BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed he “loved every minute” of his return to the Premier League as Leicester boss despite a last-minute defeat
BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed he “loved every minute” of his return to the Premier League as Leicester boss despite a last-minute defeat to Watford.
The former Celtic manager was named the new Foxes gaffer earlier this week after Claude Puel’s sacking but he was denied a debut point by Andre Gray’s late strike.
Rodgers, 46, is back managing in England’s top-flight for the first time since he was sacked by Liverpool following a poor run of results in October 2015.
His Leicester reign looked to be getting off to a respectable start after Jamie Vardy’s 10th goal of the season cancelled out Troy Deeney’s first-half header.
However, Gray struck late to continue Rodgers’ dismal run in maiden games as a boss – having failed to win his first game at Liverpool, Swansea, Reading and Watford.
Leicester remain 11th in the table having the missed the chance to leapfrog Everton but despite this, the former Watford manager is remaining upbeat.
He told Match of the Day: “Performance-wise it was something new for the players and they worked very, very well. It will take time to impose a lot of the ideas we want.
“There were a lot of good signs. I was pleased despite not getting the result.
“I thought some of the intensity of our pressing was good. We did a lot of things well. It gives me great hope going forward.
“I loved every minute. It has been a great week working with the players. I said whatever the result, for me I only wanted to see spirit and intensity and I saw that.
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“It gives us a great opportunity to go forward and build on some of the good points from today.”
In a bid to improve his squad, Rodgers will go back to the Scottish Premiership to land a new signing this summer – but it won’t be from his old club Celtic.
The Irishman is reported to be interested in Rangers’ striker Alfredo Morelos, as he looks to turn the Foxes back into a side that can threaten the top six.
Morelos has become a firm favourite among Rangers supporters with swashbuckling displays that have brought him 46 goals in just 83 appearances in all competitions.