Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insisted there is never a good time to play Liverpool despite the Premier League champions suffering a number of injuries.
The former Liverpool boss confirmed a double injury increase of himself before the matches and agreed with the notion of bringing five substitutes back to the Premier League matches.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are expected to miss a large part of the campaign for Jurgen Klopp, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah will also be unavailable this weekend.
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Rodgers takes his side to Anfield on Sunday in five consecutive victories in all competitions before the international break, but has a theory that adversity could bring out the best in his opponents.
Asked about injury problems for Klopp giving Leicester an advantage, Rodgers replied: “Not really. They have top-class players.
“We have seen for ourselves with our injuries that the players have come in and done really well – and it will be the same for them.
“It’s going to be a really hard game.”
Northern Ireland revealed that the trip to Anfield comes too early for Ricardo Pereira, Wilfried Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu, but Timothy Castagne and Wesley Fofana are available.
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“Liverpool are an incredible club, they have been Premier League champions and European champions,” Rodgers continued. “They are a top-tier team. We know we have to be the best to get a result.
“It is extremely difficult. Even with missing players, it is still a team of world-class players. You will need to be aggressive when defending and being clinically on the attack. You want to play the best, and it clearly has been. “
Rodgers claimed he has not thought about a potential title challenge this season after a strong start, but agreed with Klopp in his desire to reintroduce the five replacement rules to the Premier League.
“As it has evolved and seen the intensity of the games and look forward to it, I would not mind being able to use five subs,” he added. “From a player management perspective, it would definitely benefit it.”