It’s Liverpool against Leicester on Saturday at Anfield and it’s also the league leaders against the third-placed surprise. Since Brendan Rodgers took charge of The Foxes back in February, they are the third-best team overall in the Premier League, with only Liverpool and Manchester City on better records.
Last weekend Leicester trashed a poor Newcastle side home at King Power Stadium and after Newcastle was reduced to ten men, Leicester could go on and win their biggest ever win in the Premier League – 5-0.
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Jamie Vardy scored twice in that game and have now joined fellow English strikers Harry Kane and Callum Wilson on a season total of five goals.
For Liverpool it was a very narrow win at Bramall Lane the other weekend, coming away with a 1-0 win after Dean Henderson in the Sheffield goal helped Gini Wijnaldum’s shot to cross the line.
A more thrilling game was Liverpool vs Salzburg in midweek. Liverpool needed a win in the second round of the Champions League after a loss to Napoli in Italy on an opening day. It also looked like The Reds would cruise on to an easy victory when Mo Salah followed in the footsteps of Sadio Mané and Andy Robertson and made it 3-0 to the home side after 35 minutes. Salzburg, however, responded with 3-1 just before the break and came out flying in the second half.
Liverpool looked totally out of shape and Joe Gomez, who replaced Joel Matip in central defence, was all over the place.
3-1 turned to 3-3 when we reached the hour mark and Anfield was in shock.
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With James Milner coming on to steady the ship and Divock Origi to offer something new in attack Mo Salah managed to get his second of the game and Liverpool’s fourth, securing a 4-3 victory at the end of the night.
Jürgen Klopp talked in his presser after the game that if Liverpool would give away the same space again against Leicester, then Jamie Vardy would certainly thrive and enjoy himself behind the high line of defence.
For Liverpool, this game could end up as a blessing in disguise with defensive issues coming up to the surface, while Liverpool still went on to win the game and earn the important three points.
Liverpool will be prepared in a totally different way against Leicester and even though the result, of course, did hurt Salzburg a lot, there is a risk that it will hurt Leicester even more.
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Jürgen Klopp will most surely have Joel Matip back in defence and all but a configuration to the very high defensive line would surprise.
Liverpool will probably fall deeper, rather having Leicester establish play in attack than having James Maddison and Youri Tielemans to find Jamie Vardy in the space behind.
Alisson Becker is set to be very close to a return and question is whether the three goals conceded on Wednesday will change anything regarding that. The feeling is that Adrián will play again and that the Brazilian instead will enjoy two more weeks of preparations during the international break and make his comeback away to Manchester United when Premier League football returns.
With Wednesday in mind, we expect Liverpool to be a bit more careful and aiming for control all over the pitch. Maybe a pass more in midfield, rather than all-out attack and forget about your defensive set up? Add the quality of Leicester to that and I think it’s a good bet to play Draw at Half Time at 11/8.
Last time these two met at Anfield, it was a snowy winter evening and one of those games that Liverpool could look back to during the run-in with Manchester City and curse themselves for not winning. Sadio Mané opening the scoring, but Leicester came back and it all ended 1-1.
Leicester was actually the only team along Manchester City to manage to steal a point at Anfield last season. But have in mind that they were led by Claude Puel at the time, a defensive manager that has a great record against Liverpool.
For Brendan Rodgers, this will be the first time that he faces the team he was a slip away from leading to the Premier League title. It’s divided among the fan base when you scroll the social media, but you would expect Liverpool to applause the man when he arrives on Saturday.
All About Mane’?
Looking back at the game from January Sadio Mané was the man that opened the scoring after just three minutes. He was also the man who opened the scoring against Salzburg (after nine minutes) and should’ve been the one to do it against Sheffield as well last weekend. One chance was totally wasted after a perfect long ball from Virgil van Dijk and later on, the post was the only thing stopping him from opening the score.
We back Sadio Mané To Score First on Saturday and we’re doing so at 4/1.
Going back to the headline we think that Salzburg actually destroyed the Vardy Party before it actually began. Liverpool were exposed with a shaky defence and Jürgen Klopp will use all time possible before the game to make sure no such openings are given away again.
Fabinho will play a massive part in closing down the creative midfield of Leicester but Virgil van Dijk will also be forced to step up his own game even further and to steady the whole defence.
We think Liverpool will find their way to win this but looking at the markets for backing a home win only, the odds doesn’t excite us. The best you get at the moment is probably around 4/9.
Our addition is Liverpool to keep the clean sheet as well, thinking that whether it’s Adrián making his last appearance (for now) or Alisson that returns, the keepers will have something special to prove. The team will also have their focus shifted and Klopp will surely use his German vocabulary to anyone who doesn’t follow guidelines.
Liverpool To Win To Nil is backed at 13/8.