have been calmer in the last 20 minutes chasing the equaliser. We only needed a draw and then obviously conceded another chasing it at the end. The story that went unnoticed was Jordan [Henderson] was unavailable for three of the last four games because of a last minute sending off against City. He was a huge miss for us that day. But as time goes on and you see the images and you realise how well we played that season so I don’t lose sleep about it

[It was suggested that such was Luis Suarez’s impact, Liverpool were something of a one-man team that campaign] It [the Suarez criticism] was unfair on every player. The strikers obviously get the goals and Luis was also the one who started the press for us, set our intensity level, but he needed players around him. Look, his quality and imagination in the final third was amazing but it was the team that flourished. We went so close [to the league title] and ideally you want to build on that but then you lose a world-class player. We lost our identity

It was a tough start to that season and they felt it needed a change. Look, it worked out brilliantly for them. When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen. I am the type of person who is happy for the club and especially happy for players like Jordan and James Milner - players I worked with and had a strong relationship with. I was so happy for Jordan when he lifted the Champions League trophy because I know how much he has developed and worked for it. I was never going to be bitter. That’s why I let Jurgen move into my house!

2019 10 04b Retrieve

[How Brendan Rodgers went from hero to zero at Liverpool] It was an incredible journey. Wherever I go, when I meet Liverpool fans, they want to talk about that season.

[He wasn’t helped by the club’s decision to allow Fox Soccer to screen a six-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series] It was something that I never really wanted to do and probably, in hindsight, it should never have been put onto a manager - especially a young manager

[In the end, he claims, he was left with two choices for a Suarez replacement - Mario Balotelli or a 33-year-old [Samuel Eto’o](samuel-eto-o.html). Rodgers had mocked the idea of signing Balotelli during Liverpool’s tour of America that summer, but a few weeks later the Italian was unveiled] It was a gamble

[A winter revival, brought about by a switch to a 3-4-3 formation with Sterling as its striker, briefly brought fresh hope. Liverpool went 13 games unbeaten in the league, but Rodgers knew he could not hold back the tide forever] We lost our identity. I was not watching a team playing in the way I believe in because we could not press high from the front.

[We know now that plans to replace Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp were already well advanced by the time the call came from Gordon after that draw at Everton. Klopp would arrive a few days after Rodgers’ sacking declaring that ‘nobody likes this team….not even the team’] I understood. From their perspective, maybe I could have gone in the summer but they wanted to give me the chance. It was a tough start to that season and they felt it needed a change. Look, it worked out brilliantly for them

[Now 46, and older and wiser, Rodgers says he holds no ill-feeling towards his former club] I was never going to be bitter. I wanted [Klopp] to succeed and the club to succeed. I was proud to work for Liverpool and I will always be thankful to them for giving me the opportunity. I am just so looking forward to going back

2019 10 05 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group were ‘still learning’ when he was in charge of the club and they didn’t realise the need to spend money on a defender and a goalkeeper] I thanked [the owners] for giving me the opportunity, they were still learning as well. They realised later on that if you do need a centre-half or a goalkeeper you have to pay the money to get him in

[Rodgers thinks the experience of winning Europe’s premier club competition will give Liverpool confidence in their pursuit of a first Premier League title] They’re going to have a great chance. Now they have the confidence of winning - that gives you an edge, once you become a winner. They have gone close a few times over the last few years in the League Cup, the Europa League but actually then having won the Champions League, that lets them know that they can be winners. That will give the players there great confidence

[Rodgers and Klopp will go head-to-head in the dugout at Anfield on Saturday, the former revealed he rented his Liverpool house to his successor and that the pair shared a hot beverage at the property] The girls looked around the house and we had a cup of tea and a talk about football. What we said is private but he is a good guy with perspective on life. He has been great for the Premier League. He was a top class manager who wasn’t in work so there was obviously going to be an interest there. He has come in and done great

2019 10 05b Retrieve

[Rodgers was left disappointed on his return to Liverpool after three years in the Anfield hot seat and he, too, thought the penalty was a soft one. Kevin Kilbane says Sadio Mane dived to win the stoppage-time penalty] To concede a 95th-minute penalty was difficult to take. thought we deserved a point. You come to the European champions and you have to be resilient and deal with pressure and show your own qualities. I felt we did that. I thought we could go on and win the game. We conceded a goal when we were in control. I thought it was a very soft penalty; not clear and obvious, that is for sure but when the referee gives it, it is hard for the VAR to go against it. But [I am] very proud of the team and the personality we showed. To come here and be that competitive, it shows we are very much on the right path

2019 10 05c Retrieve

[Salah was substituted before James Milner’s controversial late penalty sealed a 2-1 win for Liverpool, who maintained their 100 per cent record at the start of the Premier League season. The incident drew the ire of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who praised Choudhury’s development at the Foxes but made no attempt to hide his displeasure with the tackle] The emotion of the game, it might seem worse than it was. He is an honest boy, Hamza. He makes challenges, he’s aggressive, but I don’t think there was anything malicious

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Rodgers wants Leicester to start playing like a ‘big team’ as they eye top four] We’re trying to grow and develop a way of playing that is similar to a big team. Of course, we don’t have the resources that goes with it but we can still impose our way of working. The big thing is having personality and even though we lost the game [against Liverpool], to come and play with that personality and to run the team so close is so good for us in our progress

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[Former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says James Milner swapped Manchester City for Liverpool because he wanted to win the Champions League] It’s really, really interesting because he wanted to come to Liverpool. He had won the Premier League, he had won cups. His whole ambition was to win the Champions League and he felt that he would have a better opportunity to win it at Liverpool. When we got the call to say he was going to come, I was so happy. His professionalism, his intensity, his focus. It was always going to help the squad. Even though it was only a short time we worked together, he was always going to be a really good signing. He was brilliant. Then you see what he has done. He has played at left-back, he has played in midfield. He is just a top-class professional and he has done absolutely brilliant for the club

You always try to keep in contact. You move on but you become friends. I always try to do my best for the players - the likes of him (Milner), Jordan Henderson. When they lifted the European Cup last year, to see their joy and their happiness, it was absolutely brilliant. They are good guys and you are playing here under big pressure. They are absolutely key for the whole spirit of Liverpool. They bring that intensity and focus and they are good guys

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[What charity work does Brendan Rodgers do?] This has been one of the most stressed physical and mental experiences of my entire life. But it has been a wonderful team effort to get to the summit. Ninety per cent of the group reached the summit, an amazing achievement when you consider that only 45% of people who attempt it actually do it. I’m overwhelmed that I’ve done the double this season and this is dedicated to my mum, dad and all my family, friends and Swans fans that have supported me

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers has defended Leicester midfielder James Maddison from criticism after the he was pictured in a casino during England’s Euro 2020 qualifying loss to Czech Republic last week] The kid went away with the international team, he took ill. It was decided it was best for him to leave the camp. Probably he’ll make better decisions in his life, but he went to a casino on his own to watch the second half by a poker table. His eyes have been opened to the wider world now. He knows in hindsight that he has made a mistake

[Rodgers feels Maddison has been treated unfairly since the incident] I’ve seen various stories about his arrogance, around his mentality, they’re totally false. He’s desperate to play for England, but doesn’t feel entitled. It’s really unfair, he’s a really good boy, he’s passionate, practises every day, and his dream is to represent England. He knows by playing well for Leicester that’s going to give him a great opportunity. Until that happens, he’s going to fight

