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‘Ridiculous’ to play Man City, Liverpool in 48 hours: Rodgers

Rodgers’
side host Liverpool on Tuesday following their extraordinary 6-3 defeat by the
Premier League champions on Boxing Day, when Leicester were without a number of
first-team regulars.

“It’s a
ridiculous schedule, we all know that. Players aren’t fully recovered for 72
hours after a game so for us to be playing on Tuesday against Liverpool is
ridiculous,” Rodgers said on Monday.

“We
have to play the game so there will be virtually no physical work, just
recovery work and then we’ll look at some videos and prepare from there.”

Ryan
Bertrand did not feature at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday after twisting his
knee in the warm-up, while Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi were not brought on
from the bench due to hamstring problems.

Ricardo
Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana are among a host of
others who remain sidelined due to injury.

Rodgers
added that his team were at a disadvantage since Liverpool had the weekend off
following the postponement of their Boxing Day clash against Leeds United to a
COVID-19 outbreak in the opposition camp.

“Liverpool
haven’t played since our League Cup game (last week) so they’ll be able to
bring players back in. That’s what we have to deal with. It’s a huge challenge
for us but it’s a challenge we’re up for,” he said.

“I
don’t think we can (make many changes). In the last few seasons we’ve been able
to do that but we certainly won’t be able to do that. Some of the players will
have to go again.”

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Leicester
are 10th in the league standings with 22 points from 17 games, 19 points adrift
of second-placed Liverpool.

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