Danny Simpson has backed Premier League leaders Leicester to ‘react in the right way’ when they face Manchester City at home on Tuesday night.
The East Midlands side had won three games on the spin heading into Boxing Day’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield – but fell to a 1-0 defeat, with Christian Benteke netting the only goal of the game.
It was only Leicester’s second defeat in 18 top-flight games, with boss Claudio Ranieri urging his players to remain relaxed over their surprise title tilt.
Their title credentials will face another stern test when they take on Manuel Pellegrini’s City line-up, with the men from Manchester in confident mood after sinking Sunderland with ease on Saturday.
Simpson is relishing the challenge, however, and told Foxes Player: “We are devastated and it is a setback but we will bounce back; we have great spirit and great characters.
“We are an honest bunch and we will look at it and react in the right way and there is no better way than to react against Man City.”
Ranieri withdrew star men Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on Merseyside, with one eye on the City game.
The Italian said: “Both were tired and Vardy played with a fever and I didn’t want to give him more minutes to play, I wanted to preserve him.
“I think Vardy will be okay. Danny Drinkwater has trained alone all week, and he could be fit.
“City is another fantastic test.”