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers praised the ruthless nature of his Leicester team’s performance as they emphatically recorded a 9-0 away win at Southampton on Friday night] I was very pleased with our work rate. We scored some great goals and were very hungry tonight. I’m very pleased with how we defended and how ruthless we were. I’m very proud to stand and be the manager of that team. We wanted to get the ball back quickly and attack again. A mark of good sides is you don’t let up and we certainly did that in the second half. We were ruthlessly simple in our game. When you’re so many goals up, you can easily slow and lose focus. To be a top team you must be clinical

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers remains unfazed by the transfer talk surrounding the likes of James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, with links to Manchester United and Chelsea of no concern to the Foxes at present] Teams are in a much stronger position to where they were years ago. It was a gimme that players would leave. But remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Xherdan Shaqiri left Inter Milan for Stoke City. The power and prestige of the Premier League, plus the financial clout the teams have means you’ll always lose players, but you also have a greater chance to hang onto them. It all depends on what it is for. For players it will be about game time and money, you have to respect that, their career is so short. There are greater opportunities for a place to stay, develop and improve, and see where they can go later

The reality is we will never be able to pay what some of these guys can get at those clubs. You can leave here and double or treble your wages. That’s the reality and it is important for players and people. If you cannot pay that, there is an opportunity for players to move on. It’s a great club here for them to come in and learn. It depends on what the player wants though. Look at Jamie Vardy, he was here and he had opportunities to leave but he decided no, he wanted to be here, to stay and continue the legendary status he has. Harry Maguire came in, did well for a couple of years, and decided he wanted to move to Manchester United, it’s different

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says James Maddison is a bit like Philippe Coutinho] James is a bit like Philippe Coutinho, they’re players who are recognised for their talent. But then to maximise that talent, in order for them to participate in the game at the highest level, they also have to be able to contribute to a press. Of course, James has his strengths, so you let him flourish with those strengths. But then we helped him with the tactical discipline. And he’s becoming very, very good at it

[Rodgers is, however, happy with the role he holds at present, with a job at the King Power Stadium proving to be big enough for him] Leaving Celtic was always going to be difficult for me because of my passion for the club, so I knew to leave there I had to come into something that was going to allow real growth. When I had the chance to come here, for some it might have been a strange choice: ‘Why would you leave a huge club like Celtic to come to Leicester City?’ But, for me, there was so much potential here and that starts with the players, and then with the club in general

[Rodgers added on his hopes for the Foxes] My ambition is always for the clubs that I go into to be the very best that they can be, for the players to be the very best. Of course you want to be the best. People talk about trophies and everything else, that’s great and it’s brilliant to be able to do that. But there are some coaches and managers who aren’t lucky enough to work with teams that give them the chance to do that. But that shouldn’t take away the level of coach that they are. So, for me, what’s the perception? I can’t really worry about that

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Ahead of Leicester City’s meeting with Arsenal this weekend, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side is capable of gatecrashing the Premier League’s top six] It’s sometimes been the trend that if something happens that wakes them [the big six] up, then they have that facility to go and spend and get a level of player that can get them back up there. So you have to fight. You can’t accept what is the top six, in terms of finance, and that you are always going to sit below it. We have to hopefully find a way and drop a hand grenade in there, and see where it takes us. For us, we have to do it in a different way because we don’t have the resources to get players that will go to some of these other clubs. We have to find a way, but that’s the beauty, the excitement, the challenge, and the project I was excited about in coming here, to see if we can break that mould, and not just create something, but sustain it, and that’s what we are looking to do

[Now Rodgers believes he’s at a club which is able to challenge the established order of the Premier League]

There is a fantastic infrastructure here. You have the ownership, which is absolutely brilliant. It’s very simple, very straightforward, they have ambitions, but they are realistic in where they are at. So they give us a great foundation to build from. We’ve got a new training facility coming next summer, which will be amazing, and will allow us to develop more players of our own, and then hopefully encourage players to come as well, which is important. You’ve a great fan base, with the potential, of plans going forward, to extend the stadium. Obviously, the clubs we talk about have big histories in the game, but for us it’s about creating a new history, and that’s the challenge for us, but one we are all excited about

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on James Maddison] James is a bit like Philippe Coutinho - they’re players who are recognised for their talent. But then to maximise that talent, in order for them to participate in the game at the highest level, they also have to be able to contribute to a press. Of course, James has his strengths, so you let him flourish with those strengths. But then we helped him with the tactical discipline. And he’s becoming very, very good at it

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Leicester will not be selling any of their key players in the January transfer window] We want to grow, and there’s a lot of development left in this squad. We’ve absolutely no plans to lose anyone in January. Our job is to keep what we have and if there’s an opportunity to improve the squad we will look to do that. If not, we will carry on with the squad we have, which is very strong

[Further upfield, 22-year-old James Maddison’s excellent performances have seen him earn his first senior England cap, as he came on against Montenegro during the international break] If you look at his numbers this season, in terms of the goals he has scored and created, he has shown he is a big-game player. He has scored goals against Liverpool, against Tottenham, against Arsenal. James is among a lot of very good players with England and it’s just about preference, whether Gareth [Southgate] and his staff want to pick him. You can see he is at the level. If not, he will continue to work. He doesn’t expect to play, he’s not entitled, but he loves playing and will hopefully get many more caps for his country

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers has sought to fend off speculation suggesting that he could be in the frame to succeed Unai Emery at Arsenal] There’s disappointment whenever a coach loses his job. Unai has proved himself over a number of years. I have sympathy for him. It’s natural that there are links. If you are doing okay people want to take you away from something you enjoy. If you’re not it doesn’t matter.

There’s always a number of names. We’re at the beginning of something here. My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting. Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. If the people at Arsenal have moved Unai on, I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers happy at Leicester amid Arsenal links] Listen, there are probably clauses in most managers’ contracts. It’s all hypothetical - you guys in the media need to write things. We got a brilliant win. We came back very well. I made a change eight, nine months ago. I feel so happy. We still have a lot of work to do. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some brilliant clubs and great institutions. The ambition was to help the club to arrive in the top six

My main focus is very much with Leicester. They have been first class with me. I have loved every minute since I came here. We have more work to do and I am excited about that. So my concentration at the moment is very much with Leicester

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Quizzed again on the Arsenal talk ahead of a meeting with Watford on Wednesday] What I will say is that I have a contract here until 2022, the club haven’t indicated to me that they’re going to sack me. I’m very happy and I don’t need to look elsewhere. Why would I want to leave Leicester City at this moment in time? I’m working with a group of talented players. I spoke about contract but I was directly responding to a question. There will always be speculation around jobs. I repeat: I’m happy here. I want to continue with that. Take from that what you want

It’s all about happiness. Knowing the potential we have here to grow here. That gives me happiness. Why would I want to give that up?

