Brendan Rodgers has pleaded with Leicester’s fans not to desert his Champions League chasers, in a message reminiscent of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.
Rodgers is seeking a seventh Premier League win in a row and wants supporters to stay until the final whistle to back his resurgent team against Watford on Wednesday night.
Leicester secured a dramatic victory over Everton on Sunday with Kelechi Iheanacho’s winner coming four minutes into added time, while they have also scored crucial late goals against Sheffield United, Tottenham and Burnley this season.
Rodgers is not criticising or blaming Leicester’s fans for leaving early but has evoked memories of Klopp as his own team hunt down a European place.
Four years ago Klopp admitted he felt “pretty alone” after a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, as fans walked out after a late goal, and Rodgers is also making a heartfelt address to the home crowd.
“I think my message is ‘supporters, don’t leave early’. This is a team that whether we’re at 9-0 or 1-1, we want you here because we will go right to the end,” he said.