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03 Aug 2022 08:20:19
There is talk of Schmeichel, madison, teilimans and now vardy going, are these accurate and who might be their replacements?

{Ed002's Note - Leicester have to sell to buy and have a wage related FFP issue.
Martin Dubravka(G) Understudy to Danny Ward.
Ibrahim Sangare (DM) Newcastle are keen on the player and the interest of both Leicester and Southampton remains. The player has said that he does not wish to return to France and wants a move to England. Has been watched by a number of other PL sides.
Edson Alvarez (DM) Ajax do not wish to sell but are aware that Leicester and Crystal Palace have a declared interest. Chelsea sent a senior scout to look at him but have preferred options, but will not lose sight of him. Spurs have also had scouts watch him and could look to a part exchange.
Luis Alberto (CM) Leicester are keen. Sevilla have held talks and the player is keen. Lazio will listen to offers at a significant price. Seen as a Youri Tielemans replacement. Can't see it happening.
Sean Longstaff (CM) No.
Joe Aribo (CM) No.
Seko Fofana (CM) PSG and Milan may fight it out for ex-Manchester City player Fofana who has also attracted the attention of Marseille, Leicester and Aston Villa.
Franck Kessié (CM) No.
Amadou Onana (CM) No.
Aguibou Camara (AM) Although he has only just moved to Olympiakos, Lille have declared an interest in taking the player back and a number of PL sides have been sending scouts to watch him - including Liverpool and Leicester - but getting a Work Permit to play in England would be very difficult. Additionally, Villareal and Monaco have been watching.}

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03 Aug 2022 12:54:41
Thank you

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18 Jul 2022 08:56:04
Ed002, what is the situation with Youri Tielemans right now?

He still won't sign a new contract by the sounds of it.

Which clubs are currently interested in him?

{Ed002's Note - Youri Tielemans (CM) right now he will not sign a new contract so will be available in the summer at a reduced fee. His agent confirmed that there is interest from Real Madrid who are looking for a Luka Modric replacement, interest from Spurs and that he has been approached by a third party representing Newcastle, but Spurs and Newcastle are unlikely destinations. He is aware that other clubs, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool, have scouted the player but not declared an interest. Interest of the Manchester sides has probably gone as both are looking at other midfield options but they will be back if they cannot get their first choice players - and MU are struggling. Arsenal and Juventus provide wildcard options but Arsenal will have to focus on fixing other issues in the squad first and Juventus, whilst needing significant midfield changes are looking to preferred options. I suspect that Real Madrid will shift their interest leaving Manchester United and Arsenal to work on a transfer.}

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09 May 2022 07:13:29
Do you feel Rodgers has took Leicester as far as he can?
They have a good enough squad, but they seem to of gone backwards since he came in charge.
Similar to how it finished at Liverpool maybe?

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15 May 2022 22:09:42
Luis Suarez could make a sensational move to Leicester this summer after being made available as a free transfer.

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15 Jan 2022 09:03:10
Leicester want to sign Rodrigo Becau from Udinese. The central defender is expected to cost around £9 million.

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12 Jan 2022 13:21:40
Hey Ed who is interested in Youri Tielemans and would LFC be open to let him leave? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Youri Tielemans (CM) right now will not sign a new contract so will be available in the summer at a reduced fee if he doesn't change his mind. His agent confirms that there is interest from Real Madrid who are looking for a Luka Modric replacement and that he has been approached by a third party representing Newcastle and is aware that other clubs, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool have scouted the player but not declared an interest. Interest of the Manchester sides has gone.}

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Leicester City News 15 Dec 2021
Team Review - Leicester City

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League Position: 8th

Ins And Outs


Patson Daka from RB Salzburg

Boubakary Soumare from LOSC Lille

Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton

Ryan Bertrand from Southampton

Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig (loan)


Rachid Ghezzal to Besiktas

Dennis Praet to Torino (loan)

Sam Hughes to Burton Albion (loan)

Matty James to Bristol City

Christian Fuchs to Charlotte Independence

Wes Morgan (retired)


Kasper Schmeichel

Danny Ward

Eldin Jakupovic

A solid, if not great, group of keepers, though you have to question the Ward signing as he should have displaced Schmeichel by now if he is ever to make it as their long term first choice goalkeeper. They really need to be looking for the replacement for Schmeichel as he needs someone to push him.


Caglar Soyuncu

Wesley Fofana

Jannik Vestergaard

Jonny Evans

Daniel Amartey

Filip Benkovic

Ryan Bertrand

Luke Thomas

Ricardo Pereira

Timothy Castagne

James Justin

The Foxes' defence is beginning to look like a Rodgers' coached defence now, especially with Evans missing so much time out through injury. It has lost all organisation, unless Evans is playing, and looks shambolic at times. Yes, they have had a lot of injuries to contend with, but it now looks to be playing exactly the same way he left the Liverpool defence when he got sacked from there. The discipline is poor and the panic buy of the Vestergaard, who is nowhere near good enough, has not helped. At least their full-backs now look sorted for a few years.