[He has also made every effort to avoid throwing his hat into the ring for the Arsenal job] It’s natural that there are links. If you are doing okay people want to take you away from something you enjoy. If you’re not it doesn’t matter. There’s always a number of names. We’re at the beginning of something here. My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting. Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. If the people at Arsenal have moved Unai on, I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[When Brendan Rodgers joined Leicester City in February pundits were concerned that Jamie Vardy wouldn’t fit in with the new manager’s possession-centric philosophy] Now it is a lot more synchronised and he is doing short bursts of pressing […] When he presses, he doesn’t have to worry about pressing on his own

How we have tried to work in training is to bring the ball closer to him in order to serve him better

2019 12 04b Retrieve

[Ben Chilwell injury explained as Leicester City prepare to face Aston Villa] Hopefully he’ll be ok for the weekend. He had a slight problem at the top of his leg, his hip area. We’ll see how he goes over the next couple of days, but hopefully he’ll be ok

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Arsenal-linked Brendan Rodgers signs Leicester extension until 2025] When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey. I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the club build for the future. The support I have had from the chairman, Khun Top; from the chief executive, Susan Whelan; from the director of football, Jon Rudkin; and from everyone at the club has been amazing. I’ve inherited an outstanding team of staff that are dedicated to progress and improvement and we have a group of players that are a joy to work with every day. And to the club’s supporters, I can only say thank you for welcoming me and my staff into your club and for putting your faith in our work. We’ll continue to work together to bring success to Leicester City for many years to come

2019 12 06b Retrieve

[Through adversity to the stars: New Leicester deal proves Rodgers’ stock has never been higher] I use a quote with the players. Per aspera ad astra’, which is Latin for ‘Through adversity to the stars’

I hope when I finish my career I’ll be respected as a coach […] I knew after being at Liverpool that I could manage any club in the world. We created history.

I think since 2015 I deal with [pressure] much better. It was an incredible journey

I sometimes think that when there is a British manager who has ambition, maybe there is something that is not liked

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy is one of the best strikers in Europe] The huge credit is to him. He’s an incredible talent who has all the attributes that big teams look for in their profile of a striker - fast and hard working. Through all my days, that’s the profile of player I like, too. Coming into here, I knew he was one of best in Europe, and it was a case of giving him the confidence to show that. Sometimes players can get into their early 30s and be written off. But in seeing his energy and speed, it was a case of him fitting into how we wanted to work, which I felt would be fairly easy. And he wants to work, to run in behind, to press, so with how I like teams to play, he was a natural

[Vardy also has two assists to his name - highlighting a selflessness Rodgers believes goes under the radar] That’s what makes him a joy to work with. He wants to score goals, but he also wants to create goals. He is a very selfless player. The work he puts in for the team, in his pressing but also his assist-making, his thought isn’t like some strikers who are purely there to score the goals and think of themselves. That can be a good trait, but Jamie is very much a team player. Everything he does is in the best interests of the team, and when you have someone like that at his level, it’s great to have that quality and mindset in the team

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Vardy matches former Man Utd striker Van Nistelrooy’s goalscoring exploits] He’s such an honest player that if you ask him to press the back four, he will do it, but we don’t want him to run more than anyone else but when he does, we want it to be at speed. I’ve always felt that when teams have been against him that he’s a real threat up front because he’s aggressive with his press and then when you have the ball, the one thing you’re frightened of as a defender is pace and this guy is as quick as I’ve seen over 10 yards that I’ve worked with. He has that explosive speed. He’s so clever, he recognises danger. He waits in the central area and then when it’s on, he can go and press it. He doesn’t have to worry about pressing the whole back four, he’s conserving his energy, because the other players have to conserve their energy as well

He gives any team great confidence. When you have a striker with that ability, you know he doesn’t need many chances. Any of the best sides have it, that striker that can score, and he’s got guys behind him who can serve him

2019 12 08b Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his players after the record-breaking display] I thought they were amazing, it is a historical day for the club and the performance warranted that. It really does mean something special, it puts the team in the history books of Leicester City. We had to work for it, it was a tough game and we played with a lot of quality and hunger. A brilliant win. We were very good, we played a diamond for a period of the game and it worked well for us. With a better final pass we could have had one or two more goals. Villa got some encouragement just before half-time but we had to stay calm and keep doing what we were doing. We scored all types of goals today and kept going to the end and tried to keep scoring goals.

2019 12 08c Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers is happy that his Leicester side are not being talked up as Premier League title challengers this season] I don’t think anybody expects us to be anywhere near the top. After Manchester United won at Manchester City, a caption came up after the game about how far Manchester City are away from Liverpool. We respect that and we just get on with our job, get on with trying to play and improve our performance levels. It’s just natural - Manchester City and Liverpool are both incredible teams in the league and have shown last year how good they were. For us, we know that we are constantly trying to improve and look to close the gap. But I thought today we looked like a top team

Jamie is such a top-level player. He is always ready when the chances come; you don’t think there’s any doubt he is going to score. He is very hard to play against because he is such a threat. His first goal - his movement, [it was] a great pass by [Iheanacho] who plays him in. The second was what you would say is a ‘Jamie Vardy goal

If you are talking about being deserving [of an England call-up], he would be in it a long time ago. It’s his choice. I think he is enjoying his work at Leicester, he is enjoying his international break where he is able to rest. He is one who also knows that probably Harry Kane will play. He is the captain, he is going to play. He may as well enjoy his break while he can get it

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Rodgers has moved to quash any rumours, insisting Leicester have no intention to sell in January] There will be no one leaving in January. Categorically. I’m sure if we speak [to the hierarchy], they will have the same message. I speak regularly with Jon [Rudkin, director of football] and Top [Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman]. It’s very clear we want to keep this squad together. We want to ensure they stay around beyond January

[Rodgers, though, does not believe the speculation over Maddison’s future will impact the 23-year-old] It’s the nature of the game. When you’re doing well, there will always be speculation around you and James and one or two of the boys, they understand that.

He’s been brilliant. He’s started the season very well, he’s been very efficient and very productive. And he’s getting better. He’s a bright young player and he’s got a bright future

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Rodgers, meanwhile, has now progressed in 29 successive cup matches across spells with Liverpool, Celtic and the Foxes, but he praised his counterpart for his impact since Marco Silva’s dismissal] I think what you’ve seen in these last few games is that [Ferguson] has given the crowd and the team real spirit. He was great on the touchline. When I saw him from the outside, he’s a true Evertonian, but he’s also a very good coach

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Leicester’s forthcoming fixture against Manchester City will really test how likely they are to win this year’s Premier League title] They [City] play at a fantastic level, it’s a great opportunity for us to show our level. At the beginning of the season nobody really expected us to be in the position that we’re in. The players have been absolutely first class throughout the season… we have a belief in our work and how we work. People will look at it at this stage of the season and try and say that Liverpool have maybe won the title and Manchester City won’t, or will Leicester do it again? (But) there is still so much football to play

2019 12 20b Retrieve

[Rodgers hopes Saturday’s game can serve as a showcase for how strong his side have become, particularly stars such as James Maddison] It is the game where the big players and the big personalities can perform and thankfully James has done that throughout the season. He has got eight goals in 20 games, which for a young midfield player is absolutely brilliant. He has that personality and belief that in the big games he can perform. We respect we are playing against a really top-class team that have been the champions the last couple of seasons and play to a fantastic level. It is a great opportunity for us to show we are improving and for our players to demonstrate their qualities in such a big game. We are mindful of their quality, but I would say it is a great opportunity for us to show our qualities and the talent we have in our team

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Rodgers concerned over the ‘welfare’ of Leicester stars as ‘nonsense’ fixture list piles up] There is no chance. You cannot risk the fitness of a player. You play on the 26th, you’re going to play a high-intensity game here against Liverpool, fighting for the result. In football, it’s the second day where the players suffer. You get that first day of recovery but it’s the second day where it’s really tough for a player. If we go along that route then the second day, instead of recovering, we’re kicking off at 17:30 [local time] at West Ham. It’s just nonsense, really

Some [clubs] will be a bit more fortunate with recovery than others. It helps when you have a big deep squad. You want to get through it without the risk of injury and looking to perform at the highest level you can

