Rodgers visits players after win, promises ‘special things on horizon’

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Leicester City is looking ahead to better times after the firing of Claude Puel, the hiring of Brendan Rodgers, and a 2-1 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.

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“We want to look up rather than down now,” said Harry Maguire. “The performances haven’t been too bad but the results haven’t been good enough.”

The performance was good enough for three points on Tuesday, though Davy Propper pulled a goal back for the Seagulls after Leicester went ahead 2-0.

Leicester interim manager Mike Stowall said the club is expecting Rodgers to instill consistency and as growth mindset in the team.

“He’s got great experience working with young players and we’ve got plenty,” Stowall said. “He’s got a presentation for them to show them what he expects on and off the pitch so I look forward to seeing that as well.”

“He’s pleased. He just spoke to the lads in the dressing room. He was proud of them and liked the spirit and he promised them there are special things on the horizon.”

Rodgers had a big personality and will quickly move to quell unrest at a club rumored to be plagued by “player power” spearheaded by striker Jamie Vardy.

And Maguire thinks the statement of Rodgers leaving Celtic for the KP is a loud one.

“I’m excited to get started, we all know his profile and what he’s done,” Maguire said. “We’re all looking forward to working with him. … Celtic are a massive club so it shows how big Leicester are getting and our ambitions. It’s exciting times. We know he’s coached a lot of young players and we hope he can bring them on. We’re all excited.”

Sloppy Liverpool trips up v. Leicester City (video)

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  • Mane scores in third minute
  • Maguire levels before break
  • Reds only manage 3 shots on target

Liverpool barely took advantage of its stumbling rivals, drawing Leicester City 1-1 at Anfield on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane scored for the Reds, who have a five-point lead on Manchester City and a seven-point advantage over Spurs. Man City lost at Newcastle on Tuesday.

Harry Maguire grabbed the equalizer for Leicester City, who were fortunate not to concede a second half penalty. The Foxes are 11th with 32 points.

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Andy Robertson‘s square pass bounced off Jonny Evans en route to Mane, who took a touch before slotting a third minute shot inside the far post.

But much like Newcastle versus Man City a day earlier, the Foxes didn’t shrink away. And Liverpool seemingly helped the visitors’ cause, Alisson Becker in particular.

Maguire got a deserved equalizer in first half stoppage, as a third ball into the box off a botched free kick was calmly slotted by the English World Cup hero.

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Alisson stopped Liverpool from conceding an own goal with a fine reaction in the 53rd.

Liverpool were denied penalty shouts when Naby Keita was taken down in the box.

Premier League: Leicester City vs. West Ham United

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  • West Ham took four of six points last season
  • West Ham leads all-time 52W-31D-47L

West Ham United and Leicester City meet Saturday at King Power Stadium with a long list of similarities between the two clubs (Watch live at 12:30 p.m ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Both sides wanted to take the next step from last season and compete for a Top Six place, and both have yet to do so.

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Both have lost back-to-back matches and are in danger of taking a genuine step back from the pack of those chasing top-half finishes.

And both have fixture lists providing opportunities to rise well up the table, starting Saturday.

Leicester’s 12 points have it five points and three places above 14th place West Ham.

What they’re saying

Leicester City’s Harry Maguire on the match: I think we’re probably both looking for comfortable top-half finishes, thinking can we push and fight for the seventh place. Both are probably happy with the way they’re playing at the start of the season, but maybe the results could have gone a little bit better. It’s going to be an interesting game, one that’s hard to predict and probably the best team who perform on the day will go out and get the three points and we feel like we’ve got enough in our team to go out and get the three points on Saturday.”

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini aims for long run“I feel that we are improving, yes. If you see the game against Tottenham, the team that deserved it, maybe made more chances to win was our tam but, we didn’t. So in the last four games, three of them, we can agree we are playing well but in in the last three games, we didn’t score goals. Something is missing, to create more chances, you must score, but we start working defending and improving a lot, now we need to score the chances we create.”

Prediction

It should be a beaut under the bright lights, with tough tackles and plenty of countering depending on who’s holding the ball. Look for both sides to score, and perhaps just that. 1-1.

Leicester City tops punchless Newcastle United

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  • Yedlin concedes penalty
  • Vardy converts from spot
  • Maguire heads Maddison corner home

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire scored as Leicester City waltzed past punchless Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin conceded a penalty for Newcastle, who was unlucky not to earn a chance of their own when Ayoze Perez was blocked by Maguire.

Leicester is now 7th, three points back of the Top Four, while Newcastle remains 18th with just two points.

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There were chances inside of five minutes for both teams, with Ayoze Perez’s shot blocked by Leicester and Kelechi Iheanacho grounding a shot to Newcastle backstop Martin Dubravka.

Leicester had all of the play for the next 10 minutes, but Joselu had the next best chance when he dribbled toward the end line but the Spaniard’s indecisiveness and favor of his left-footed only led to a corner kick.

Mohamed Diame headed just wide from Christian Atsu‘s left wing cross in the 22nd minute.

Maguire, who was the force in stopping Joselu’s earlier chance, forced Dubravka into conceding a corner kick at the other end in the 28th minute.

DeAndre Yedlin conceded a 29th minute penalty, leaping to block a shot with his arm. Dubravka went the right way but couldn’t reach Vardy’s penalty kick.

Jonjo Shelvey thought he’d caught Kasper Schmeichel off his line from within the Newcastle half, but the Leicester keeper tracked back to slap down the effort.

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Ayoze Perez looked to have won a penalty on a Maguire block in the 50th minute, but perhaps his exaggerated reaction dissuaded a call from Simon Hooper.

Leicester City underlined the win with a James Maddison corner for Maguire to head past Dubravka.

Maguire signs new deal with Leicester City

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Harry Maguire‘s just coming into his prime, and he’s being paid like it, too.

The Leicester City back made his name on the world stage this summer during England’s World Cup run, earning links to Manchester United and other destinations.

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But Maguire, 25, felt he owed it to Leicester to give them more time. For one thing, he’s only been there a year. For another, they brought him from Hull City after the Tigers’ relegation campaign. From LCFC.com:

“Ever since I came to this Club, I’ve always reiterated how good they’ve been to me. They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League and built a great platform for me to go and perform at the World Cup, so I thank them a lot. I owe them a lot and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Leicester and Maguire have agreed to a new five-year deal, putting the Sheffield-born man in Foxes blue well into the future.

The 12-times capped Maguire has appeared 42 times for Leicester since arriving from Hull, where he made 32 PL appearances. It’s a good move for both sides, as Leicester has shown promise in the past two seasons after their post-title wobble.

The only one who won’t like the move is Manchester United, who will now have to dig deeper into its pockets if they want to pry Maguire from Leicester (if he even wants to go).