While Leicester City prepare for a visit to Merseyside to compete against Liverpool, James Maddison has been talking about his Reds fan mum.
When Leicester City are playing at their most devastating level, the poise and preeminent vision and technique of midfield playmaker James Maddison becomes the clear nucleus of the Foxes team.
There are as important players in the side, such as Wilfred Ndidi – or Papy Mendy – and Jamie Vardy. Yet, when attacking, without the intelligence and style of a Maddison, it is less likely that athletes like the No.9 would be as effective.
Why managers like Gareth Southgate – current England boss, and predictable “yes man” – don’t rate or appreciate “Madders” as a generational footballer and the caring, likeable guy he is, is beyond me.
I can assure you that the 23-year-old’s ill-advised visit to a casino after withdrawing from an England squad did damage. Although Southgate said Maddison was allowed to make his own decision as his health had improved, the boss was lying: Southgate did not want any representatives doing anything near to that on his watch.
Leicester City’s James Maddison talks Liverpool supporting mother
“She’ll be watching the game closely and I’ll be making sure that she’s supporting Leicester and not Liverpool.
“I always take the mick out of her and tell her she is just a glory hunter, but she and my Auntie Catherine are big Liverpool fans and have been for years. I’ve seen pictures of them when they were younger in Liverpool tops so she’s not just one of those fake ones who’s jumped on the bandwagon.”
Let’s quickly look forward to Leicester’s trip to Portugal to play SC Braga on Thursday. Braga were considered the Foxes‘ Main rivals for Group G supremacy during the early stages of the Europa League. But after being clattered 4-0 at King Power Stadium, a victory at Estadio Municipal de Braga would guarantee Rodgers’ men progress to the Knockout Rounds. Currently the former are three points above their opponents and six ahead of third placed AEK Athens.