Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has praised James Maddison for his performances and added that his team cannot control what Liverpool do.

Leicester City beat ​Aston Villa on Sunday to make it eight consecutive league wins in a row, and Brendan Rodgers could not be more pleased with his team. The Foxes are closely maintaining their pursuit of league leaders ​Liverpool, and find themselves eight points behind. 

If Liverpool falter in their attempt to win their first-ever ​Premier League title, then it is not only ​Manchester City who could overtake them. 

Leicester are serious runners and could close the gap substantially this month, especially with Liverpool due at the King Power on Boxing Day straight after returning from the Club World Cup in Qatar.

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Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Jonny Evans were on target for the Foxes against Villa, with James Maddison notched his third assist of the season.

Rodgers, whose side are now six points ahead of third-placed Man City, told ​talkSPORT, “James is incredible with his first touch. It takes him forward and he’s just got this magical eye for seeing the pass early.

“He missed a couple in the first-half, which surprised me, because he’s normally very, very good on that last pass. But I thought he was brilliant today.

“He was absolutely of a very high level. How he took the ball, his responsibility when he didn’t have the ball to press and run. He was amazing.”

But Rodgers played down talk of a title push following their impressive display at Villa Park.

He added, “We just concentrate on ourselves, really, because we can’t really affect what Liverpool do, that’s the reality.

“They’re a brilliant team, Manchester City are a great team. So for us to even be talked about in that breath is just… we’ve earned [that right] over these last number of months of how we’ve worked together.

“So for us, it’s just about looking to develop our performance levels and keep moving forward.”