Preview and Prediction
The Reds’ hope to retain the title can be considered as officially over after their last defeat last weekend. All they can focus on now is securing the Champions League spot and attempt to win UCL this season. Sitting on the fourth is not exactly what they have in mind after the stellar season. This weekend, Mo Salah and Co will have to take on Leicester, which sits above them.
The teams’ previous games
The Foxes picked up another win while travelling to Craven Cottage last weekend. Without Jamie Vardy on their side, Leicester still managed to win 2-0 over Fulham. Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin bagged their winning goals.
Liverpool, on the other hand, slumped to a heavy loss against their contender, Manchester City at their home turf. Jurgen Klopp’s men were beaten 1-4. Ilkay Gundogan netted a brace followed by Raheem Sterling’s and Phil Foden’s goal. The Reds could only reply once by Mo Salah’s penalty.
Brendan Rodgers might deploy 3-4-2-1 formation to overcrowd their midfield and backline so that Liverpool’s attacking line will be forced to rely on long shots. Unfortunately, a number of key men are set to be sidelined such as Winfred Ndidi, Timothy Castagne, Dennis Praet and Wesley Fofana. Thus, at the back three, Johnny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu will be accompanied by James Justin while Youri Tielemans is operating in the middle as the anchorman alongside Daniel Amartey. On both flanks, Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira will be the wide men to support James Maddison and Harvey Barnes. These two key figures will support Jamie Vardy from behind.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp really needs to consider employing different formation here to switch to the unknown or forgotten ones. The 4-3-2-1 seems doable with Xerdan Shaqiri and Alex –Oxlade Chamberlain operating behind the false nine Sadio Mane or Mo Salah. In the middle, Curtis Jones and Thiago accompanied by Jordan Henderson will be functioning as the first layer of their critical defence Ozan Kabak as the centre back.
Players to watch
The return of Jamie Vardy might be a relief but the true weapons of the Foxes this season are their attacking midfielders, the trio James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes. They have scored 18 goals and made 10 assists combined.
Mo Salah might still be the top scorer of the team but he often wasted the opportunity as well. Their new signing, Thiago is expected to lead the attack in a less direct way by holding more possession. Another notable name to watch is the Swiss international Xerdan Shaqiri who actually has the potential to be the playmaker or second striker.
Leicester vs Liverpool Prediction
Jamie Vardy and Co should take advantage of Liverpool’s poor form phase now by sealing maximum points. The visitors have been lacking of intensity and clinical finish and another threat of loss is looming again for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
In this tough class, the Reds are priced to win at 22/19, whereas Leicester City’ win market is at 45/17. The draw result is at the value of 11/4. .