Wilfred Ndidi

Boubakary Soumare

Nampalys Mendy

Youri Tielemans

Hamza Choudhury

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Marc Albrighton

Harvey Barnes

James Maddison

The problem with Leicester is not the quality of players, they have a lot of players that their lack of progress under Rodgers is likely to see them leave. Their problem is the lack of discipline, which leaves a laziness amongst far too much of the midfield. With a team that is playing a press, having players not putting in the effort leaves gaps in that press, which other teams can exploit to get at the defence or behind it. They are heavily reliant on Ndidi to provide all the cover and he is good, but no one is that good that they can do it all on their own.


Ademola Lookman

Ayoze Perez

Patson Daka

Kelechi Iheanacho

Jamie Vardy

It looks like they have found a good replacement for Vardy in the shape of Daka, which is massively important as they have been heavily over reliant on Vardy in the past. They will always have a chance of picking up results with a goalscorer and that will keep them in a position their play overall might not deserve.

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers took over a team with a solid defensive platform for him to build on, but that is now looking worn out and full of holes. The injuries to Evans are exposing how disorganised the defence is and how little cover is given by the midfield. The press is lacklustre and there is a lack of discipline within the club. The fact that they are below both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur just shows how far they have fallen this season. The blame has to be placed squarely at the feet of Rodgers as they have the quality of players to be above both of those two clubs, who are having terrible season.


This is a squad of good quality being dragged down, bit by bit, by a manager who lacks tactical acumen and is too soft on the players. They should be 4th, all three of the teams between them and that place have been having a season to forget, but they are instead 8th. The only question now is whether the owners have still got the ambition to look for more or not. If they do, it is only a matter of time before Rodgers' time with Leicester City comes to an end.

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17 Aug 2021 17:52:32
Hi Eds

Any more potential incomings at Leicester in these final two weeks, anybody that Leicester are looking to get over the line?

Also any outgoings that are ongoing? Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Takehiro Tomiyasu (CB) perhaps, Danjuma seems unlikely and Leicester have been offered Coutinho.

Hamza Choudhury (CM) loan wanted by Newcastle.}

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08 Aug 2021 09:59:20
Hi Eds

Any insight into who Leicester are looking at to replace Fofana? Also Any additional incomings in the next three weeks? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Ozan Kabak (CB) Leicester see value in the player as cover.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) has been offered to a number of English sides including Leicester. Alternatively Leicester could look to a loan.}

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07 Jul 2021 11:31:59
Gillingham are in talks with experienced defender Sol Bamba.

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Leicester City News 08 Jun 2021
Team Review - Leicester City

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League Position: 5th


Kasper Schmeichel

Danny Ward

Eldin Jakupovic

The weak link of the Leicester team, in my opinion at least. Ward is almost completely untested, Jakupovic is a typical 3rd choice, well over the hill and Schmeichel is not half as good as he thinks he is. Apart from being a ringleader in the player revolts that removed Ranieri and Shakespeare, he has a belief that he is top class at distribution and Schmeichel can concede easy possession trying to make a pass that is beyond him. Added to that Schmeichel's struggles to keep his weight down can often lead to him being sluggish. Until they get a top class goalkeeper to shore things up at the back, they are always going to struggle to hold down a top 4 place.


Caglar Soyuncu

Wesley Fofana

Jonny Evans

Wes Morgan (released)

Luke Thomas

Christian Fuchs (released)

Ricardo Pereira

Timothy Castagne

James Justin

They are looking a bit light at the back, especially at left-back, with only Thomas a specialist in that position in the squad. While the teenager looks good, it is too much to expect him to play every game of the season with a Europa League campaign to consider. Fofana and Evans gives them a solid base in the centre and they have excellent options on the right with Justin (when fit), Pereira and Castagne. I am not as enamoured of Soyuncu as many seem to be, positionally he is extremely suspect and needs guiding through games. It would also be a mistake not to buy a centre-back, as dropping Ndidi into the defence weakens midfield far too much.


Wilfred Ndidi

Nampalys Mendy

Daniel Amartey

Youri Tielemans

Dennis Praet

Hamza Choudhury

Matty James (released)

Marc Albrighton

Harvey Barnes

James Maddison

They have a very strong central midfield group, though there are worries that Maddison and Choudhury are taking advantage of Rodgers' lack of discipline and leading each other astray. The Foxes can ill afford for their best player, arguably, to be constantly getting into trouble and not maintaining fitness as they struggle without Maddison's creativity. They are also very light on wide players, particularly, again, on the left, with Barnes pretty much their only option.


