Brendan Rodgers has set a realistic end-of-year target after his Leicester City side lost to Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night - the 1-0 defeat in Ukraine meaning the Foxes have now gone four games without a victory.
The Foxes were shocked by an 84th-minute winner from 19-year-old Allahyar Sayyadmanesh as Luhansk took all three points. Despite the loss making no odds on Leicester's chances of qualification into the next round, their form has become a cause for concern.
Since beating Wolves in early November, Leicester have failed to win a game in four matches, with a draw and three defeats.
When questioned about Leicester's recent results post-match, Rodgers said: “I’m not too disappointed with tonight, Liverpool and particularly Fulham disappointed me but we knew what tonight was in terms of getting game time into players we needed to, and I felt our performance overall was not too bad.
“We now arrive into a tough game at the weekend [against Sheffield United] but that was what the season was going to be for us. You think of the number of things we’ve had to contend with, what with injuries and whatnot, I think the players have been fantastic up to this point.
“Am I concerned? No, not really. We’re disappointed. But we’ve got such a long way to go in the season," he added.
“It’s part of the season. Liverpool and Fulham, we didn’t play so well. The second half against Fulham was okay, but it wasn’t good enough to get a result. Braga we drew, tonight’s a loss. It’s not concerning. It’s going to be the season," Rodgers admitted. "We have so many games and we’ve had a number of players injured.
“I was disappointed after the Fulham game, but tonight, only for the players because I think they gave so much to the game."
Rodgers was also keen to keep feet on the ground in terms of their league expectations. The Northern Irishman told reporters: "If we could be around that top six or seven into the new year, with everything we’ve had to cope with so far, that would be really, really good for us."
The Foxes who currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League travel to Bramall Lane to take on struggling Sheffield United this weekend.