“What has been released in recent days is not the case”: Brendan Rodgers denies reports that Leicester has made a move for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana
- Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana runs an contract with Anfield in the summer
- Reports suggested that Leicester approached the 31-year-old’s representatives
- But Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has denied that his side has taken a step
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club has made approaches for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.
Lallana, 31, is without contract in the summer and it has been reported that the foxes have checked with his representatives.
But Rodgers, responsible for Anfield when Liverpool signed Lallana from Southampton for £ 25 million in 2014, insisted that no contact had been made.
Brendan Rodgers has denied that Leicester has made a move for Adam Lallana of Liverpool
Lallana has no contract in Liverpool in the summer and reportedly the foxes were enthusiastic
“I have seen many things about Adam and that we have approached Liverpool and what not, which is obviously not the case,” said Rodgers, whose side Manchester City takes on at home on Saturday.
“But Adam is a great player and not only that he has a great attitude.
“When I brought him to Liverpool, he was unhappy with injuries early on, but he showed that he is a fantastic player when he is fit and available.
“He is in the phase of his contract where he has options, I know that for sure.
But Rodgers insists that the Foxes made no move for the 31-year-old midfielder
“But certainly what has been displayed in recent days, that is not the case.”
Leicester remains third in the Premier League despite taking only five points from the last 15 available.
They have slipped four points behind City and will try to close the gap in an evening kick-off at the King Power Stadium.
Rodgers is convinced that City’s two-year ban on European competition will get the best out of Pep Guardiola and his players.
Rodgers was in charge of Anfield when Liverpool signed Lallana from Southampton in 2014
“It will galvanize them like a team,” said Rodgers. “In situations like this, there are questions about the club.
‘The players will become stronger, they will show that spirit, I am almost certain of that.
‘They want to show what the problems are, they are still very, very talented players.
“Of course it’s a continuous process, but I think Pep and his players are determined to end the season as strong as possible, in every competition they are in.”
Rodgers is convinced that the European ban of Manchester City will get the best out of their stars
Rodgers has meanwhile called on the authorities of the game to simplify the rules concerning offside and the video assistant referee.
Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s head of global football development, has proposed a new statement, which would mean that a player is considered on-side if part of his body is right or behind the last defender.
“It’s something to discuss,” Rodgers added. “We are probably more in controversy here with VAR and referee than we have ever had.
“The whole idea was to make it simpler and simpler for the game, so one or two things should probably happen.
Rodgers has called on referees to simplify VAR following Arsene Wenger’s comments this week
‘Yes, they have to change the rules, otherwise you will improve the technology. It all seems a bit complicated to me. “
Rodgers confirmed that Wilfred Ndidi (knee) will not be fit against City and fellow midfielder Hamza Choudhury has been suspended.
But recent loan signed by Ryan Bennett and Matty James will both be in conflict.