Clash of the titans as Champions meet Premier League leaders in a thriller match up
Liverpool 2-2 Leicester
both of these brilliant teams have already suffered ups and downs in form.
Liverpool were handed the beating of a lifetime against Aston Villa, going down 7-2 in one of the greatest shocks in modern football.
However, since then they have battled form and injuries to dance up to third position and just a point off the top spot as things stand before any fixtures are played this weekend.
As for Leicester, they have gone through three phases of form already this season. They started like a house on fire, dismantling Manchester City 5-2, before losing two on the bounce and slipping out of the top four.
However, since then, and more importantly since Jamie Vardy returned from injury, Leicester have recovered their quality and won their last three matches to take them to the top of the league.
This should be a cracker.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Have coped reasonably well with several injuries across the team
Are still only a point off the top spot, despite not being at their best
Reasons to be fearful:
More defensive injuries to worry about
Leicester’s quality will trouble them
Liverpool are on the brink of history this weekend, with the chance to break the Reds’ longest unbeaten home run in their history, a record stretching back to 1980.
They currently sit on 63 unbeaten league games at Anfield. In a huge coincidence, the team who ended their unbeaten streak 40 years ago was none other than Leicester – the Reds will be hoping that does not happen this time around.
Unfortunately, Liverpool’s injury list has grown even more extensive since the International break. Key man Mo Salah misses out due to Covid-19, while Fabinho is likely to be the only senior player fit in central defence.
Of all the teams to have a depleted squad against, Leicester is probably not the one you want to face, especially with Jamie Vardy’s pace in behind.
Liverpool will still feel they have the quality to get something from the game, however.
Star Man – Diogo Jota
Is in great form, and with Mo Salah out now has greater pressure on his shoulders to deliver
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Reasons to be cheerful
Beaten Arsenal, Leeds and Wolves on the bounce
Playing terrific football at the moment
Reasons to be fearful
Liverpool are unbeaten at home in 63 matches
Only taken one point against Liverpool in six games
Leicester fully deserve to be top of the Premier League on current form.
Even when they won the league back in 2015-16, The Foxes did not start the campaign as well as they have done this season. It’s their best start to a Premier League campaign ever, with six wins from eight games.
The two back to back defeats they suffered seem to have been long forgotten, and the return of Vardy from injury has propelled them back up the table. There is now serious belief they can challenge for silverware this season.
It will, of course, take a monumental effort to beat Liverpool at Anfield this weekend, even if their opponents have been weakened through injuries and Covid-19.
Liverpool are still dangerous and Leicester will need to be at their best to claim something from it.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
The likes of Maddison and Barnes have also chipped in recently, but Vardy knows he is the key player here.
Leicester could take the lead with a fast start
Liverpool’s replacements have a big job on their hands
Should be goals at either end
Even with a fully fit team, Liverpool would find themselves up against a tough opponent in Leicester this weekend.
As it is, they will have to do without many first team regulars and in some cases, call upon youngsters to fill in. The performances of these replacements could go some way in deciding the match.
One thing they must do is keep Vardy quiet, which is easier said than done. Liverpool could get something from the match, but only if they keep it tight at the back.
Liverpool 2-2 Leicester