Brendan Rodgers has labelled Jamie Vardy as ‘one of the best strikers in Europe’ and has revealed how he gets the best out of Leicester’s talisman.
Vardy has been a key figure in the Leicester side for several seasons and is now the club’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all-time, the forward reaching a century of Premier League goals last season on his way to winning the division’s Golden Boot.
The 33-year-old has continued his rich vein of form during the current campaign and has scored nine goals in just nine league starts, including a late winner to secure a 2-1 victory at Sheffield United last weekend.
Vardy’s goals will once again be crucial to Leicester’s hopes of securing a top four finish and Champions League qualification this season, and Rodgers has opened up on how he gets the best from a player he regards as one of the finest forwards on the continent.
“You let the player know that you believe in him. He’s a striker that I’ve always admired. We try to feed into the front players as quickly as we possibly can,” he said at his pre match press conference.
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“We have to give him quality service, and when we do that there’s not many players better. When he’s away on goal, you don’t think of anything but ‘goal’
“He gets me and what I’m looking for. He’s got the personality, and my ideal footballer has that mental strength. We have to play to the strengths and quality to one of the best strikers in Europe”
Leicester currently sit fourth in the Premier League and are three points adrift of league leaders Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brighton at the King Power Stadium.
Vardy is expected to return to the side after being rested for the midweek Europa League victory over AEK Athens, with Rodgers’ side securing their progress to the knockout stages as group winners.