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Brendan Rodgers learned one of his most valuable coaching principles by listening to legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rodgers has received plaudits this season for guiding Leicester to third in the Premier League.

Only Manchester City and Liverpool have collected more points than the Foxes since Rodgers took over at the King Power in February, and for all the East Midlands side’s attacking endeavour they boast the joint-best defensive record in the league this season.

Rodgers seems to have already vindicated his decision to leave Celtic after seven successive domestic trophies, and the Northern Irishman told The Athletic some golden advice he heard from Ferguson which inspired his improvement as a coach following his departure from Liverpool in 2015, where he was sacked a year-and-a-half after almost winning the title.

“When I first moved into management, I took every session, planned every session, and then everyone fitted around that,” Rodgers said.

“But what I’ve learned, in particular from probably the Liverpool experience, when I went away and reflected on that.

“And I remember Sir Alex [Ferguson] talking about this, saying that one of the greatest traits that you can have is observation.

“And that’s very difficult when you’re a young manager, when you’re starting out, because you’re trying to create the model.

“What I did at Celtic, after that experience at Liverpool, was I created the vision: ‘This is how we’re going to work, these are the standards we’ll be judged on.’

“Create an environment, coach a lot — every day on the pitch to impose the way, and the principles of how we want to work — and then over time I can take a step back.

“And by that stage, any new coaches that I inherit when I come into a club, they understand clearly how I work.”

Leicester face fifth-place Arsenal at home on Saturday (5.30pm) and could boost their top-four hopes with victory.

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