Leicester reporter notebook: Liverpool trip the perfect barometer to test top four credentials

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett provides professional analysis and insight following Leicesters increase to third position after seven Premier League games this season…
The recruitment policy of leicester frees Brendan Rodgers rather substantially.
The depth of young talent which the club had in their novels was when he came to Leicester.
The place was regarded by plenty of managers on the market. It was hot property at that moment, if the title was won by Leicester and it dates back to this time.
He put up a really big scouting network, which looked to a lot of all Premier League clubs at the time into different areas. They found Riyad Mahrez and NGolo Kante in European footballs leagues, and we understand what they have gone on to attain.
After Walsh left, they appointed before being replaced in March from Lee Congerton, that was with Brendan Rodgers Eduardo Macia who did an OK job.
But through most that is the manager of soccer, John Rudkin, the 1 constant, and he oversees the whole of the recruiting policy. He used to be Leicesters academy manager, so he has always had an interest in and knowledge of players up and down the nation.
He has very much the drive behind it, even now working together with Congerton, which has enabled them to unearth some really great talent.
In addition to that, youve got the academy which Rudkin has put together, which has attracted via the likes of Hamza Choudhury, Ben Chilwell along with Harvey Barnes and you also start to see a production line of talent.
What is changed is that since the title was won by Leicester, a lot of the young talent of the country see the club since a excellent option because they feel they are likely to have game time when they might not.
That is let them entice a number of the best talent, and really they have gained. James Justin was signed up by them from Luton for upwards of 8m because Ricardo Pereira is playing so 30, but hes not needed a kick.
So they have got young talent waiting in the wings. Among the challenges moving forward may be keeping them happy by giving them game time.
Rodgers did not wish to market Harry Maguire – its that easy. But he admitted the club have always had a strict policy when it has to do with the players they would like to keep.
They will produce an inflated asking price for a player of talent that is real that they would like to use. Then they are going to sell, if a club is prepared to pay that asking price, and Brendan was with that onto Maguire . The Leicester ruler felt #80m dropped into the category of being a good deal.
They worked hard and were distressed to replace him. But it was really quickly clear because everyone knew that Leicesterd # 80m from the bank, that the costs were extortionate. They had been nominated #50m for James Tarkowski. My understanding is that he wished to return to Leicester.
He hasnt been chosen by England because the summertime and thats largely because Burnley do not play an awful lot, which is Gareth Southgate would like to play. However, Leicester felt he was over-priced and any value they gained in selling Maguire for #80m will be missing by registering Tarkowski at the price.
It was just the same even more so. Bournemouth were searching for #75m to get Ake. Theres no manner Leicester were prepared to cover much Even though Rodgers is a huge admirer of him.
It became evident in the window that despite their best effortsthey were not going to discover a replacement for Maguire, so they stuck with everything they had. It meant an opportunity for Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu.
Benkovic was with Rodgers on loan at Celtic, but my understanding is that he didnt impress in pre-season whereas Soyuncu stood up to the mark and Rodgers did not find him as an immediate potential. Rodgers didnt expect him to be as great as he is, to tell the truth.
His relaxation on the ball is a plus, and hes been one of the finest players of Leicester this season. Brendan has advised me that he believed Soyuncu was trying to do too much in the very first few games of this season, and he put himself under a lot of stress as he felt this was his big opportunity, but hes managed to convince him to relax more.
Add to that, Jonny Evans has ever been one of the greatest defenders in the Premier League this year, as the member of the duo, also Leicester are thrilled from the beginning theyve made.
They do not have a great deal of depth. Wes Morgan cant play with a lot of games at the age he is at, so I would still anticipate Leicester to be in the marketplace for a different centre-back at January or in the summer since they might struggle for thickness in that region.
Were currently approaching the one-year anniversary of the death of the prior proprietor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
There was an awful lot of gloom and doom for reasons that are evident when that occurred. Separate from the tragedy, there was a niggling concern over where the squad went under Claude Puel.
Some felt that the reduction of the chairman could function as a blow to the club. But his heritage lives on his son Aiyawatts dedication is unwavering. He wants to do in the name of his father and has continued to invest.
In terms of structure and the soccer, there is a good deal more positivity round the golf club. Its been an extraordinary turnaround when you consider how many the death of Vichai affected members of employees.
There were doubts on the way in which the club could recover and 12 months past it didnt feel as the place they are in now would be possible whatsoever.
Rodgers has been told that he has money to invest, and involving Congerton and himself, theyll spend it. But the difficulty that Leicester have got is encouraging a number of the talent to come if they do not feel theyre going to receive a spot in the first team.
They have looked in strikers for several windows to behave as backup to Jamie Vardy, but every leading striker understands that should they go to Leicester, they are likely to be next option to Vardy unless he has injured since they simply play with one up top.
I think that its easier for the conventional top six clubs to persuade talent be a part of a squad and to go there.
Agents and gamers see Leicester as a good destination and I believe that should they continue to be in the upper four come the Srivaddhanaprabha household will fund the funds which are necessary to push the side into those Champions League places.
What has surprised some people is Leicester have performed in the absence of Maguire. It felt just like a blow in the time even though the plank were comfortable that they had a bargain for him and that they had enough cover.
They feel if one was to be sold or be out injured for a lengthy period of time that theyve got today. They have got an awful lot of creativity in both sides despite James Maddison.
Rodgers feels that in time, signing Ayoze Perez for #20m will prove an absolute snip. Leicester believe he is full of talent and there is more to come from him, and likewise Harvey Barnes.
Everything you saw on Sunday – in the 5-0 win over Newcastle – has been that without the structure, Maddison as well as the strategies that Rodgers deploys suits of the other players to the floor. So there was not a drop off in imagination.
Rodgers wont state it publicly, although there will be a hope and an ambition to break into the top four this year too but I believe he is quietly convinced that the top can break.
They feel theres an opportunity in the manner there was when the name was won by Leicester from 2016 and look at Manchester United and Arsenal in transition and the difficulties at Spurs.
There is a realisation that theyre still a very long way behind Liverpool and Manchester City, and thats the reason why I think the supervisors of Leicester will be curious to see how they fare once they visit this weekend to Anfield.
Leicester have already played with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United. The impression within the players and at the club for a whole will only grow further that this might be the year if they could still be having been around Anfield.
Maddison might have played against Newcastle however as he wants him match for Anfield Rodgers did not wish to risk him. I expect him to come back in and I feel Leicester will go there and attack. Wilfred Ndidi supplies that protective shield and I do not believe they will change too much.
They and Marc Albrighton may play out broad to give a bit more safety farther down the flank. It is going to be interesting to see if the Leicester full-backs will be requested to become much more defensive-minded and more educated.
Rodgers one disappointment this year has been his sides performance at United. Leicester did not execute that afternoon on a really major point at Old Trafford.
It can be that it was a reminder that this is an extremely young squad that does not have a great deal of experience playing at the level on the stage. You do wonder whether Leicester will be playing at Anfield, but they had been the better side at the draw at Chelsea.
The players will want to establish a point and they understand that this sport will serve as a barometer for how much theyve come and what they are able to attain this season.
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