Liverpool v Leicester preview: Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield for first time as Foxes look to end winning run

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers at the King Power stadium

Brendan Rodgers is playing down Leicester's hopes of finishing in the top six this season as he prepares for an emotional return to Anfield for the first time since leaving the club four years ago.

Rodgers was famously a Steven Gerrard tumble away from taking Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2014 when he led an astonishing title challenge.

He couldn't take the club forward from there and was sacked in 2015 and replaced by Jurgen Klopp, who also came within a whisker of ending the team's long wait for a league title last year after a record season still left them a point short of Manchester City.

Liverpool have won all seven games this season, stretching their Premier League winning run to 16 in total, just two behind City's record of 18 - which they will equal if they can win their next two significant fixtures.

Brendan Rodgers during his time in charge of Liverpool

Firstly, it's the return of Rodgers to Anfield with his high-flying Foxes, before a trip to Old Trafford to face arch rivals Manchester United. Rodgers insists he is relishing the challenge of trying to end Liverpool's winning streak.

"I'm really looking forward to it because I haven't been back since I left," Rodgers added.

"They're an incredible club. They've been amazing in these last couple of years.

"It was great for me in my time there, I learned so much. I'm looking forward to going back, it will be a tough game but we'll look to embrace that challenge and have a good week's training leading into it."

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Playing down top six chances

Rodgers played down suggestions Leicester are on course to gatecrash the Premier League top six after a convincing 5-0 victory over hapless Newcastle on Sunday.

The Foxes collected their fourth win from their last five top-flight fixtures to climb up to third, two points behind Man City and seven off leaders Liverpool ahead of their meeting on Saturday.

"It's still very early, we're not getting carried away, that's for sure," the Leicester manager added.

"The top six have been there for a number of years.

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"The numbers show that they actually in the last few years have grown away from those teams below.

"For us we're in a process of getting better and improving and (the win over Newcastle) was a good measure of where we're at from when we last played them. A few months on, the players have shown really good progress.

"There's a lot of work to do. It's a long season, the top two teams are at a really, really high level. Our job is to be as competitive as we can and let's see where it takes us."

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