Leicester City manager Brenda Rodgers

Leicester City manager Brenda Rodgers has blamed referee Andy Madley after they were eliminated from the Carabao Cupp by Liverpool on post-match penalties.

The Reds were 3-1 down at half-time but fought back through goals from Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino before winning the tie on penalties 5-4.

Rodgers was unhappy, in particular, with a challenge from Tyler Morton on Ricardo Pereira that earned the Liverpool teenager a yellow card.

“It was a poor challenge but I thought the referee was poor all night. There were bookings that should have gone in the first half, Madders (James Maddison) is away and if he is away he makes the pass, and then we are through into the dangerous position.

“It was Jordan Henderson who was clever and took the foul, but there was no yellow card. In the second half, he was given a yellow card for not a great deal. I thought the referee was poor,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers claims come at a time when teams are doing all they can to have all their players fit in the busy Christmas period with certain sides having been forced to play games without fully fit players.

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