Cengiz Under

Ayoze Perez

Kelechi Iheanacho

Jamie Vardy

They have two big questions to answer up front. The first is how long can Vardy keep going? At 34 the tank must be running dry now. The second question is Iheanacho's form, is it a flash-in-the-pan or has he finally started to achieve his potential? If it was just a hot streak, and Vardy is on the decline, as it seemed at the end of the season, then they are in trouble as neither Under nor Perez score enough.

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

After winning everything in Scotland with Celtic, admittedly against little to no real opposition, you would have thought Rodgers would have learnt something about how to keep his team going until the season is over. Sadly, while he is a good coach, he has still not learnt that his teams need more discipline and so, in a similar way to Mauricio Pochettino's teams, they usually choke when it matters.


They have what is acknowledged as a great recruitment system, but they have ended up with lots of holes in the squad. It seems to find lots of central players and right-backs, particularly defensive midfielders, but struggles to find a left-sided player. That desperately needs to be rectified this summer. A lack of discipline coming down from the top is also costing them when it matters. Without stronger leadership, and I am talking about the chairman's close relationship with some of the players as well as Rodgers' style of man-management, there is always going to be a tendency to lose their way when it matters.

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03 Jul 2021 14:32:40
Nonsense. Danny Ward cost £12m when he was bought from Liverpool and has stood in for Kasper many times. He excelled for Wales at the Euros and is definitely primed to take the No1 jersey should Kaspers form slim, or injuries strike.

If anything, Leicester’s weak link is in front of goal. Vardy has another season at the top but he went 26 games without a goal last season, which coincided with Inheanach’s rise to prominence.
‘Nacho is unlikely to reproduce the form of last season but City have no more options. Ayoze Perez was signed as a CF but is generally used as a (ineffective) winger.
Daka has been signed but I doubt he’ll make much of an impact initially. 27 goals in 28 games is incredible, but the Austrian league is not the Prem.
beyond those three there is nothing. City really need a 4th striker and, ideally, it’d be someone oven-ready. There were noises about Danny Ings at one point, but I doubt that somehow!

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24 May 2021 16:28:47
Porto are on the verge of signing experienced Austrian defender Christian Fuchs on a short term deal after he left Leicester.

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24 May 2021 16:27:56
Monaco have surprisingly offered a deal to released Leicester midfielder Matty James.

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03 Jul 2021 14:22:09
No they didn’t.

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23 May 2021 15:58:18
Celtic are set to confirm their new manager this coming week. It is thought retired Leicester defender Wes Morgan is going to come in and be their number two.

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12 May 2021 16:04:51
Leicester have offered goalkeeper Tom Scott and defender Ryan Campbell-Gordon the opportunity to join their reserve teams. Both youngsters have been released by Port Vale over contract disputes and the players are set to sign a one year deal with the under 23 side for the forthcoming season.

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20 Jan 2021 12:58:03
Hello is there anybody here
Just like to say we'll played last night and congrats on going top.

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Leicester City News 10 Dec 2020
A To Z - Leicester City

A is for Arthur

The club's all-time record goalscorer is Arthur Chandler, and his goals fired Leicester to within a point of the league title in 1929. In the early 60's they also had another top goalscorer, Arthur Rowley, whose 434 league goals is an all-time British record. In fact, in their top 10 of record goalscorers, three of them are called Arthur and all three scored more goals for the Foxes than Gary Lineker!

B is for Bible

Leicester were established by a bible class in 1884. It was 21 years after the creation of the Football Association and the founders established a committee, paying 9d to join and a further 9d to buy a football.

C is for Chocolate

Leicester Fosse's strip when they first entered the Football League was chocolate brown and blue halves. Prior to that they wore black tops with a sky-blue sash and long white trousers rather than shorts! It was 1903 before they switched to the colours they are now known for of blue and white.

D is for Doubles

Twice double winning English sides opened the door for Leicester to compete for a trophy. In 1961 they lost the FA Cup final to double winners Tottenham Hotspur, but due to Spurs being in the European Cup instead, they were England's entrants in the European Cup Winners' Cup. In 1971 the Foxes won their only Charity Shield as double winners Arsenal had commitments in European competition and so were unable to compete. Leicester beat the FA Cup runners up, Liverpool, 1-0 with a goal by Steve Whitworth.

E is for Europe

While Leicester City may not have had much European success of their own yet, European football did provide their one and only Charity Shield win. In 1971, as the winners of Division 2, they were invited to play FA Cup runners up Liverpool as double winning Arsenal's European commitments meant they were unable to take part. The Foxes won it 1-0 courtest of a Steve Whitworth goal.

