Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers' Arsenal Reaction, Plus Fitness Update On Barnes & Evans

Brendan Rodgers highlighted Leicester City's inability to keep hold of possession following the Foxes' 3-1 defeat by Arsenal in the Premier League at King Power Stadium on Sunday.
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- Leicester City fell to a 3-1 reverse against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday
- David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé netted after Youri Tielemans' opener
- Brendan Rodgers was frustrated by City's inability to keep hold of the ball in the defeat
- Updates are provided on Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans, who picked up injury concerns

City took the lead on Filbert Way after just six minutes as Youri Tielemans netted his sixth top-flight goal of the season, but David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé would later find the net for the visitors from north London.

Reflecting on just Leicester's third defeat in 18 matches, Rodgers told LCFC TV: "It’s a disappointing result. I don’t think we were really good in our performance level. I thought we looked a wee bit flat, a bit static, especially in the first half.

"We went with 4-4-2 but there wasn’t enough movement in it, it was too static for my liking, but in the second half we were a bit better.

"We got off to a good start in the game, with a really good goal, but I still didn’t think we were taking the ball as much as we would want to.

We still had chances. Kels (Kelechi Iheanacho) had a chance at the end, where it could have gone to 3-2 with a couple of minutes to go, you never know, but overall, we didn’t deserve to win the game.

Brendan Rodgers LCFC TV

"In the moments we did that and played through the pressure, we had opportunities, but I thought we were a wee bit lacking in energy in the game. The second half was better, but we’re disappointed with the third goal. They can drop their lines then, they’re 3-1 up, and they can control the game from deeper.

"We still had chances. Kels (Kelechi Iheanacho) had a chance at the end, where it could have gone to 3-2 with a couple of minutes to go, you never know, but overall, we didn’t deserve to win the game.

The Northern Irishman believes Leicester surrendered possession too often in the game to be deserving of more, but was nonetheless enthused by his side's determination to keep going late on.

"I didn’t think we started great, but we obviously got the goal," he continued. "After that, we had moments to take the ball, but we were too loose with our passing. Sometimes, that’s a sign of tiredness, how often you’re giving the ball away. We gave the ball up far too cheaply too many times.

"We still felt that we could go and create and score, but we gave away the third goal, which is a disappointing goal. We weren’t aggressive enough.

"They had one guy, we had three guys around the ball, and they end up breaking away from that pressure and they get a little bit of luck in the box, as it drops to him to finish. At 3-1, it’s tough then, but credit to the players. They kept going, but they just couldn’t find a way back in."

Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans, meanwhile, were withdrawn in the second half with injuries and Rodgers was able to provide an update on both at full-time.

"Harvey will be out for a number of weeks now," the 48-year-old explained. "He probably needs an operation on his knee, which is a huge blow for us.

"Of course, Jonny has had a calf issue for a period of time. We’re managing that, but he felt it too much today, so we’ll have to wait 24 hours on that I think."

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