sport news IAN LADYMAN: Stop sniping at Brendan Rodgers... he deserves more respect

IAN LADYMAN: Stop sniping at Brendan Rodgers... it is pleasing to see him smashing glass ceilings with Leicester, he deserves more respect Brendan Rodgers returns to Liverpool on Sunday with high-flying Leicester side The way the 47-year-old is perceived in the game is interesting in wider context Still people talk about his time at Liverpool and 2013-14 when he almost won title

By Ian Ladyman for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 20 November 2020 | Updated: 23:06 GMT, 20 November 2020

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After his Leicester team beat Leeds 4-1 at Elland Road last month, Brendan Rodgers was posed a question.

‘I was asked how it felt to have outdone the master tacticians Marcelo Bielsa, Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta this season,’ said the Leicester manager with a smile on Friday.

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‘With all due respect, Mikel has been a manager at Arsenal for less than one year. I have been coaching for nearly 25 years. But listen, you only ever want respect for your work and I am sure that will come if you can work well.’

Brendan Rodgers returns to Liverpool on Sunday with his high-flying Leicester outfit

Brendan Rodgers returns to Liverpool on Sunday with his high-flying Leicester outfit

Rodgers was talking on Friday in terms of respect for British coaches. But the way the 47-year-old is perceived in the game is interesting in the wider context, too. On Sunday he takes his team to champions Liverpool as Premier League leaders.

Last season Rodgers guided Leicester into the European places and he won multiple trophies at Celtic. Still, though, people talk about his time at Liverpool and 2013-14 when he almost led them to the title. He was asked on Friday if a time will ever come when people associate him with other achievements.

‘Probably never,’ he answered. ‘That’s how it goes. It is eight years since I went in there and I like to think I have evolved a lot as a manager. I was 39 when I went in.

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