F is for Fosse

Leicester City were initially called Leicester Fosse. That was because of the Fosse Way, an old Roman thoroughfare, that ran from South West to North East England. One of the founders, Frank Gardner, said at the time: "As the Fosse is known throughout the land, so the new club shall be known to the future." Their first match took place just off Fosse Road South against Syston Fosse.

G is for Goals

When you see a goal has been scored by Leicester now, you can be almost certain it has come from the boot of Jamie Vardy, but he is just 4th (currently) on their list of top goalscorers ever. Top is Arthur Chandler with 273, second is Arthur Rowley with 265 and third, quite a way behind those two, is Ernie Hine with 156. Vardy's current total (as of 20th November 2020) of 139 leaves him trailing behind.

H is for Heroes

There is no other word for the 2015-16 season Premier League winning team in Leicester than heroes. So much so that their only Ballon d'Or nominees since the great Gordon Banks, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, received their nominations while playing in that side. Mahrez also won the club's only PFA Player of the Year that season, Vardy the clubs only ever FWA Footballer of the Year. Manager Claudio Ranieri also won the Overall and Premier League LMA Manager of the Year and Best FIFA Men's Coach. The team itself also won the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year and ESPN Team of the Year awards, the only time they have won either award.

I is for Ice Kings

In the 1962-63 season the Foxes' team was dubbed the "Ice Kings" as they led the old First Division through the winter due to excellent form on icy and frozen pitches. They ended the season in 4th. The form was probably due to the management of Matt Gillies, who implemented a system based on the style of play used previously by the great Austrian and Hungarian teams.

J is for Jamie

For years there was only one goalscorer anyone thought of when the name Leicester City was mentioned, arguably he is also the club's most famous supporters, Gary Lineker. Nowadays he has been supplanted in most people's eyes by a new goalscoring icon, Jamie Vardy. Despite coming late to professional sport from the non-league scene, Vardy's exploits make him a legend at Leicester and took him into international football with England. The big question is, at the age of 33, how much more is left in the tank?

K is for King Power

It was 2010 when King Power owner Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought the club from Milan Mandaric, with it then in the Championship. Sadly he died in a helicopter accident alongside four others outside the club's stadium in 2018 but the club's ownership remains in the hands of his family, with his son Khun Aiyawatt the current chairman.

L is for Lineker

Gary Winston Lineker is arguably the club's most famous ever youth product, due to both his exploits with England and his later career in broadcasting. Lineker was with Leicester from 1978 until 1985, when he signed for reigning champions Everton. He hung his boots up after scoring 48 goals in 80 appearances with England.

M is for Midland

The newly formed Leicester Fosse club joined the Midland League in 1891 before being elected to Division Two of the Football League in 1894.

N is for Nine

When the club founders set up Leicester Fosse, they formed a committee and paid 9d each upon entry and a further 9d to buy a football.

O is for O'Neill

Martin O'Neill established his reputation as a manager with a spell at Leicester City in the late 1990s. O'Neill led Leicester to four consecutive top-10 finishes and twice into qualification for the UEFA Cup as well as a League Cup win.

P is for Problems

In October 2002 Leicester went into administration following their relegation from the Premier League, though they still managed to get back up into the Prem at the end of that season.

Q is for Quit

The club's motto is "Foxes Never Quit" which is written above the player's tunnel entrance.

R is for Ranieri

The man who led them to their one and only, so far, league title was Italian Claudio Ranieri. They were rated by the bookies as 5000/1 against to win the Premier League before that 2015/16 season kicked off.

S is for School

The founders were a group of former pupils of Wyggeston School, then a grammar school for boys but now a sixth form college in Leicester.

T is for Thailand

The club is owned by a consortium led by the Thai owner of the King Power Group. The Asian Football Investments consortium which owns the club (which former owner Milan Mandaric is an investor in) is based in Thailand. The club's main shirt sponsors are the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the sleeve sponsor is a Vietnamese beer producer called Bia Saigon, which is owned by ThaiBev, which is based in, yes you guessed it, Thailand.

U is for Unbelievables

The Leicester team which won the 2015/16 Premier League title is often known as 'The Unbelievables'. It was the highest odds winner in sports for most bookmakers, as they were a team that had only narrowly avoided relegation the previous season. Their fans are still celebrating the title now!

V is for Victoria

The club's first settled venue for matches was Victoria Park, which they used between 1884 and 1887 before a move to Belgrave Road Cycle and Cricket Ground.. Unfortunately for the then Leicester Fosse team, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club outbid them in 1888 and they were forced into a shortlived return to Victoria Park.

