Brendan Rodgers is hoping to salvage Leicester City’s season by engaging in psychological warfare with his beleaguered squad.
The 47-year-old Northern Irishman was spotted leaving a Leicester post office this morning carrying 25 envelopes, leading to speculation he’ll try the same tactic he used on his Liverpool players in 2012.Football is back! Hallelujah! Get the latest odds at PaddyPower.com
Shortly after arriving at Anfield, Rodgers showed his squad three envelopes which he claimed contained the names of three players he predicted would let the club down that season.
And the ploy seemed to work a treat, as Rodgers inspired his Liverpool team to the dizzy heights of 7th place in the Premier League and a Round of 32 exit in the Europa League.
Now, with his Leicester City side plummeting down the table faster than Felix Baumgartner strapped to a grand piano, Rodgers believes it’s time to bring the old trick out of mothballs.
We caught up with the former Celtic boss in his office at Leicester’s Belvoir Drive Training Ground, as he made preparations for Thursday night’s team talk:
‘I’ve a squad filled to the brim with wonderful humans and great characters but the b*stards could get me the sack if they’re not careful’, grinned Rodgers with that manic look in his eye.
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‘So, I’ve developed a revolutionary new technique I feel will turn our season around’, he said while licking and sealing an empty envelope.
The former Swansea manager then directed us to a whiteboard plastered with spider diagrams, complex mathematical equations and photographs of Steven Avery’s auto salvage yard:
‘I tried to whittle it down to three players at first, but to be honest, they’ve all been sh*te since the restart’.
‘So as part of Thursday night’s team talk, I’ll be telling the boys each of their names are in an envelope’.
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‘And if my calculations are correct, we might still catch Liverpool’, he cackled before throwing a dart at a picture of Jurgen Klopp.
Meanwhile, as the race for a top-four finish intensifies, Manchester United have lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League after match officials failed to award them a penalty during Monday night’s clash with Southampton.
Reacting to the news, SkySports pundit and former United defender Gary Neville said:
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