Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has said he believes his side have tamed the Anfield atmosphere on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Liverpool.
The Foxes led 2-0, 3-1 on the night, although they continued their tendency of the season to defend loosely as the Reds increased the pressure in the second half.
Ultimately, a smart finish from Diogo Jota and a last-breath equalizer from Takumi Minamino brought the tie on penalties. From there, Liverpool won 5-4, with Jota finishing the decisive penalty in front of Leicester fans.
Although Rodgers’ side have been wiped out by injury issues recently, he has lined up a solid side for the trip to Anfield, while his counterpart Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes to the squad which started against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. .
After the game Rodgers was asked about the noise inside the stadium as Liverpool pushed in the second half and whether that contributed to his side’s collapse in the second half.
“The crowd here is an exceptional crowd,” said the Northern Irishman, according to ViaPlay. “They really support their team. I thought we weathered this storm in the second half.
“Obviously you come in six minutes of added time and they pushed everything against us Liverpool, but we were able to hold it back. And like I said, it’s a shame you conceded the goal so late. “
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Rodgers was often the beneficiary of a noisy Anfield during his tenure on Merseyside between 2012 and 2015, when he was eventually replaced by Klopp.
During the 2013-14 season Rodgers was on the verge of winning a shock title for Liverpool, although in the end the team fell short.
While Rodgers has come a little way to restore his reputation as a manager after being sacked by the Reds – he won the FA Cup with Leicester last season – his side are having a tough season.
The elimination from the Coupe de la Ligue follows the team’s exit from the Europa League, as it occupies a disappointing ninth position in the Premier League table.