The Reds boss, like the rest of his squad not away with national teams, took a few days off but returned to the club's AXA training complex to fill his spare time advancing plans for his summer rebuild. While that did not include the recruitment of a new sporting director, with Julian Ward set to leave at the end of the season, there were extensive talks on whom to target to bolster the squad with the focus on reinforcing midfield, with Borussia Dortmund's England international Jude Bellingham a long-term priority. "That is the only thing we do in the international break, apart from have a few days off," said Klopp.
The prolific striker withdrew from Norway's recent Euro 2024 qualifiers after suffering a groin injury in City's FA Cup victory over Burnley a fortnight ago. Haaland, who has scored 42 goals in all competitions this season, will be assessed after City's final training session ahead of the lunchtime encounter at the Etihad Stadium. City, who trail leaders Arsenal by eight points with a game in hand, have a big few weeks ahead.
The Foxes are among the nine teams separated by just four points in the bottom half of the table and lie a point above the drop zone after taking a solitary point from their last five league games. However, Rodgers was encouraged by the way that point was achieved at Brentford in the last fixture before the international break and will be hoping for more of the same against relegation rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. "Most coaches are never going to be blessed to be only working with winning teams and be up there challenging for titles," Rodgers said.