The game is about money now, you can’t say it’s about the welfare of players

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Although Leicester are still in second spot, a point ahead of Man City, Rodgers accepted his side were outplayed at the Etihad as they slipped to a first defeat in the league since October] They are an exceptional team. I am a big admirer of Pep Guardiola for many years, a follower of his and that Barcelona methodology. The work he has done here is incredible

2019 12 27 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers believes it will be very, very hard to stop Liverpool winning the Premier League] They’re going to be very, very hard to stop, there’s no doubt. Fantastic team, confidence is high as well. They’ve become winners now and haven’t lost many games over an 18-month period, so to lose the games they would need to in the second part of the season […] they’ve got enough players now, enough experience and enough quality to stay focused and get the job done. There’s still a lot to play for but in our last couple of games we’ve come up against the best two teams in the league

When I see him, he plays full-back as a midfield player. His range of passes is phenomenal for a young player. Of course he was a midfield player at Liverpool as a youngster. His quality, his range of pass and experiences that he’s gained in these past few years. For Jurgen Klopp he’s been absolutely amazing. You see him with his goal, as soon as the switch came, he was up there supporting, his intent to get up and his strike from outside the box was absolutely brilliant. We’ve got one here at Leicester who’s amazing as well, Ricardo Pereira, he’s been outstanding for me this season and since I came in but Trent’s up there and very much England’s number one right-back and playing consistently at a very high level

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers discusses nine changes to Leicester City XI for West Ham game] Obviously a few have been enforced. Jamie Vardy’s wife has her child today, so Jamie is with her, so congratulations to both of them. Ricardo felt his hamstring so it was too big a risk. Also, with the turnaround of less than 48 hours, we can’t afford to risk injury of players, especially when I’ve got players I really trust that are a very important part of the squad. For us, we need to play our maximum and on the limit, the ability to run, be aggressive and hopefully we can do that

It’s very much about the squad at this part of the season. I trust they squad, they are all fresh and looking forward to it.

2020 01 01 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers claims Leicester focused on developing youngsters, not title race] It’s not our concern to catch Liverpool, we get asked all the time but we are about developing the squad and the team. They are young players still learning, James has shown he is a top talent consistently, a magical player, and Hamza can get better at that part of his game. We played very well. We wanted to attack with and without the ball and we were very good in both aspects. Our pressing got us the first two goals. They obviously lost a man [to injury] early in the second half and I was pleased with how we controlled the game. It’s difficult to play with a man less but we had chances to score more and then eventually Hamza gets his first goal for the club. A really good performance

The club will look at any players who can make us better but January is a difficult window. You can see the talented squad we have here

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers rules out winter sales with James Maddison linked to Man Utd] Nobody will leave here that we don’t want to go. I think we’ve had a couple of enquiries in terms of loans and for some of our younger players. But the players that are always talked about and mentioned, there will be nobody going

We know if we’re going to be playing European football next season then we’re going to need the depth but January is a very difficult month. I think we’ll see if we can improve the squad and if we don’t then we’ll have to wait until the summer but as I’ve said before we’re in a really good place and we don’t want to stockpile. They have to be players that are going to improve the squad

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the possibility of selling James Maddison in January] There’s no pressure to sell and no need to sell. James is a very talented player and he will be here in January and beyond. He’s a player we’re keen to remain here and help us on this journey over the next years. James and his representatives are speaking with the club and these things take time

We want to add to the squad if we can. It all comes down to availability. We’ve got a really strong squad and lots of them are young players evolving. We want to but if we can’t we’ll continue with the squad we’ve got and look to reinforce in the summer

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Leicester City boss Rodgers reveals Ndidi’s return date] He’s back out on the pitches now which is great news for us. The importance of him is huge for this team. He’s recovering very well. He’s worked with medics. He’s been out on the field the last few days so we’ll see how he is. I think it will be too soon for him to be back for Wednesday’s game [against West Ham] but certainly by the weekend and I would say for Aston Villa, hopefully, he will be available

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has said the Foxes won’t send Hamza Choudhury out on loan this month] No [on Choudhury going on loan]. We don’t want to weaken our squad, which is important for us in this window, so we will be keeping the players we want to keep here. If we can strengthen and add one or two then great. If not, then every player that is here is going to be very important from now until the end of the season

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Speaking after Leicester’s 1-0 FA Cup foruth-round win at Brentford. Rodgers open to Benkovic loan] We’re hopeful that will be sooner rather than later, over the next few days if we can bring in a centre half then that will give him a chance to get out. He definitely needs the games and we’re hoping that will take place

2020 02 12 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers defends James Maddison over Dubai nightclub ‘stitch up’] It’s unfortunate. We’re supposedly in this world where everyone ‘cares’. Rubbish - the first thing they do is try to stitch you up. It’s contradictory, it’s unbelievable. So there’s something framed around him which, OK, he’ll have to live with but that’s someone else’s narrative. This is a 23-year-old boy who is single, he’s been given a week free. We try to educate them in many ways, but this is something I’m not too bothered about

There’s two different mindsets, a social mindset, and a professional mindset. The top ones, professionally, have the mentality to do it every single day and look after themselves and then produce. Availability, staying fit, looking after yourself over numbers of years, that’s the difference

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Odsonne Edouard: Celtic’s unstoppable force could soon be starring in the Premier League] In Odsonne Edouard, we have signed one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe. Celtic will be a place where he can flourish

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester were denied ‘clear penalty’ in Man City defeat] [Praet] has gone to block it and it’s a penalty - we accept that. But you hope you get them for you as well. But we’re disappointed we didn’t get a penalty - it’s so clear. I felt it was the reason VAR was brought in. The ball was going towards the goal, the corner, and Kevin De Bruyne stops it. He’s lifted his arms up. If you look at the reaction of the other players in the wall, their hands were down. It’s handball

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Leicester City contract talks for Christian Fuchs as Brendan Rodgers seeks to delay New York move] You see his fitness level for his age, how he can come in and show up at that level. He’s a brilliant professional and I’ve loved having him about and working with him.

It’s a conversation we will have [on a new contract]. He knows he won’t play as much but he knows my trust in him. He knows the game, he’s very good tactically in the game and he can play in a couple of positions so he offers us great cover

[If Fuchs signs a one-year extension, he will be booking himself in for a sixth season at City] I think he’s really enjoyed his football this year. He’s trained so well. He’s always been clear on his role. Christian is the type that that clarity really helps him, he knows where he’s at, and when I need him he’s always ready. I thought he was very good on Saturday and we’ll see how [contract talks] go over the coming months

2020 02 27 Retrieve

[Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers compares Vardy to Firmino amid goal drought] I have no doubt he’ll get the goals and it’s a matter of time before he gets back to scoring again. Sometimes you get a run like it. You don’t force it, you don’t put pressure on, he knows that’s his job. If you’re needing 65 goals to get where you want to be, then it’s no good having a striker with 40 when the others can’t contribute - it’s a team responsibility.

