Brendan Rodgers frustrated Leicester haven’t gotten any help from owners in the transfer window

Brendan Rodgers has expressed his frustration at Leicester City owners after a quiet transfer window after admitting his struggling side face an uphill battle in the Premier League.

Rodgers had to pick up the pieces after a frustrating summer and home fans vented their disappointment again after a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United on Thursday as they are bottom of the table with just one point from five games.

Wesley Fofana and Kasper Schmeichel left after Ademola Lookman’s loan expired, while third-choice goalkeeper Alex Smithies and deadline-day Wout Faes signed everything that came the other way.

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha explained their limited transfer approach in his program notes ahead of Thursday night’s game, which ended in boos after the final whistle after Jadon Sancho’s goal proved enough to give United all three points and the leaving foxes in the end.

“I’m glad the window is closed, if I’m being honest,” Foxes boss Rodgers said. “I mean, there were huge distractions for that window.

“You will have read the program notes and seen the situation the club is in so to watch practically every single club in the top five leagues bring players in and we haven’t been able to improve, that’s been difficult. not just as a manager, but for the players, because the players want to compete.

“This group showed they can compete but we needed (help) – but unfortunately we couldn’t get it.

“So in terms of results, it’s my responsibility. I’ll take this.

“We should have won now. We were in a couple of games and in really good positions but we couldn’t pull it off so I totally get it.

“Fans want to see the team win and if they don’t, they will tell you.

“So for us, we’re not going to hide behind the rock and walk away. We’re ready to fight now, but it’s going to be really, really important that the fans really get behind the players.

“As I said, it’s a really challenging situation not being able to freshen up this team and this group of players.

“We really need their encouragement and help to push the players through.

“We’ll win sooner rather than later but we really need them behind us and that’s important.”

While Rodgers was going through a testing window, United ended the summer having strengthened in a number of areas.

Cristiano Ronaldo started off the bench on a night when the transfer deadline passed without a much-discussed departure.

Antony completed his big move from Ajax on Thursday and the Brazil international will be pushing to be included against leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Erik Ten Hag’s men are making further progress after their miserable start to the season and left the King Power Stadium with a third straight Premier League win.

Ten Hag called up an unchanged side for a third game in a row, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo started off the bench on a night when the transfer deadline passed without a much-discussed departure taking place.

Antony completed his big move from Ajax on Thursday and the Brazil international will be pushing to be included against leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“Maybe that’s too quick to say (we’ve turned a corner),” Ten Hag said. “We’re happy with that, that’s for sure.

“You can see a team being set up, a squad being set up, they stick together.

“They support each other, they fight for each other, they cooperate – that’s important – and when you do that you get the right results and that’s what we’ve done the last three games.

“Now we have to keep improving, we have to keep improving. Sunday, a really good game, a really good test, so we’re happy.”

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