Why Tielemans was dropped for the Liverpool match

Youri Tielemans of Leicester City (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Youri Tielemans of Leicester City (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) /
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Youri Tielemans of Leicester City (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) /

Foxes of Leicester detail why star midfielder Youri Tielemans was dropped for Leicester City’s game versus Liverpool, following LCFC manager Brendan Rodgers’ explanation.

We all know Leicester deserved a point, if not more, at Anfield on Friday night. Alas, an underperforming Liverpool managed to scrape victory thanks to a couple of strange own goals for the hapless yet usually ultra-dependable Wout Faes.

Stalwart Wilfred Ndidi came back into the starting XI, alongside fellow defensive midfielder Boubakary Soumare. This meant omission for Tielemans – but why did Rodgers drop the Belgian for the Nigerian?

"“Wilf is in for his added physicality, which you need at Anfield. It helps us at set-pieces.”– Brendan Rodgers"

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Caglar Soyuncu could well be leaving Leicester City soon – but not for free

Leicester want Soyuncu to sign a new contract at King Power Stadium, if we believe recent talk emanating from trustworthy LCFC sources. Along with the Turkey international, two other defenders were supposedly offered extensions, too: Daniel Amartey and Jonny Evans.

While Amartey has proven himself a solid understudy and valued member of the extended Foxes squad, Evans is quite a few years older than the former. Not to mention the Northern Ireland man becoming rather injury prone as a veteran, sadly. Nevertheless, I still advocate keeping Evans, though a year-to-year deal feels adequate in this instance.

Meanwhile Soyuncu is in limbo: the east Midlands outfit want to keep him, but he rarely plays and his existing agreement is expiring swiftly. Whilst he mulls the possibility of remaining in the Premier League and England in general, hearsay puts Atletico Madrid close to securing the 26-year-old.

As of January 1, the ex-Altınordu FK player was allowed to discuss free summer transfers with external clubs. Many reports now suggest that the former Freiburg centreback is now apparently on the precipice of joining Atletico.

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TalkSPORT, for example, claim Soyuncu is close to signing a “pre-contract agreement” with Diego Simeone’s team. This would mean that the athlete switches to Spain at the end of the current season and Leicester would receive no fee. However, other chatter has sides such as Colchoneros paying a small amount to secure the move this month. The latter option is my personal preference, here, as Foxes supporter.