Rodgers’ approach to fixture pileup is very different to Klopp’s

Brendan Rodgers will not moan about any fixture pile-up – because he’s told his team to be ready for anything.

Leicester City’s boss won’t be following the path trodden by Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp in complaining about the schedule.

The Foxes have ten matches during the next five weeks, including their Europa League commitments, and are bracing themselves for a difficult period.

Rodgers has reported that long-term injury casualties, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu have returned to training which will boost the former Premier League title-winners.

But he is refusing to join in with the chorus of disapproval towards the heavy workload.

Brendan Rodgers will not be echoing the thoughts of Jurgen Klopp

He said: “It’s going to be no different – there’s going to be lots of games. There’s eight or nine in December. Those close together are going to be a tough ask – as they always are.

“The players have known since the start of the season that we have to be ready every day – we talked about it.

“That with European football we have recover well and adapt – we are really enjoying that, by the way – then you know you have got to be ready physically and mentally and be right on it in the league.

“You have to retain that humility You can never say that because it’s going well in Europe that you can never be anything less than 100 per cent and we will be ready for Fulham.”

The likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were rested in midweek

Rodgers was part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Chelsea when Cottagers’ chief Scott Parker was on the playing staff at Stamford Bridge.

He says that he isn’t surprised – either that the ex-England midfielder moved into management – or that he is making a good fist of life at Craven Cottage.

He said: “Scott came in to Chelsea with Claudio. He came in about one year before me. He was a really good thinker about the game. He did well for Chelsea but he wanted to play more.

“I wasn’t surprised he moved into coaching and the job he’s done at Fulham has been first-class.”

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