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The Leicester City fans convinced their football-watching lives had peaked back in 2016 may have just cause to reconsider.

Of course nobody expects the Foxes to repeat the 5,000-1 Premier League title triumph that is regarded as one of the most astonishing sporting tales of all time.

But there is growing evidence that those immortal images of Claudio Ranieri and Wes Morgan lifting the Premier League trophy three-and-a-half years ago need not necessarily be the end of Leicester's success.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and captain Wes Morgan lift the Premier League in 2016

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and captain Wes Morgan lift the Premier League in 2016

It was an astonishing triumph by a team rated 5,000-1 to win the title before the season started

It was an astonishing triumph by a team rated 5,000-1 to win the title before the season started

The stars aligned for them in 2015-16. Not only did they have a brilliant manager and a team of many talents, but many of their principal challengers melted away.

Chelsea, the reigning champions, slumped to a mid-table finish amid Jose Mourinho strife. were struggling to recover their identity post-Ferguson.

Liverpool and Manchester City found themselves in a trough before their resurgences under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola respectively. Arsenal and Tottenham didn't have the stamina to stick Leicester's pace.

This season, it's clear already that Liverpool and City are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack and will likely compete for the title.

Beyond that, it's anyone's guess and there is absolutely no reason why Leicester can't finish third or fourth and enjoy another Champions League adventure next season.

What is considered the Premier League's 'top six' quickly re-established themselves in the three seasons since Leicester had the audacity to leave them all with bloody noses.

Leicester reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League before losing to Atletico Madrid

Leicester reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League before losing to Atletico Madrid

There's no reason why Leicester can't be rubbing shoulders with illustrious company again

There's no reason why Leicester can't be rubbing shoulders with illustrious company again

But with United, Tottenham and Arsenal all plagued with issues and doubts, an excellent opportunity presents itself for Leicester to once again take a great big pickaxe to English football's glass ceiling.

Friday night's 9-0 annihilation of Southampton, a result which re-wrote the record books of the English top-flight, confirmed they intend to do precisely that.

The present Leicester side are equally as exciting and entertaining as Ranieri's 2016 vintage. They play their game without fear, confident in their brand of high intensity, hard running, attack minded football.

Since Brendan Rodgers was appointed at the end of February to replace Claude Puel, this Leicester side have looked better with every passing match. Rodgers will set no boundaries on what the team can accomplish.

As we saw from his time in charge of Liverpool and Celtic, Rodgers champions a very watchable style of football and improves the players at his disposal.

Leicester are third in the Premier League table following a brilliant start to the season

Leicester are third in the Premier League table following a brilliant start to the season

Brendan Rodgers has certainly improved the Leicester team since he arrived in February

Brendan Rodgers has certainly improved the Leicester team since he arrived in February

He was backed in the transfer market over the summer, with chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanprabha sanctioning the club record £40million purchase of Youri Tielemans after his impressive loan spell.

The club also spent £30m on Ayoze Perez and £18m on Dennis Praet, even before the £80m sale of Harry Maguire to .

It was Aiyawatt's way of saying he trusted Rodgers and his ideas and was also completely devoted to the club despite the tragic death of his father Vichai in a helicopter crash a year ago.

As the solemn commemorations of the past few days have again shown,

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