Look at Roberto Firmino at Liverpool - he’s scored 10, but look at his influence and what he gives and allows the other players [to do]. With Jamie, when he’s not scoring he’s creating space for others. It’s the responsibility of everyone - full-backs, centre-halves, midfielders, front players, and the guys coming off the bench, too, to contribute

[Alongside Vardy, two other veterans in the Leicester squad in Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan are approaching the latter part of their respective careers] Both players have been immense for me. It’s not just on the pitch, it’s their qualities off the pitch that are very important. It’s so important to have senior players to drive the standard and both of those guys have been first-class for that. Negotiations with them are ongoing and we’ll see where it takes us

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers saw the midweek FA Cup win over Birmingham as a springboard] It was important to get back to our game. These players have been absolutely incredible through the course of this season - and their honesty will get them back to their level

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Leciester City star James Maddison’s struggling form doesn’t concern Rodgers] I think he’s still one of the most creative players for us. He’s played at a really high level for most of this season. He’s been 8 or 9 out of 10 virtually every game. If he’s dipped below that, it’s what happens sometimes. I’m not worried about him, he’s still a fantastic player for us. He’s assisted goals and he’s scored himself

Hopefully by the end of the season, that will be the case. Each year you want to improve. There’s no doubt that’s what our aim would be. We’re working virtually with a similar squad, by the end of the season, for near on 18 months, so you need to refresh it, you need to keep looking to raise the bar. That sort of plan is under way. I think the key now is to finish the job and give everything to get to where we want to at the end of the season, and then we can look at that

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers confirmed that three of his players have shown signs of contracting the disease] We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus). We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad. Of course, from a football perspective, it would be a shame, but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Three Leicester City players have followed the same protocols] We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs [of coronavirus]. We’ve followed procedures and [as a precaution] they have been kept away from the squad

2020 03 13b Retrieve

[Rodgers confirms Leicester players showing signs of coronavirus but Watford game goes ahead] We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus). We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad.

[Rodgers is among those hoping that turnstiles can remain open in England, but admits that Leicester and their domestic rivals must listen and adhere to the advice of relevant authorities] Of course, from a football perspective, it would be a shame, but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this. Working in football, it’s about having that agility to move with what’s happening in football. We’re guided by football and federations. We have to press on with our work and prepare as normal. The game is all about the players and the fans. If you have one of those not there, it’s obviously not the same

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling’s blockbuster move from Liverpool to Manchester City was never about money] For Raheem, it was never about money. If it was about money, he could have stayed at Liverpool. It was about being the best he can be. In that moment in time, there was an opportunity to go to where they had top-class players. He’s gone in there and developed and become a winner, which is clear to see now in his game. I look at Pep’s team and it’s not the same if he’s not in it. What a testament that is to a young English player. What I loved about Raheem was that, for a young boy, he knew what he wanted to be

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Mythbuster: Suarez carried Rodgers & Liverpool’s 2014 title challenge] Look, his quality and imagination in the final third was amazing but it was the team that flourished. We were able to talk him around into staying, and told him that the team would be built around him and his qualities

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Rodgers had, upon his appointment in 2012, pushed back against the idea of working under a director of football] I always think the manager is the technical director. I believe that you should take on that responsibility when you are the manager

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[What has happened to Daniel Sturridge?] Daniel has a wonderful opportunity over the next few years to become world class. He has every tool and every quality he needs to be as [good] as Luis Suarez. If he stays clear of injury and stays on the field he can achieve that

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy is among the finest centre forwards in the world] Before I came in, I was watching him from afar and seeing him maintain that real quality that he has as a goalscorer and I was really looking forward to working with him when I arrived. I was seeing the quality in the games, but it was going to be interesting to see how he was on a day-to-day basis. But he is right up there with the elite strikers in world football, how he threatens the line and his explosive speed over a short distance is absolutely phenomenal. He is very focused, he is in his early 30s now but he’s still as quick as ever. He has an appetite for the game and he’s got that old school mentality where he wants to fight, he wants to run and his whole attitude to the game has been absolutely brilliant since I came in. He’s a natural goalscorer, if you get the service to him, he will finish

He’s got a self-belief, but I have to say, he is a wonderful boy. He’s got the personality of a big player, he has that belief. I was interested to be able to work with James, I’d seen him from afar as a young player and I’d seen his move from Norwich to Leicester so I was keen to see how he would work close up. But this is a boy who loves football. He thinks about the game, he watches the game, he just loves it and he wants to be better. He’s been a joy to work with and it’s a joy to see him constantly improving, but there’s no doubt his personality is a big part of what he is. He’s a super professional, how he prepares himself every single day and what’s important as well, with players like that, is you don’t want to kill their joy and their spirit. They have to toe the line in terms of the team but you don’t want to take away that individuality, that personality and that quality because that’s what makes up a fantastic team

We’re in the position on merit. I think the players have done fantastically well this season to get into that position and our wish is that we can hopefully have the chance to finish it off, everything being well and the safety being paramount for everyone. We’ve been on a great journey as a team over the last year and our ambition was to earn a European place, which we knew was always going to be a big challenge. Someone showed us a few weeks ago that over the period of the last decade or so, the 35 of the 36 Champions League positions [from the Premier League] have been out of the big six and the one team that wasn’t from that group was Leicester a few years ago. If we could join that by the end of the season, it would be an incredible achievement so we would hopefully want to finish the job

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits Philippe Coutinho is way out of our price bracket] I’ve seen lots of speculation around young Phil, I don’t think … Philippe’s a wonderful player, a brilliant talent, but he would be someone who is way out of our price bracket. In terms of transfers, it’s something that we’re tentatively looking at. The market I feel is going to be very difficult this year, this coming summer. It’s one where we have discussions but there’s certainly nothing concrete at this stage

[The Reds were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League] They’ve clearly been consistently the best team. The level that they’ve been playing at, the quality - they’ve just been absolutely fantastic. So it would be an absolute shame if they don’t get the chance to lift the title. They’ve been waiting so, so long - they’re deserving of it. But Jurgen [Klopp] will be like everyone, hoping that we can get back playing but obviously in a safe environment

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[In January, Amartey was linked to clubs including Fulham, Sheffield United and Newcastle United in search of regular playing time] It’s not hard to keep the squad happy, but I have empathy for the guys [not playing games] because we’re only at the level we’re because of the players that aren’t playing. We’ve got guys like Wes Morgan, Marc Albrighton, Christian Fuchs, Demarai Gray, Dennis Praet, all these guys aren’t starting games. There’s Papy Mendy, who played a lot of games last season, and Daniel Amartey, those two aren’t even in the squad. There’s Hamza Choudhury. Their mentality and focus allow us to be the best that we can. It’s my job to manage that, I speak a lot with the players, they understand where it’s at, they’re clear on where they stand within the squad. I recognize how difficult it is, but they never show it. They turn up every day to train, to be the best they can be

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says he has made a full recovery after contracting coronavirus] Me and my wife had it just after [the season] broke up. A week later I really started to struggle, I had no smell and no taste. I had no strength, and I really struggled, and my wife was the same as well. I got tested and we both had it. I could hardly walk. It reminded me of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless. Walking 10 yards felt very different. I went for a run and I just couldn’t do it. I felt really weak, had no real appetite, and had a weird sensation for three weeks of having no taste

It was good to have that contact again and to be near them. The last couple of days we have split into groups of 12, which is not normal, but how they have adapted has been really nice. The rhythm of it [training] has changed but I’m really pleased with them physically and it’s like they have never been away. There hasn’t been anyone that has given us any inclination that they do not want to play. I feel safe and we are very lucky in football that we are being tested twice a week. One of the key things about keeping this virus away is being in the open air and that is where we are all day, so we are very fortunate. When we go to stadiums we won’t be in the same changing room. We will be in four or five different areas so that is an example of adaptation.

