Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has defended Hamza Choudhury for his challenge on Liverpool’s Mo Salah, saying that “it wasn’t even a bad tackle”.
Salah limped off in the final minutes of his side’s 2-1 win over the Foxes before the international break and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Genk, having missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw away against Manchester United.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp Klopp was left angry at Choudhury’s challenge and questioned why the midfielder only received a yellow card, but speaking to the Daily Mirror, Rodgers hit back at the Liverpool manager.
“The reaction to Hamza was right over the top for me. The boy went in to make a tackle,” Rodgers said. “Mo Salah is a world-class player but you can tackle him. It wasn’t even a bad tackle.
“You have to ensure they stay aggressive because that is their game, without overstepping the line. If you look at the team we play in an aggressive but sporting way.
“Young Hamza is one of those lads that play on the limit and is fighting for his career. His strength is recovering the ball and retrieving the ball, which he is very good at, and he is learning other aspects of his game.
“The only way is constant work and talking with him.”
Liverpool and Leicester have both made strong starts to the Premier League season, sitting top and third respectively after 10 games.