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Despite being in the box seat for a top-four finish, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players will be as eager as ever to defeat Chelsea tomorrow evening at Stamford Bridge.

Following Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, in which the Foxes won the trophy for the first time in their history with a 1-0 victory, the two clubs will meet for the second time in four days in west London tomorrow evening.

Whilst Leicester City and Chelsea competed in the world’s oldest domestic league, Liverpool and West Ham United had the opportunity to gain ground and make the chase for the top four that much more excitement ahead of the final two rounds of Premier League action.

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Whilst West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening, Liverpool won their third consecutive Premier League match in the most dramatic circumstances possible on Sunday afternoon, coming from behind to defeat already-relegated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns, with goalkeeper Alisson heading home a corner in stoppage time.

Jurgen Klopp’s side climbed to within one point of Chelsea in fourth place, ensuring the Blues’ match against Leicester tomorrow evening will be under a lot of pressure.

Liverpool are still just three points behind Leicester, which means that a victory for Chelsea tomorrow evening and a win for Liverpool at Burnley on Wednesday will bring the Reds level on points with the Foxes.

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Despite Alisson’s dramatic winner, which gave Klopp’s side a significant advantage in the chase for the top four, Rodgers has remained unconcerned.

There’s no ramifications for us,” said Rodgers, following Liverpool’s late victory over the Baggies. “We have to control what we do and we have it in our hands.

“We’ve got European football but we have two games to arrive in the top-four. We can only control what we have ourselves.

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“Big Sam [Allardyce] will be disappointed because they defended well. We have a great opportunity to qualify and we intend to take it.”

Given Liverpool’s recent form, Leicester and Chelsea must be under pressure ahead of tomorrow evening’s crucial match, with the Merseyside outfit ready to pounce on any errors.

However, after defeating the Blues at Wembley on Saturday, Rodgers will be hoping for a repeat performance tomorrow evening, implying that his players will go all out to get the better of Thomas Tuchel’s side.

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“When you are a club that wants to win, you know sometimes you will fall short,” added the Northern Irishman. “They are in the Champions League final for a reason. They’ve got an excellent squad.

“We have to work hard and be equally aggressive and see if we can make our chances count.”

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Expert issues ‘shock’ verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

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Expert issues 'shock' verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

Despite a broken leg, Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira might be out for as little as “six to eight weeks.”

According to Ben Dinnery, who operates the Premier Injuries website and has a background in medical and data analysis, this is the case.

In last Wednesday’s League Cup match at Anfield, Tyler Morton, 19, of Liverpool, avoided a red card for his rash challenge on Ricardo Pereira.

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As reported by The Sun last Sunday (26 December), Brendan Rodgers stated that Pereira had a “fractured fibula” as a result of the challenge.

It was the right-first back’s game back following a 12-match layoff due to a hamstring injury.

But, as Dinnery says, Pereira’s injury isn’t as serious as the average person may think.

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“We say broken leg and think it’s always long-term, but it shocks some people to know that’s not always true,” he told Football Insider‘s, Adam Williams.

“It’s a fractured fibula, so it’s non-weight-bearing. He isn’t exactly pain-free but on the scale of injuries, it isn’t too serious.

“There have been examples of players returning in four or five weeks. I would suggest in this instance that it is more likely to be six to eight weeks.

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“If we were looking at an ACL then it’s a significant amount of time on the sidelines, so he’ll be grateful it isn’t that.

“I’m not aware of any plans for surgery, so we can assume that it is non-displaced and doesn’t need any fixation.”

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To Lineker’s relief, Patson Daka can perfectly fill Vardy’s shoes

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Gary Lineker, like almost everybody else was worried that in Vardy’s absence, Leicester City would struggle to get goals and points. He admitted himself, “…before, without Vardy, you think: ‘Blimey, we are going to really struggle.”

But those worries are out through the window now, as Brendan Rodgers’ side seem to have found the right choice should Jaime run out of form or get injured. 23-year old Zambian, Patson Daka, sealed The Foxes’ win over Man United, then scored four times when his side thrashed Spartak Moscow in last week’s Europa League meet.

The Zambian is a needed relief for Gary, who now has less fears about his former team’s striking force. “…and it does look like they now have someone to line up as a replacement for Vardy,” Lineker said about Daka and Leicester.

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Gary praised Rodgers’ signings, terming certain players as great, and talents. “Generally, the recruitment has been just wonderful. According to the former England striker, one of Leicester’s latest signees, James Justin would have played for England had it not been for an injury.

Since getting back into the top flight League, then winning the title in 2015-2016, the Foxes have highly relied on Vardy as their main attacker, and his absence have most times landed the team in a tough sport.

But with such brilliant new signings, the 2021 FA Cup winners could be in for some great games and even trophies as they now have more options to choose from.

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Dennis Praet doesn’t know what he has that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like

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Dennis Praet doesn’t know what he has that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like

Former Sampdoria midfielder, Dennis Praet, recalls the great times he had at Leicester City and still can’t wrap his brains around what he did wrong to be sent away on loan. Apparently, the 27-year old likes England more than Italy, where he currently resides.

After a two-season time at Leicester where he thinks he performed well, the Belgian was loaned off to Torino for the 2021-2022 season, and he doesn’t think his form was bad enough to not play at Leicester.

Praet, who plays for the red-hot Belgium national team, says many people at the Premier League side Leicester City do not understand why he “disappeared” after last season. Well, he doesn’t know the reason either.

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The 2014 Belgian Golden shoe winner left Italian side Sampdoria for the EPL in 2019 and seemingly didn’t think he would be rejoining Serie A so soon, that too on loan.

“I must have something that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like, but I don’t know what,” Praet lamented, obviously feeling that from his side, he hasn’t done anything worth being sidelined or “lend away.”

Torino have him on loan but can also buy him for 15 million pounds when the season ends. If he impresses, he might go back to Leicester next season, or have Torino hold on to him.

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When 2021-2022 ends, his display at Torino will play the biggest part in whatever happens and his career afterwards. Hopefully, he will have the answers to his questions by then.

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