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Coutinho’s former manager Brendan Rodgers said today he believes the ex-Liverpool man will shine if he returns to the Premier League] Most people probably look at him and think he’s not for the Premier League but what a talent. He intimidates people when he has the ball with his quality. It’s sad to see, I hear people talk him down at the moment. This boy is top and if he comes to this league, he’ll show that. He’s world class

2020 06 01b Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers reveals Chelsea tried to sign Coutinho when he was 14 years old] When I was looking at the team in the first six months, there was certain ingredients we were missing. Philippe was one I knew from my Chelsea days, because we tried to get him to Chelsea when he was 14 but he had already committed to Inter Milan. We talked about him during the summer and kept tabs on him then all of a sudden he became available and at 19 I thought: ‘Wow, right, let’s get this boy in’

Most people probably look at him and think he’s not for the Premier League but what a talent. He intimidates people when he has the ball with his quality. It’s sad to see, I hear people talk him down at the moment. This boy is top and if he comes to this league, he’ll show that. He’s world class.

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Chelsea’s interest in £80m Chilwell does not trouble ‘relaxed’ Leicester boss Rodgers] I’m sure you can imagine the answer, there’s no need to comment on it now. He’s come back, Ben, he looks absolutely fantastic. He’s been able to go away, reflect on his game, everything he’s done, he’s been exceptional. We’re pretty relaxed on it, it’s a sequence the club is used to now, over these last number of years, but when you have a talented group of players, they’re always going to make the headlines. I’m pretty relaxed, he’s a fantastic boy to work with, outstanding young player, very driven to help us achieve what we want to this year

[Rodgers was also asked about Vardy, who needs just one more goal to chalk up 100 in the Premier League. The 33-year-old’s rags-to-riches story has been well documented and Vardy did not make his Football League debut until the age of 25. Having risen through the pyramid to join Leicester from Fleetwood Town in 2012, the striker has become a Premier League winner and earned 26 England caps since moving to the Foxes] His story is absolutely phenomenal. Into professional football at 25, I read somewhere his first competitive game at the top level was only a few years ago, at 27. It’s absolutely remarkable and it shows you the talent the guy has and the spirit and drive the guy has. No doubt he’ll get to that, pretty much sure he’ll go well beyond it. It’s a phenomenal story Jamie , but he’ll go beyond it. He’s super fit, super fast, I think he’ll enjoy every minute, he’ll get back to the level he was very quickly

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Ben Chilwell and James Maddison continue to generate talk of interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says the speculation will not be causing him sleepless nights] The club have got good experience of situations where bigger the so-called bigger clubs come in. We’re always aware that while there are good players, that will always be of interest to other teams that have more money than us. We don’t lose sleep worrying about it. We’re here to develop players and improve the standard of the team. Of course, if we’re doing that then that will be taken note of by other clubs. We just have to continue with our work and always try to have a pipeline in place where if you lose one, you can have the next one in. We’re certainly not actively looking to move anyone on that’s for sure. We want to keep everyone together but we’ll see what happens in the summer

[Asked what Leicester need to do to break into the elite level] We’re looking to get ourselves into that bracket on a consistent basis and the only way we can do that is by performing well and developing year on year. Leicester is a wonderful club in its own right and we are trying to challenge that hierarchy. Players may be attracted to that level of club, such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United or going abroad, but we can’t worry ourselves about that. We’ll keep fighting to keep players here and if they’re not going to be here then the club will get the best price available

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Breaking FA Cup duck is inspiration for Leicester City] In our time together we wanted to create history of our own and throughout this season we have broken records and had performances that have enabled us to do that. The club has not won the competition. There is a real motivating factor for us to do it for ownership, the players and supporters. We’ve shown our intent in the cup competitions, getting to the semi-final of the League Cup and now the quarter-final of the FA Cup. We now want to get to the final. That has been the aim since the outset. We were really disappointed with the Aston Villa semi-final and created a number of chances, so that is something that we’ll use as a positive going forward. In order to succeed you need to feel that you’re never going to have it all your own way. You’ve got to lose games like that, semi-finals. There is a great motivation there not to have that feeling again

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Caglar Soyuncu saw a header deflect over, Leicester’s best chance, but the Foxes must wait another year for a chance to win a first FA Cup] That was much more like us, in terms of tempo and speed and pressing. We know we can score goals but in these first three games we just haven’t been as clinical. It’s disappointing to go out but there are positives. I feel for the players because I think they deserved more than that. The players have maintained that belief in themselves and we just couldn’t make the breakthrough. It was much more like us and we looked a real threat. That final pass or effort wasn’t falling for us. We need to show more conviction, but we have shown all season we can score. It’s a performance which will give us more confidence going forward

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers unfazed amid spike in cases in city] Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far throughout this situation. I have always said we will react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period. I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also. It is a very safe environment for the games to be in. We will just keep working until we are told otherwise.

[Asked whether his side would be at a disadvantage should their home games be moved away from the King Power Stadium] It is something I am not really thinking of. It is all hypothetical at the moment. We will just continue with our work

This is a team that’s a work in progress. This is the first little blip we’ve had for probably 14 months or so, which I can understand. It’s about a process, it always has. How the players have developed I’ve been really pleased with. We would love to win a trophy and our aim this season was European football. Unfortunately, we’ll have to put the cups on hold for another season but we have given everything we can in them so that will be a learning experience for us. With seven games to go, we’re still in a fantastic position to achieve what we set out to achieve. The break has disrupted us a little bit. But I’ve got great confidence in the squad. There’s a lot of young players who have this expectancy now having done so well that we have to live with. But that’s okay because it means they are doing something right.

[Rodgers hints at prioritising attacking transfer targets] It is certainly one of the areas we have been looking at. If you look from last season to this season our objective was to score more goals and that is what we have done. I felt that we needed a certain number of goals if we were to challenge for European football and up to now the players have surpassed that. But year on year that is something that we want to build towards having more creative options and different types of options. That is what we will look at as a club. The players until this point have been tremendous for me but year on year you want to keep improving and that is something that we can hopefully do in the summer

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers defended Jamie Vardy’s form and said his focus was on Leicester City as a whole amid their goalscoring struggles] There’s lots of focus on Jamie, but this is not just about Jamie, this is the responsibility of the team and it’s my responsibility to find ways in which we can find ways to increase our goalscoring. It’s the responsibility of everyone. I think if you look at his record in terms of his goals and what he has done up until this point, he hasn’t needed a lot of action, he’s a true finisher. He is not one of those players who is involved in the link-up, in the game. That’s not his strength. His strength is in the box and running from deep in behind. Of course we want to get him more service, but we are looking at ways to develop and get our wingers back to being involved and scoring and creating goals, and of course our midfield players. A lot of spotlight [is] on Jamie, but it is not just the striker, it’s the team’s contribution. So that’s something we need to improve

We are not that concerned about that at all [dropping out of top four]. We only played two games, we drew two. Yeah, it would have been better if we’d won them both but we are where we are. We are going to do our best to play better and I believe we will do. We are a good enough team, we are motivated and we will be going forwards with these positive ideas

2020 06 30b Retrieve

[Despite Leicester facing the threat of having their matches moved away from the city, Brendan Rodgers appeared relaxed about that prospect] Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far throughout this situation. I have always said we will react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period. I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also. It is a very safe environment for the games to be in. We will just keep working until we are told otherwise

[Whether his side would be placed at a disadvantage should their home games be moved away from the King Power Stadium] It is something I am not really thinking of. It is all hypothetical at the moment. We will just continue with our work

[Rodgers also refused to suggest his Leicester were anything but on track to achieve their target of European football] This is a team that’s a work in progress. This is the first little blip we’ve had for probably 14 months or so, which I can understand. It’s about a process, it always has. How the players have developed I’ve been really pleased with. We would love to win a trophy and our aim this season was European football. Unfortunately, we’ll have to put the cups on hold for another season but we have given everything we can in them so that will be a learning experience for us. With seven games to go, we’re still in a fantastic position to achieve what we set out to achieve.

