James Maddison insists Leicester are ‘fortunate’ to have Brendan Rodgers and has labelled the Foxes boss as a ‘top-level manager’.
Rodgers has overseen an impressive period of improvement with Leicester and has helped turn the club into challengers for the top four, the Foxes currently third in the Premier League after narrowly missing out on Champions League football last season.
Leicester host fourth-placed Liverpool this weekend in a huge clash between the top four rivals, and Maddison has lavished praise on Rodgers’ managerial ability and desire to improve his players at the King Power Stadium.
Maddison has emerged as one of Leicester’s most influential players in recent weeks and has scored six goals and provided five assists so far this season, outlining his determination to continue improving as he looks to earn a recall with England.
“He [Brendan Rodgers] is a top-level manager, we are fortunate to have him here. Every single player is a better player under him, that is a fact. He cares about making you a better player,” Maddison told Football Focus.
“When you have a manager who goes beyond to make you a better player, it is a great thing.
“I want to be the best player James Maddison can be. The way I can do that is put pressure on myself. I want everyone questioning me because that is what drives me.
“Some people like to go under the radar – and that is not wrong – but, for me, I want my name in everyone’s mouth.
“One of the things that has made me get a lot of goals and assists in the last few months is because I heard Jamie Carragher say my numbers weren’t good enough. I didn’t go into my shell after that, that was adding fuel to my engine.
“I always back myself and believe in myself because that has got me to where I am today.”