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Rodgers: Lallana is a 'wonderful' player


Adam Lallana. Photo: Jon Super

Adam Lallana. Photo: Jon Super

Adam Lallana. Photo: Jon Super

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has denied the club have made any approaches for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.

Lallana, 31, is out of contract in the summer and it has been reported that the Foxes have made enquiries with his representatives.

But Rodgers, in charge at Anfield when Liverpool signed Lallana from Southampton for £25million in 2014, insisted no contact had been made.

"I've seen a lot of stuff around Adam and that we've approached Liverpool and what not, which obviously isn't the case," said Rodgers, whose side take on Manchester City at home tomorrow. "But Adam is a wonderful player and not only that he's got a great attitude.

"When I took him into Liverpool he was unfortunate early on with injuries, but he showed when he's fit and available he's a fantastic player.

"He's at the stage of his contract where he will have options I'm sure. But certainly what's been put out there over these last few days, it's not the case."

Leicester remain third in the Premier League despite taking only five points from the last 15 available.

They have slipped four points behind City and will bid to close the gap in an evening kick-off at the King Power Stadium.

Rodgers is convinced City's two-year ban from European competition will bring the best out of Pep Guardiola and his players.

"It will galvanise them as a squad," Rodgers said. "These types of situations where there's questions around the club. "The players will become stronger for it, they will show that spirit, I'm pretty much sure of that. They'll want to show no matter what the issues are, they're still very, very talented players."

Rodgers, meanwhile, has called on the game's authorities to simplify the rules surrounding offside and the video assistant referee.

Arsene Wenger, FIFA's chief of global football development, has proposed a new ruling, which would mean a player would be deemed onside if any part of his body is level or behind the last defender. He said: "Yes, they need to change the rules, or you make the technology better. For me, it all seems a little bit complicated."