(Reuters) - Brendan Rodgers hailed Leicester City’s talisman Jamie Vardy after his hat-trick in a 5-2 win against Manchester City on Sunday but has warned his side against relying too heavily on the English striker.
Vardy, 33, drilled in a pair of penalties either side of a deft back-heel finish, with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also getting on the scoresheet as Leicester romped to victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Seven different players have found the net for Leicester and Rodgers hopes that will continue over the course of the season.
“For me, it’s just having the possibility for numbers of players to score. Jamie’s the talisman up there at the top end of the field and gets his hat-trick, gets his goals,” Rodgers said.
“But we have other players that can score. You see Harvey Barnes today, how close he was on a few occasions. Maddison came into the game, scoring. And Youri showed great composure.
“All in all, it’s important to have various goalscorers. But of course, your guys at the top end of the field will always be up there to score.”
Leicester, who are top of the table with three wins from three, face West Ham United in the league on Sunday.
Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru
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