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Leicester’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League were hit by a 2-1 defeat at Everton on Wednesday night, despite a second-half fightback from the Foxes] The start was strange, we had control of the game and gave away a soft first goal, the second one is very unfortunate, it’s very harsh to concede

In the situation to be 2-0 behind, it was going to be tough. We made changes at half-time to try to energise the team, and I thought we were much better in the second half, but it’s easy at 2-0 down

In the situation to be 2-0 behind, it was going to be tough. We made changes at half-time to try to energise the team, and I thought we were much better in the second half, but it’s easy at 2-0 down

We’re still in a good place, but we need to find and fix the issues that we have at the moment if we’re going to finish where we want to.

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers: No time to get emotional as Leicester fight to get season back on track] We accept we’re in an adverse moment and haven’t had the results we want but the challenge as a team is to come through that. It’s about that sense of perspective for me - not measuring it on the past four games but over the whole season and our talent has taken us to a great position. The experience tells you not to be too emotional. You go back to your basics, that’s always the best way to work, you can’t sprinkle magic dust on it all. We’re a fraction away from being what we want to be, you have to stay calm because we’ve been brilliant up to now and that way of working has done very well for us. No, we have no reservations about it at all. We’re in a bubble here at our training ground and we get tested regularly. It’s a huge credit to the people of the city of Leicester that they’re doing everything to adhere to what the government has asked

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Jamie Vardy netted his 100th Premier League goal as Leicester kept their hold on third place with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace] They showed the mentality today to come in and put the work in, and they were excellent. We’ll play better, but we changed the shape to be a little more aggressive, and had a number of chances. With a better final pass, we could’ve scored more

It’s a remarkable achievement, you think when Jamie came into the Premier League and scored his first goal, to getting 101 at this level now, it’s phenomenal. You saw his speed right at the end of the game, he’s got a lot of goals left in him. I’m very proud to be manager at the time he did it

2020 07 05 Retrieve

[Jamie Vardy has cemented Leicester legacy by staying] I think as things stand he’s a legend here now for the rest of his time at the club, it’s just what he adds to that status over the rest of his career. It’s hard to knock players if they do want to move on because their careers are so short but he’s obviously felt really comfortable. He’s found a real home here, he is adored by the supporters and they absolutely love him and he has gone on and hit this milestone and I’m sure he’ll continue to create an incredible legacy here. I’m lucky to have him. It’s all individual choice, players will move on and clubs will lose players but his is an example that if you decide to stay you can continue to develop

I always found him to be a very good trainer and a very good professional. He was someone who knew where he was going. He knew what he needed to do to succeed. Leicester must be unbelievably happy that they found him and gave him his chance. Leicester City’s success has had Jamie Vardy’s name pretty strongly imprinted on it. He came into League football from non-League and took to it like a duck to water. He knows his qualities and that’s the main thing. He knows what’s required. He doesn’t miss games. That’s another great quality.

2020 07 05b Retrieve

[Vardy’s achievement is all the more remarkable given that he did not make his Football League debut until the age of 25 and did not appear in the Premier League until he was 27] He’s a great example of a player who never gives up. There’s never a lost cause with him. He’s always got that appetite and hunger, and natural finishing ability to keep scoring goals

2020 07 06 Retrieve

[Leicester’s James Maddison and Ben Chilwell ‘big doubts’ to face Arsenal] We’ve got doubts over James Maddison and Ben Chilwell. They’re the two that could struggle but we’ll see how they are today. We just have to wait and see. There are big doubts over both. Ben’s is his plantar fascia, the bottom of his foot, which is giving him pain. We’ll just have to assess that and see what the specialists say on it. You can play through it but of course there are times you get a real bad pain in it, so it’s just trying to manage that

They’ll both be big doubts for the game but we’ll give them maybe a chance. I think Mikel has done very, very well since he’s gone in. He’s gone into a club with huge expectations, which he knows from being a player there. He’s gone in on his first job, into a huge task, and I think how he’s dealt with it so far has been outstanding. From a tactical perspective, he’s made it very clear how they want to play. The style, you can see. That is not an easy style to put in place and implement, especially at a club that want to be challenging straight away as well. His courage since he’s gone in, to want to develop that. They’ve played with a couple of different systems but the style has always remained the same. That is something that bodes well for the future and for him.

We’ve shown over 33 games our talent. Okay, we are maybe missing some players that have helped us along that way but as a squad we’re very focused on achieving it. We will fight to the very, very last whistle to finish as high as we possibly can

2020 07 08 Retrieve

[Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers was open with his opinion when giving his own assessment of Nketiah’s sending off, but admitted he had not properly seen the Vardy incident that irked Arteta] It was a clear red card. I don’t think Eddie meant to make the challenge that he did, he’s obviously stretching for it but you can clearly see that the ball has bounced up, he’s stretching his leg. I’m just thankful that JJ (James Justin) wasn’t injured

I haven’t seen it to be honest [Vardy on Mustafi]. Mikel will have his feelings on it but I think with Nketiah, it wasn’t intentional but it was definitely dangerous on the stretch to go in studs up and you see the contact right on the knee. I felt the referee made a good decision on that

When the VAR is there, it always gives you that doubt when they have a look but I thought we worked it really well, it was a great ball by Demarai (Gray) and Jamie does what he does best

I think a point is huge for us. Arsenal have been on a really good run, playing with big confidence but we’ve been able to come here after a tough game at the weekend, play well. We can’t win the game but we don’t lose it which is really good for the spirit and we’ll now get ready and go into the game at the weekend. It gives us great confidence again to continue with this mindset and stay focused on the next game

2020 07 08b Retrieve

[Jamie Vardy’s late goal helped Leicester to snatch a late 1-1 draw against 10-man Arsenal with VAR once again playing its part] It was a clear red card. I don’t think Eddie meant to make the challenge that he did, he’s obviously stretching for it but you can clearly see that the ball has bounced up, he’s stretching his leg. I’m just thankful that JJ [James Justin] wasn’t injured.

I haven’t seen it to be honest [Vardy on Mustafi]. Mikel will have his feelings on it but I think with Nketiah, it wasn’t intentional but it was definitely dangerous on the stretch to go in studs up and you see the contact right on the knee. I felt the referee made a good decision on that

I think a point is huge for us. Arsenal have been on a really good run, playing with big confidence but we’ve been able to come here after a tough game at the weekend and play well. We can’t win the game but we don’t lose it which is really good for the spirit and we’ll now get ready and go into the game at the weekend

It gives us great confidence again to continue with this mindset and stay focused on the next game

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Leicester duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell to miss Bournemouth trip] I think those boys will most likely be out for the game and we’ll assess them before the Sheffield United game to see where they are at. It’s too far away, so we’ll see where we’re at during the week.

[Rodgers is adamant the full focus must be on retaining momentum following the gutsy midweek draw at Arsenal] The destiny is with us so we will decide where we finish, and for us the concentration and the focus is just purely on the game itself. I’ve said to the players that if we are to find a focus, if you think about the Champions League or what else is at stake then you’ve lost your focus. You’ve got to focus on your performance and your game, how you’re going to play and how you’re going to work and the consequences of that.

