Brendan Rodgers’ individual chat with Jamie Vardy bore fruit when the Leicester City striker reached 100 Premier League goals in the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Rodgers said he pulled Vardy aside this week to try and help number nine get back to doing “what’s good” amidst a difficult start to restarting Vardy.
The 33-year-old had had few target points in the first four games since the restart, while his touch continued to disappoint him in the first half against Palace.
But thanks to the generosity of Harvey Barnes, he reached a century in the top flight after a four-month wait, then showed his best side with an escape ending for the third City.
He became the 29th player to reach the finish line, challenging the odds having just made his first appearance at this level at the age of 27.
“It’s a phenomenal result,” said Rodgers at Vardy’s 100th goal after the win. “Entering the championship in the advanced phase has done it and being so prolific is incredible. I have the privilege of working with a great striker.
“His story is unique when you think about what he has accomplished and what he has done. Its history and its continuous history will always be a source of inspiration.
“Recently it has been difficult for him because he hasn’t had too many chances and yesterday I had a chat with him to go back to what he’s good at.
“His pace of work is incredible and he never gives defenders a minute of peace and chases lost causes and we saw him again today.
“He has now crossed the finish line and I’m sure he will score many more goals.”
Vardy not only achieved his goal, but City achieved his victory, the first after the restart.
Rodgers said: “We needed it. Today was a real collective effort, because the protagonists of Maddison and Ricardo are still missing.
“Since we returned we have not been at our best. We weren’t too excited, but we wanted to be better.
“It was just a case of reinforcing what we are good at. Winning games give confidence and this will give us confidence for the remaining games this season. “
To get the three points, Rodgers abandoned his usual 4-1-4-1 set-up and opted for 3-4-1-2, the system he used in the second half of Everton. Paid.
“We have modified the system to increase risk and it has worked well,” he added.
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“We played 3-4-1-2 and it was to increase the pressure on the pitch and get more scorers on the pitch.
“We tried to field people who could score goals, so Albrighton had to fill the field as a corner kick.
“James Justin was in third place and was against one of the best opponents in the league, and Zaha didn’t have many changes. It has done very well.
“And the guys who entered the game did very well.”