W is for Walnut

The club's longlasting and famous Filbert Street home stadium was originally known as the Walnut Street Ground. They moved there in October 1891 and stayed there until 2002, when they moved to their new purpose-built stadium, which they still inhabit.

X is for Xenocracy

Leicester have been run by foreign owners since 2007 when Milan Mandaric bought the club from the consortium, led by Foxes' legend Gary Lineker, which had saved it from administration in 2002.

Y is for Yagiment

There must have been a huge sense of excitement around the club in 1981 when manager Jock Wallace announced that Johan Cruyff was close to signing for the Foxes. However it had been a ploy by the Scotsman, trying to force Cruyff's hand while in negotiations which had initially seemed promising, but were now looking like a forlorn hope. Wallace's side were bottom of the old First Division and Wallace believed that bringing in Johan Cruyff, even at the age of 33 after a couple of years playing in the United States, would save the club from relegation. Cruyff instead for signed for Spanish club Levante who sweetened their offer with (reportedly) up to 50% of gate money.

Z is for Zagorakis

As well as winning 120 caps for his country, Theodoros Zagorakis also played for Leicester City between July 1997 and July 2000, when he left for AEK Athens on a free transfer. The midfielder, who is now retired and president of PAOK Salonika, managed 59 games after eventually making his debut under Martin O'Neill in February 1998.

To read the previous A To Z: ChievoVerona click here.

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Leicester City News 08 Dec 2020
Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers A Liverpool Perspective

Another of those excellent performances that seem to be dragged out of the depths when things are looking bleak. Though it must be said that the game was a fairly even contest, except for Wolves looking a little on the toothless side without a genuine striker to play through. It is beginning to feel like Klopp could put almost any combination of 11 players out and they would be a match for anyone.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves started well, with a clear gameplan, but they are not adapting all that well to a back four and it is causing them problems. Adding that to no Raul Jiminez up top and the loss of the outball to Docherty that was so important to their play and it is quite a worrying time for Wolves in their quest for regular European football. The lack of any creativity and forward running from their midfield means all the attacking impetus comes entirely from wide areas and is much easier to defend now that they no longer have the aerial prowess of Jiminez or Doherty's late runs into the box. Adding that to their struggles defensively with a back four and this looks like a season of transition to a style that suits the players they do have.

Coady's mistake and later dive were turning points in the match, as the first Liverpool goal made Wolves look ragged in their attempts to get back into the match and the dive drove Liverpool onto really put this game beyond doubt. However, there really was little to show Wolves had any cutting edge. Traore did what he always does as a starter, has a couple of flashes of brilliance before putting the ball into an area miles away from any of his teammates (often row z of the stand) and generally offers very little. They really need Silva to find his feet fast.


Klopp - he always finds a way. I cannot remember a single game under Klopp, even last season when the title was won, where the players have not tried. There were a few games last season where you could see they were still mentally celebrating the title, but none where they were not trying to win. It is such a rare skill that he has to get players to give their all for him and to stand together when all is going wrong. This season has been one of remarkable management from Klopp and cemented him as one of the all-time greats. 65 unbeaten at home and scoring in 40 games in a row at home in the Premier League is an incredible achievement, especially when you consider the difficulties of this unusual season. I doubt anyone else could have reached this level.

Kelleher - or should that be Kellher? Whichever of the guys (as there is a team of kit men these days) was responsible for the error must be embarrassed by that bless him! Kelleher looks assured, confident and comfortable with the ball on either foot. The worry is that he looks far too good to be a back up and you have to wonder how long will he be willing to be an understudy. That is something for another day though, as he is still young enough to work with Alisson and learn from him in training. In this game Kelleher did well dealing with the balls played into the box and made one good save too. He is looking impressive.

Williams - after a bad start, with another silly foul and booking early on, he grew into the game and played well, even at the start of the second half when Traore was shifted over to try and attack him. Admittedly he was given a lot of protection by the midfield, Wijnaldum in particular, but it would have been easy for him to fall to pieces after that early error. It looks like he can learn, but now Williams just needs to not put himself into trouble in the first place.

Matip - he is looking like the rust is falling away and his all-round game was much more like the Matip of last season. Plus he scored a towering header. Now he just needs to stay fit!

Fabinho - early on he made the error of selling himself in the challenge against Traore, though at least he did it away from the box, but after that he was once again excellent. It is easy to forget that he is playing out of position.

Robertson - another outstanding performance from Robertson. This season he has been immense and Tsimikas must be wondering how on earth he will ever get a run of games. There were times last season when he looked a little tired, this season, even when carrying knocks, he just looks tireless. Robertson has also stepped up his overall game, his link up play in particular is excellent this season. He and Mane work together so well.

