Brendan Rodgers expects Erling Haaland to play Leicester in the Premier League

Brendan Rodgers welcomed the opportunity to test his players against Erling Haaland, despite the forward’s ridiculous form so far this season.

The 22-year-old gave Manchester City a scare after coming out against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola said he had a fever and a foot injury after the 0-0 draw.

Haaland has 17 Premier League goals this season and 22 in 16 games in all competitions since his £51m move from Dortmund, but Rodgers is looking forward to having his men test themselves when City visit King Power Stadium on Saturday.

He said: “You want to see the best players. The beauty of the Premier League is that we have the chance to see a genuine world-class player develop behind our backs. I really hope he plays.

“He’s a brilliant player. Everyone can see the talent. He’s a born scorer and he clearly works at it. He never misses a run, but the biggest thing for me has been his hunger and the effort he puts in to be the best player. he can be.
“He’s a young player who works on his game. He has that hunger to be the best he can be. I hope he plays, it’s great to compare himself to the best talent and he’s a great talent.”

City, who are two points behind leaders Arsenal, will lead with the win, with the Gunners not playing Nottingham Forest until Sunday.

“It’s a team that has incredible quality,” said Rodgers.

“You know defensively you’ll have to work. I’m a big admirer of Pep and his work. We understand the challenges of the game, but we also prepare for the times when we can be a threat.

“You have to defend well and be aggressive. You have to be that lucky along the way, but we know we can score goals.”


Jonny Evans (calf) will be evaluated while Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring) has returned to training, but the game could come too soon. Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) are still out.

Leicester emerged from the bottom of the table with Sunday’s 4-0 win over Wolves and are 17th, two points above the relegation zone.

“There’s a different feeling in the team when you’re winning games,” added Rodgers.

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