Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers: Be As Loud & Proud As You Can

Leicester City's supporters have an 'absolutely critical' role to play in the Boxing Day visit of Liverpool to King Power Stadium, says Brendan Rodgers.
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- Brendan Rodgers issues a rallying cry to the Blue Army ahead of Leicester City's Boxing Day clash with Liverpool (8pm kick-off)
- The Northern Irishman says the Club's 'amazing' supporters can have an 'absolutely critical' role
- City can close the gap to the league leaders to seven points with a victory over the Reds
- Live coverage begins at 5pm on LCFC Radio, which is available for free on LCFC.com

The Foxes are currently second in the Premier League standings, 10 points behind the Reds, ahead of a clash which has all the ingredients of being a modern classic on Filbert Way.

Jürgen Klopp's men emerged from an October clash between the two sides as narrow victors back in October, but Rodgers believes home advantage could play an enormous role on Thursday.

Asked for his pre-match message to the Foxes faithful earlier this week, the former Reds manager said: "Be as loud and as proud as you possibly can.

"We aim on the pitch to fight as hard as we possibly can for the result and that synergy between that fight and the noise from the stands is absolutely critical for us.

Obviously, we’re playing at home, so the intensity of the crowd can really help us.

Brendan Rodgers

"So, the King Power’s an amazing stadium when we get it going and it’s that combination with the two. We’ll be fighting hard on the pitch in order to do that.

"If we can get that from the stands, to help us with the amazing support that we’ve had, then that combination can hopefully lead us to a great result."

Rodgers believes his youthful Foxes squad can draw confidence from that meeting at Anfield two months ago, but insists chances must be taken when they arrive on Thursday.

"Well, we had a really good game up at Anfield against them earlier on in the season," he continued. "Of course, we [had] to defend well, but we should have come out of that game with a draw.

"I think it’s a combination of everything. You need to be at the very best level in your game.

"Obviously, we’re playing at home, so the intensity of the crowd can really help us as well and, when the opportunities come, you have to be able to take those opportunities, as well as defending well.

"So, it’s a combination of mini facets in the game that you need to be at a really high level in and that’s what we aim to do."

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