Jones - a very disciplined performance from what is still an inexperienced youngster. Jones showed that he is capable of making things happen in attacking areas but that he can also provide protection to the defence. I was very impressed with his work when Wolves had the ball.

Wijnaldum - started off in the holding role, then switched to the right and gave Williams excellent protection. He looked like a player playing for a new deal and was right at the top of his game and he scored, something he does need to do more of. Especially goals that good, as it was a fantastic team move with a great finish to cap it off. It was one of his better games for Liverpool. It was also interesting that he was the one given the armband when Henderson went off.

Henderson - had an excellent game and was once again the driving force the team needed. The team might not win every game when he plays, but you know that he will never allow them to turn one in the way some other teams do. After Leicester City's title win, for example, you could see half the players thought they had done all they needed to and would barely break sweat. That will never happen while Henderson is the captain, he would not allow it.

Mane - at times his footwork was sensational. Semedo was being torn apart. It is the first time this season that Mane looked to be hitting top form. You always know when he is doing well because you actually feel sorry for his opponent as they are being made to look silly. His link up play with Robertson is particularly good.

Firmino - finally hitting form, with a couple of lovely nutmegs thrown in for good measure. It has been a difficult season for him but even on a bad day he makes the team play better. On a day like this, Firmino runs the game and brings everyone into play.

Salah - looked sharp, scored and got an assist with a lovely ball into the box for Matip's header. You have to give him credit for being there to score from Coady's mistake as well, many forwards, particularly wide ones, would have given up and not been there to pick it up. Not Salah, he was there to put pressure on Coady and hoping to force an error.

Alexander-Arnold - replaced Williams in the 68th minute. So good to see him back and delivering a beautiful ball in for the final goal. It was like the icing on the best birthday cake ever.

Jota - came on for Firmino in the 73rd minute. The game was pretty much over, but he looked determined to put it beyond doubt and worked hard to try and get involved.

Keita - gave Henderson the chance to have a rest in the 81st minute. He joined a game that was done, so it is impossible to really judge his performance.

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Leicester City News 29 Nov 2020
By The Numbers - Part 3: Leicester City

185 The Foxes new training facility is being built on a 185-acre site. All of Leicester's teams will be based on the site which previously housed Park Hill Golf Club.

11 This is Leicester's 11th time in the top flight of the English leagues.

1884 Leicester City was launched in 1884, beginning life as Leicester Fosse, named after the famous Fosse Way road that runs nearby.

4 They have reached the FA Cup final four times in their history but never actually won it.

2010 Leicester were bought by a Thai consortium led by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who became chairman the following year.

1891 Leicester moved to their Filbert Street home, where they spent the next 111 years.

1919 Following the end of World War 1, Leicester Fosse were stricken with financial problems and were taken over by a new company 'Leicester City Football Club'.

7 The Foxes have won the English second tier a record 7 times under its various names.

3 The League Cup has made its way back to Leicester 3 times.

2002 Relegation in 2002 was followed by a period in administration.

41 Leicester City have had 41 different managers so far.

78,000,000 The record transfer fee received by the Foxes was £78m for Harry Maguire from Manchester United on 5th August 2019.

40,500,000 The highest fee ever paid was a little over half of that received for Maguire when Youri Tielemans made his loan move into a permanent one from AS Monaco in 8th July 2019.

1 The Foxes have one Charity Shield in their trophy cabinet from 1971.

222 Muzzy Izzet holds the record for the most appearances in the Premier League for Leicester with 222. Though England striker Jamie Vardy is fast closing in on the record with 219 as of 26th November 2020.

110 Speaking of Vardy, his fairytale story shows no sign of coming to an end yet, he is probably the club's best-ever player and the club's top scorer ever in the Premier League with 111 goals as of 26th November 2020. Second is Riyad Mahrez, who has 39.

34 The club record for assists in the Premier League is held by Steve Guppy, with 34 which no doubt all came from his excellent crosses. Vardy is once again second in this with 30 as of 26th November 2020.

90 The most Premier League wins is surprisingly not held by Vardy, but instead Kasper Schmeichel, who has won 91 games while in the Leicester side. Vardy is close behind with 90 though as of 26th November 2020.

600 Graham Cross is the man with the most appearances in a Foxes' shirt with 600 made between 1961 and 1975.

414 While Muzzy Izzet may (just) hold the record for the most appearances in the Premier League, he is a long way behind the overall club record for top tier appearances. Though many do not realise league football actually did begin before the creation of the Premier 'Greed Is God' League in 1992, Graham Cross set the club record for top flight appearances in the 1960s and 1970s.

528 The overall league appearance record was set a few years earlier than that by Adam Black in the period between the two world wars with 528. The Scot made 557 appearances overall to sit second in that particular club record.

