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Leicester’s exorcise books to banish ghosts explained before Liverpool game

Leicester's shellshocked players were given exorcise books to banish the ghosts of last season's late collapse.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers got his men to write down and spell out exactly where they felt they'd gone wrong.

Leicester seemed stitched on to claim a Champions League spot before limping home with just two wins from their last 10 games to finish fifth.

Rodgers takes his Premier League leaders to former club Liverpool for Sunday night's big game revealing his thinking.

Rodgers said: “We went away to The Grove for some team building and part of it was looking at why we had such a fantastic season and then just fell short.

“It was a case of understanding it rather than ignoring it. It was something that helped. We looked at it honestly and openly and it was asking the players a serious question and their response was good.

“Rather than dwell on it, it was then in the past and allowed us to build a great base to look forward to the challenges.”

Challenges don't come much bigger than a return to Anfield where Rodgers came so close to delivering the title back in 2014.

He still feels that for many he will never be able to cast aside the way the Premier League quite literally slipped out of Liverpool 's hands.

Steven Gerrard's costly slip in the 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea saw Rodgers men blow the title after a fantastic season and Rodgers reckons that it will always stick with some people.

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He added: “I think it's just something that's always attached with you. I'm not sure that will ever change – probably never. We'll see how it goes.

“That season was so special from the way we played and how close we went. But there's always a narrative whether that's a positive one or negative.”

He joked: “If we won the title with Leicester there'd be some who'd say it was only because of Jamie Vardy!”

Rodgers has nothing but praise for the job that Jurgen Klopp has done in delivering the title back to Anfield after an agonising 30-year wait.

He added: “From the moment I went into work at the Melwood training ground, you couldn't help but be aware of the history.

“I'd drive in there and when you walked through the doors, the European Cup sat in reception.

“You had to walk past it every single day and that immediately gave you the mindset that you had to be at your best.”

Rodgers adds: “So I know first hand the job that Jurgen has done there. The expectation was huge. He's done a brilliant job.”

The Foxes face a Liverpool side ravaged by injuries and absentees including the likes of Virgil van Dyke and Mo Salah but Rodgers says that doesn't mean his side have been handed a licence to run riot.

“I don't really go with that thinking that it's a good time to play them. Yes, they are missing top players, but when you have a top level squad you always look to find a way.

“Jurgen will give confidence to the players coming in. They will still have a world class side whoever comes in.

“I've seen that from our perspective. Players who came in for us have been first class. Liverpool are still a formidable side.”

LEICESTER (3-4-2-1) vs Liverpool:Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Castagne, Tielemans, Mendy, Justin; Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

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