Brendan Rodgers once fumed at Liverpool stars who swapped shirts at half-time

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    Brendan Rodgers was absolutely seething after learning that two of his Liverpool stars had swapped shirts with a couple of Chelsea players at half-time during their crunch Premier League clash in December 2013.

    The last few weeks of it aside, the 2013/14 season should bring back plenty of fond memories for Rodgers, who came to within a Gerrard slip of sealing Liverpool's first league title in nearly a quarter-of-a-century.

    After losing 2-1 to Manchester City on Boxing Day having initially led in the game, the Reds repeated the feat against Chelsea three days later with goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o cancelling out Martin Skrtel's fourth-minute opener.

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    After the game, Rodgers was told by reporters that Mamadou Sakho and Philippe Coutinho had swapped shirts with Eto'o and Oscar as they walked off the pitch at half-time, at which point Liverpool were trailing.

    "Well one, I didn't know that," Rodgers replied, with a face like thunder. "And two, thanks for telling me, because I don't like that," he added before cutting the press conference short and heading for the dressing room.

    Whatever stern message Rodgers relayed to his players after that obviously worked as they went on an mesmerizing 16-game unbeaten run, which came to an agonising end when Chelsea visited Anfield in April – with Demba Ba iconically nicking the ball off Gerrard to score the winner.

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    Rodgers will be hoping to kickstart a similar sort of run with his inconsistent Leicester side, who visit Anfield themselves today, sitting just four points above the drop-zone.

    After a torrid start to the season, the Foxes broke for the World Cup having won five times in six matches, but a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Newcastle earlier this week all but distinguished their Christmas cheer.

    Liverpool meanwhile are looking to close the gap on the top four after having clawed their way back up the table following a similarly dodgy start to the campaign.


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