59 Graham Cross is again the man when it comes to appearances. His FA Cup appearance record is 59, with no one else even coming close to reaching 50 in the FA Cup so far in a Leicester shirt, it looks like it will be a record he will hold for a very long time to come!

40 For once Cross has a peer, when it comes to League Cup appearances Steve Walsh has made the same number. Walsh played for the club between 1986 and 2000, in a time when it seemed like they were always in the running to win the League Cup in its various guises.

61 In the 1991-92 season Gary Mills set a club record by making 61 appearances in total. 46 in the league, 3 in the play-offs, 2 in the FA Cup, 4 in the League Cup and 6 in the Full Members Cup.

331 Surprisingly, considering the number of games he played for the Foxes, Graham Cross is beaten to the consecutive appearance record by Mark Wallington. Between 1975 and 1982 Wallington did not miss a single match!

19 The longest spell at the club very nearly reached 20 years, as Sep Smith was on Leicester's books between 1929 and 1949 for a total of 19 years and 249 days.

15 The Foxes youngest ever player was Ashley Chambers, who made his debut in a match against Blackpool in 2005 aged just 15 years and 203 days old.

43 Mark Schwarzer was nearly three times as old as the youngest ever player when he faced Hull City in 2015 aged 43 years and 21 days old.

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Leicester City News 23 Nov 2020
Liverpool v Leicester City A Liverpool Perspective

Once again Liverpool faced Leicester at a time that really was not good for Liverpool with all their injuries and missing Mo Salah. Once again Liverpool made the Foxes look second rate, which they clearly are not. It must be pointed out that Leicester were fairly badly hit by injury, though they did still have most of their first choice players to choose from, only Ndidi, Soyuncu and one of Pereira or Castagne would most likely fit into the team. What it showed is that Leicester are still missing a lot of pieces from a championship-winning side, in a normal year, as they have not replaced Chilwell effectively.

It was an exceptional performance that showed that Klopp's talk of 'mentality monsters' is true. The more things go against them, the more they step up and the better they play. Lose 3-0 to Barcelona and no Salah for the second leg? No problem, even when Robertson goes off injured. This was a similar level of performance. It was dominant and demoralising for Leicester, just like last Christmas (how many of you are now hearing the Wham! song go round in their head now?!?) when a jetlagged Liverpool team destroyed the then second-placed Foxes.

It was the kind of performance that champions need to produce on a regular basis, if they are to hold onto the title. However, there is still a long way to go this season and, with yet another injury to contend with, there is only so much that can be done to patch the team. Wins like this will go a long way towards covering up for any injury problems as this was the kind of result that puts fear into future opponents. Just when there is a sight of a chink in the armour, the team goes and does this.

This is the way to go about building the kind of feeling of invulnerability that Liverpool had in the 80s, which saw them pick up their last league title until Klopp, even when the team was not really good enough to deserve it. It creates an aura that sees a number of opponents expect to lose and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when their heads drop at the slightest setback. It is just one game though and that must be remembered.

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They just had no answer to Liverpool's pressing and their attempts to drop off and draw the defence out did create a few moments for Vardy to counter, but the pressure on the ball made most of the balls inaccurate. They were not given time and space at all, mistakes were forced out of them and that increased the pressure as they were once again trying to chase shadows.

Tactically Rodgers made a huge mistake, he left Firmino free to go where he wanted. No doubt he had been looking at the stats, which suggest Firmino is not performing and never looked any deeper to see why it was so. Every game has seen opponents try and shut him down, to work on keeping the ball away from him as much as possible and ensuring Firmino never got any time and space when he did actually get on the ball. Every game until now, that is. As usual, when given time and space Firmino's link up play lifts Liverpool and allows them to play the way they want to.

It is the same as ever with Rodgers, he just has not quite got the tactical nous when it matters. The Foxes could really do with looking at getting someone in to analyse opponents and how to neutralise them and get at them. I am not sure who is doing that for them at the moment, but it is clear that they are getting it wrong far too often. It led to them falling away last season and it could well do the same again this season if they are not careful. I am not meaning just prior to matches, but someone to be there during the game to give Rodgers help when changes are needed mid-game. Someone within his close staff that he will listen to.

There were a couple of good signs for Leicester to get comfort from, Schmeichel played well but his distribution under pressure was poor. Fofana was excellent on the ball but his defending was rash, a real show of inexperience as he constantly sold himself trying to win a ball he was never going to get to. They also did get chances to launch a counter, but made a mess of the passes under pressure.


