Liverpool face a similar point in history right now. Bob Paisley’s men were on a 63 match unbeaten record when Leicester came and ended it. Now Jurgen Klopp’s men are on the same precipice and face Leicester at Anfield now. Will Leicester end Liverpool’s run or will Liverpool take one step closer to Chelsea’s record of 86?
History is in Leicester’s side
When Leicester ended Liverpool’s unbeaten run last time, Liverpool had suffered injuries to major players. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Kennedy, Alan Hansen and David Fairclough were all injured in that match. Now Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander Arnold, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are injured. Mohamed Salah is out of the match with coronavirus and Thiago is a doubt to start. Liverpool’s team is stretched at the moment with a crisis in lack of defenders.
However it would be a big mistake to write this team off at this moment. Liverpool played without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and had to use their second choice attackers against the mighty Barcelona. We all saw the greatest comeback in the Champions League unfold before our very eyes then. This is what the Liverpool team is capable of and like Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are ‘mentality monsters’. They will use this setback as motivation and they’ve always come back stronger.
It is also important to check this point. Last season Leicester was challenging for Liverpool for the first place in the Premier League. It was near to the end of the year and Liverpool went to visit Leicester then. Liverpool absolutely ripped apart Leicester and showed everyone why they were worthy of being the champions. This is that point of time as Leicester are league leaders. Liverpool can take back their first place with a win here.
Brendan Rodgers isn’t a pushover
However, Brendan Rodgers isn’t a pushover. He nearly guided Liverpool to its first Premier League title in the 2013/14 season. He has reinvented himself and has found great success at Celtic and Leicester. Leicester have been a better team when he is in charge and they all love him. Under him Jamie Vardy has found his consistency and terrorizes small and big teams now.
Liverpool is at a weak position in terms of its defense and who better to exploit it than Jamie Vardy? The Reds will be forced to play its young defenders due to the injury crisis and Jamie Vardy can use that to his advantage. Their inexperience can be his calling card.
While Liverpool is short in defense, their attack is not lacking much. Mohamed Salah will be absent, but Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota will link up now. Thiago can very well make it tomorrow and that will add a whole new dimension to Liverpool. Leicester have their own injuries with Kasper Scmeichel suffering a head injury in the International Break.
Taking all this into consideration, we predict that there will be no shortage of goals. Liverpool is likely to win this match 2-1 and reclaim the top position.
Confirmed: Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Daniel Amartey
Doubtful: Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana
Confirmed: Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Hendeson, Trent Alexander Arnold, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Joe Gomez, Mohamed Salah (virus)
Doubtful: Thiago Alcantara
Liverpool: Alisson, James Milner, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijandlum, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Christian Fuchs, Timothy Castagne, Youri Tielemans, Nampalys Mendy, James Justin, James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes.