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Leicester City may get Carabao Cup bye over Liverpool forfeit threat with trophy on players' minds



City could receive Carabao Cup bye

Leicester City could be given a bye to the Carabao Cup semi-finals if Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp follows through on his threat to pull his side out of the competition.

City are in the hat for the quarter-finals – the draw taking place at 8.45 on Thursday morning – alongside Liverpool, who progressed to the last eight on penalties after a 5-5 draw with Arsenal.

But after the match, Klopp said he could withdraw his side, with the quarter-finals scheduled to play while the Reds are competing in the Club World Cup.

If City were to draw Liverpool in the quarter-finals and then the Reds dropped out, Brendan Rodgers' side would be handed a spot in the final four.

Read Klopp's statement here.

Trophy needed to be written into folklore

Brendan Rodgers' squad "wants to be remembered as a really good Leicester City team" and that means claiming silverware, goalkeeper Danny Ward believes.

For the third successive season, City are just two steps from Wembley, where they will have an opportunity to lift a trophy and secure a Europa League spot.

On the players' minds as they look to write themselves into City folklore.

"We want to be successful as a group and we want to be remembered as a really, really good Leicester City team," said Ward.

“We want to have something to show for our efforts. In years from now people will look back on this team with affection and say they've achieved something special and had something at the end to show for it. "

Read more from the goalkeeper here.

Gray fulfilled brief at Burton

Demarai Gray fulfilled his brief to help Leicester City overcome Burton in the Carabao Cup and boost his Premier League football chances.

The 23-year-old winger was involved in the build-up to all three goals, setting Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet away for the first two, before teeing up James Maddison for the third sealing match.

Assistant manager Chris Davies said Gray did exactly what was asked of him.

"We know all about Dimi," said Davies. “He's been involved in all three goals.

“We ask all of our attacking players to first press and defend with aggression, and when we have said it, to be creative and dynamic, make runs and create chances, and he did that. It was a good night for Dimi. "

Read Davies' verdict on Iheanacho here.

'£ 100m' City beat valiant Burton

Nigel Clough was "very proud" of his Burton Albion team after they pushed Leicester City all the way to Tuesday night's Carabao Cup fourth round tie.

The Foxes ultimately ran out 3-1 winners at Pirelli Stadium to book a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers made nine changes to the side that started Southampton's record-breaking 9-0 thrashing in the Premier League but it was still a tough task for League One Albion.

"We think their starting 11 was worth £ 100 million out there, so very difficult when you have that quality against you and give them a goal in the first few minutes," said Clough.

Read more from the Brewers manager here.


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