Klopp - what can you say? Once again Klopp has dragged a performance out of a Liverpool team that made it look like it was a first-choice team firing on all cylinders. The squad is so well coached and drilled that they can just be shuffled around to suit need on the day and it all works like a well-oiled machine. 64 unbeaten at home in the league in a row tells its own story. The one thing that does need working on is corners, the delivery was poor except for two or three good balls. Considering two of the goals came from those few good corners, it would be worth trying to ensure the frequency of good deliveries increases.

Alisson - when called upon, he was there. His quick feet and excellent starting position made a big difference to the game. It made it that much more difficult for Leicester to put a ball in behind the defence as he condensed the space available. Made an excellent double stop at one point, though Vardy should really have been flagged offside.

Milner - was brilliant at right-back, playing some excellent, incisive passes and winning the battle there with Barnes. Just when you think you are getting a handle on where his best position is, Milner puts in a performance like that and you wonder if just maybe this is where he would have been best all along. When he moved into midfield, he was just as good. He must be a dream for Klopp to work with.

Matip - started the game looking a bit rusty and allowed himself to be dragged into midfield leaving a gap in behind a few times. In the second half, whether by instruction or he was finally waking up, he dropped off with a runner, rather than chasing into their half trying to win the ball, and saw out the danger. Though, just as I was noting it down he then went and gave away a needless corner with a mistake! I do think it is rustiness though, his passing is not quite there and nor is his touch, two parts of the game he normally excels in, I expect them to come back as he shakes off the rust with a run of games.

Fabinho - an excellent game, Vardy barely got in the game and that was in large part due to him. The few times Matip got drawn out of position, he was always there to cover. He has slotted in as a centre-back like he was born to play there. At times he had that imperious quality of van Dijk at his best.

Robertson - absolutely outstanding again. Poor Tsimikas is really going to struggle to get a run of games with Robertson in this form. His link up and partnership with Mane works so well and his delivery for Firmino's goal was a great cross. It was noticeable that in the warm up he and Milner were the two doing all the talking, they were clearly talking through what everyone needed to go and getting them fired up. He is having the season of his life.

Keita - started off with a weak challenge, but then grew into the game and was much better on the ball than usual, closer to the Keita we hoped for. He did play one particular nice ball down the side to Mane which completely took Fofana out of the game. Still not doing his job well off the ball though, a lazy foul after being caught out of position is not something to be lauded, though it is an improvement. In the past he would have not even bothered to commit the foul, so it is a step forward, but there is a lot of potential to get better. The big problem is that, as usual, he is unable to stay fit. In a season like this one that is a problem as there are just too many players with similar problems in the squad. Unless he starts to do more when he is fit, to earn his place, there is little point having such a financial drain at the club.

Wijnaldum - played the deeper role, which is not really his ideal role, but it was a case of needs must. Despite playing out of position, he stepped up and put in a very good performance. Together with Jones, in particular, he shut down the Foxes midfield and forced Leicester to look longer than they wanted. When Leicester shifted to a back four, he was forced to do a bit more defensive work, but he did it very well and gradually took back control of the midfield.

Jones - involved from start to finish at both ends of the pitch. Showed good movement, worked back well to help break up attacks and was generally very good on the ball. A very impressive game from him.

Jota - tied Fuchs up in knots and had the Austrian looking leggy by the end of the first five minutes. Some of his movement was exceptional and he linked up really well. I have never been convinced by him playing from the right in the past, but he showed he can play there and play it to a very high level. I can think of no higher compliment than that he made sure we did not miss Salah. Evans was almost constantly being dragged across to cover and Jota fully deserved his goal. Arguably the best player on the pitch and yet another goal to make it 8 in 12 games (4 in 7 in the Premier League) is making it impossible to leave him out.

Firmino - played really well, his press was back and he was everywhere linking up the play. It did seem like he was cursed not to score until it finally went in for him. You have to give him plaudits for his persistence, it would have been easy to just give up trying and look for the pass. Leicester will be rueing giving him so much time and space.

Mane - absolutely destroyed Fofana time and time again. The Leicester defender ended up making desperate lunges to try and cut off the ball, rather than just trying to deal with Mane after he got it. It was clear that Fofana knew Mane had the beating of him and was just avoiding a head-to-head with him at all costs. His link up with Robertson is particularly good.

N. Williams - replaced the injured (again) Keita in the 54th minute. Fine going forward but worried me when in the defensive third as he dithered on the ball and allowed Leicester to close off the options. It was clear they realised he was a weak link and targeted him for a full press. He got away with it, but he needs to be more decisive and move it forward more quickly when deep in his own half. Better to just put it in behind them and allow the team to push up, rather than dally and allow them to apply a press when back there.

Minamino - came on late in place of Jota. The game was petering out and, while he worked hard he was unable to make an impression in the short time he had.

Origi - was brought on to replace Mane in the 89th minute as half of a double-substitution along with Minamino. Barely got into the game.

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