[Rodgers believes Jamie Vardy’s late equaliser at the Emirates Stadium could prove the catalyst for a change in fortune] I can’t talk about what the other teams will do. If we do it I will talk about it for sure, but until that point there will be other strategies for motivation. In football things can quickly change. Obviously Man United are on a very good run, and Chelsea have been on a good run although they lost their way at West Ham.

2020 07 11 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers: Champions League bid can’t distract Leicester City] If we think about the Champions League and everything that’s at stake, then we’ve lost our focus. And it’s so important at this time - you’ll hear the word but the definition of it is that we’re not going to focus so much on the Champions League, or else you’ve lost it. We have to concentrate on our performance. The team is very excited about the period that we’re in. When we were losing it wasn’t so good but we had a really good win against Crystal Palace and a good point away at Arsenal. Now we have our next game and that’s our only focus. I think we were unlucky not to have won before the Crystal Palace game but offensively we fell below the standard a couple of times

These are guys that have been real prominent players for us this season but I’ve got a big trust in the squad. Of course we’ll miss those players but we’ve guys like James Justin that have come in and been absolutely brilliant, he will only get better. Ryan Bennett has come off the bench and been absolutely superb, so for us, it’s about the collective

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Bournemouth kept their Premier League survival hopes alive after coming from behind to beat Champions League-chasing Leicester 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium] I didn’t see that coming but we are not good enough to get too comfortable. We were in control of the game, Bournemouth changed their shape and you expect a 10-minute spell when you are up against it. But we let them into the game with a penalty and I was very disappointed with how we played from there. It’s not like us, we are a team that is strong mentally and we don’t concede many goals

I’ve always said it’s a dream for us to finish in the top four, but we have to worry about playing well. At the moment, since we came back, we have been playing for 45 minutes in games and that’s not enough. We will finish where we deserve to.

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Bournemouth 4-1 Leicester - Match report and highlights] We’ll be back in tomorrow with a huge disappointment, but we can’t dwell on it because we have a big game on Thursday. We missed a huge opportunity to jump into third. I’ve always believed. We have to worry to play better football because we were way off it

2020 07 14b Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Leicester’s Champions League destiny still in their own hands] The destiny is always with us, if that’s the case we’re happy to accept the responsibility and pressure. That’s all you want and with Chelsea losing and Man Utd getting pegged back late on there’ll be other results which will surprise as well. We have been up there for so long, we have fought to stay there and we are in a first-class position

It’s a game (Sheffield United) we’ve always earmarked we have to win. The results over the course of the weekend showed you the fluctuation and what a roller-coaster the league is. We’ve had a disappointing result so we have to move on from that. That’s the type of mentality we have always had.

We’ve been up there for most of the season. There’s always pressure, it’s dealing with that. For us it’s that game at a time. It’s a period where there are results which will differ and change. We are still in an incredible position because of the work we’ve done throughout the season. We have to stay calm, that’s very important. They are all big games and you can only concentrate on the next game. If we do that it allows us to be in with a better chance of winning.

2020 07 16 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Ayoze Perez] He’s got incredible composure. It’s his first game at first-team level, playing against a really good team, and he has the awareness and view of the game to disguise a pass inside like that

2020 07 16b Retrieve

[Leicester City: James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Christian Fuchs to miss rest of season] Ben and James won’t play for the rest of the season. We’ve got a few injuries which have been unfortunate for us. I thought we were brilliant. Sheffield United deserve so much credit for how they work and how Chris (Wilder) has got them playing this season but I thought we were outstanding in all facets of the game. I think for us, it’s just the consistency. We’ve played well in the games we’ve played since we came back but we haven’t been consistent enough but tonight we were able to do that. We played the first half really well and then we were very concentrated

2020 07 16c Retrieve

[Leicester reignited their hopes for a Champions League place with a 2-0 win against Sheffield United, who themselves missed the chance to go into sixth] I thought we were brilliant tonight. Sheffield United deserve so much credit for how they work and how Chris has got them playing this season but I thought we were outstanding in all facets of the game. I think for us, it’s just the consistency. We’ve played well in the games we’ve played since we came back but we haven’t been consistent enough but tonight we were able to do that. We played the first half really well and then we were very concentrated. The thing I look at with young players is ‘do they have the temperament?’ And you’ve just seen how Luke [Thomas] served the ball in. He wasn’t phased and if there were 100,000 [people in the stadium], he would be just the same. He’s got incredible composure, it’s his first game at first-team level against a really good team and he has the awareness and the view of the game to disguise a pass inside. He lasted so well. Firstly he defends, for someone so slight at the moment, he’s aggressive, he’s tenacious, but he can pass the ball and that’s always important for a player that plays for me. We set out at the start of the season with a huge effort to try and qualify for European football, which was always going to be a big ask, but the result tonight gives us the second highest finish in Leicester’s Premier League history and now we’ve got two more games to see if we can create some more history. The players are so happy but they’ll be ready now for Sunday

2020 07 17 Retrieve

[Ben Chilwell: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers unsure if defender has played last game for club] I’m not sure. He’s a Leicester player and not one that we want to lose so I’m quite relaxed on it. We’ve got a fantastic squad and one that we want to keep together. There’s no intention to sell Ben Chilwell and absolutely no need to sell. The message is: He’s not for sale

[Rodgers keen to freshen squad for Europe] We’re not a club whose budgets needs a guarantee of Champions League football but we’re ambitious and we want to fight. We want to overcome whatever financial differences there are to find a way to arrive there. Of course, if you have that opportunity to finish in the Champions League places, which we have, then we will give absolutely everything we can to do that.

We all understand the need to improve, that’s very important. We haven’t had too many changes in the squad since I have come in but I think there is a lot more development left in the players we currently have. Of course, you have to be careful that if you go through with the same players there can be a psychological exhaustion if you don’t freshen up your squad with quality. We want to improve and in order to do that we have been looking for a number of months to bring in the right quality

2020 07 18 Retrieve

[Luke Thomas certainly made his mark on his debut for Leicester against Sheffield United] He’s got incredible composure. It’s his first game at first-team level, playing against a really good team, and he has the awareness and view of the game to disguise a pass inside like that

2020 07 18b Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho shown ‘lack of respect’] Jose is a world-class manager. He has been until this point of his career and will continue to be that. It (criticism) is a lack of respect and normally from people that have never stood on this sideline. OK, football continues to evolve and change, but you still have room for different types of football. Jose’s a master at getting his teams organised, difficult to beat and winning. There’s different philosophies and identities of managers and there’s no right or wrong. He’s proven over many years that he’s such a successful manager and he’ll be looking to bring success to Tottenham. His longevity in the game, what he’s done, and what he continues to do deserves a huge amount of respect

[When asked where getting Leicester into the Champions League would rank in his career achievements] It would certainly be up there. At Liverpool it was about getting the club back in the Champions League. At Celtic it was a different challenge but we did good work there too. Coming here’s a different challenge because there’s not that expectancy. There’s ambition of course, and the challenge of bringing a team into the top six. We’ve been able to do that in our first full season and now we have a chance over a couple of games to go even better than that and arrive in the top four. But if we didn’t get in the top four it would still be an absolutely brilliant season for us

[Leicester bounced back from a shock 4-1 defeat at struggling Bournemouth to record only a second post-lockdown win against Sheffield United on Thursday] It was a big psychological shift to get over what we went through at Bournemouth and then go again. We’re not a team that goes soft the way we did in the second half, our defensive record shows that. We fell way below our standard. It was really important that we said what we had to say and then move on quickly