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EPL: Leicester can qualify for Champions League under Brendan Rodgers, Klopp says



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he believes Leicester City have the potential to finish in the top four under his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester are third in the Premier League after a strong start to the season and will overtake Manchester City if they beat league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Foxes were the last team outside the ‘Top Six’ to qualify for the Champions League when they won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season, and Klopp insists they have a squad capable of breaking back into the top four.

“It looks like that, 100 per cent,” he said.

“There is no difference to other top six teams apart from maybe the name.

“You can see that it is built from the back. The goalie is still there, there is no doubt about him.

“The defence looks really solid in each position, midfield creative and hardworking, offensively very creative and very straight forward as well. That is how you build a team.”

Rodgers managed Liverpool for three-and-a-bit seasons before he was sacked in October 2015, with Klopp arriving as his replacement at Anfield.

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The German expects Rodgers to receive a warm welcome when he returns to the club this weekend.

“I hope from the fans it will be okay,” said Klopp, who currently rents a house owned by Rodgers from his time on Merseyside.

“From my side it is fine. All the issues are sorted which we had a few years ago from when we started living in the house!

We love living there and it is all good, we’ve paid our rent to him so I’m not sure he still has to work but he is still doing it!

“He is doing really well, I am not surprised about that. I knew when I came here that he was not the reason that things didn’t work out.

“Since then he did an incredible job at Celtic and now at Leicester. A lot of the players were there before him but he’s made some really good signings.

“A brilliant team. What they do is really good, I don’t have to say that I think everybody knows at the moment.

“When you watch Leicester games it is exciting, fresh and [they] defend well, play football and counter-attacks are threatening.”


Covid-19: I tested positive after the premier league suspension, Brendan Rogers, reveals



Brendan Rogers

Leicester City head coach, Brendan Rodgers, has revealed that he had the novel COVID-19 after the Premier League was suspended in March.

Rodgers, who said he has now fully recovered from the virus, disclosed this in an interview with BBC radio.

The 47-year-old said:

“My wife and I had it [COVID-19] just after the Premier League was suspended.

“One week later, I started to struggle, I had no smell and taste, and it was the same with my wife.

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“I could hardly walk, and It reminded me of climbing mountain Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless.

“I went for a run, and I could not do it. I was so weak and had a weird sensation for three weeks of having no taste.”

Rodgers is now the second manager in the Premier League to confirm he had the virus after Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta.

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Apollo Crews: Nigerian-born wrestler wins first WWE US Champion title



Nigerian-born America wrestler Sesugh Uhaa popularly known as Apollo Crews has clinched the United States Championship on Monday Night Raw.

The 32-year-old heavily built fighter, dethroned former champion, Andrade, to win his first-ever title in the WWE rings.

According to newsmen, the immediate ex-champion didn’t respond well to the defeat handed to him by his opposition

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The victory would delight Crews after stopping the person who prevented him from participating in the Money in the Bank ladder match.

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Reacting to his victory, he wrote;

I can finally say I’ve won my first title in @WWE.” Congratulations, @WWEApollo!!! #WWERaw“.

Reports reveal that the 32-year-old had booked his place in the men’s event ahead of his clash with Andrade on the April 27 edition of Raw.

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However, he tweaked his knee over the course of the bout, and El Idolo subsequently targeted it to such an extent the referee called for the bell.

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Russia to allow some spectators in stadiums when top flight matches resume



Russia’s Sports Minister said on Friday he welcomed a decision by the authorities to allow spectators into stadiums when matches in the country’s top professional football league resume next month.

The Russian Premier League halted matches in mid-March because of the COVID-19 crisis and is set to resume action on June 21.

“It’s important that the football championship resumes in the presence of spectators, even though small in number,” Russian news agencies quoted Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin as saying.

“I watched Bundesliga matches. The mood is very strange. There isn’t enough emotion. Without spectators, the matches do not look the way we are used to.”

Several European professional leagues resumed matches this month, including German’s top professional league, but without spectators.

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Russia’s consumer health watchdog agreed on Thursday that stadiums could welcome spectators at Russian Premier League matches if they took up no more than 10 percent of a given venue’s capacity.

League champions Zenit St Petersburg currently leads the standings on 50 points after 22 matches played.

Lokomotiv Moscow and Krasnodar are second and third respectively, nine points behind the leaders.

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Earlier this month, Russia said it would allow foreign athletes competing in its domestic sports leagues to enter the country even though its borders remain closed to foreigners.

It said the move was designed to help clubs resume training.

As of Friday, Russia had recorded 387,623 cases of the novel coronavirus, the third-highest reported total in the world after the U.S. and Brazil

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