Liverpool is preparing for a match with Leicester, who is extremely well in form this season beating Manchester City for 5 goals was a humiliation. With troubling injuries of Reds, this season and Covid concerns affected the club badly. Egyptian, Salah the spine of the attacking is under Covid recovery needed to test negative in coming days. Van Dijk almost misses the season, considering the entire team, it now forces Klopp to introduce a new game plan into the coming fixtures. Coming Monday, Leicester will arrive in Anfield to continue their tremendous away journey this season.
Home sweet home
Premier League matches when it comes to a home game for Liverpool it’s hard for any team to beat them. Never smelled a loss for over two years, Jurgen Klopp wanted to keep the record going the way it stands. The last time Leicester visited Anfield, the last score was a 2-0 win in favor of Liverpool. Both away and home matches were won by Liverpool last season against the Foxes. But the Anfield boys must re-evaluate the current squad and take into account the speed and amazing scoring statistics of Leicester in the new season. 13 goals from four away games, Vardy was part of all away wins with at least a goal. The biggest among was the away victory against City and Arsenal.
The defensive advantage for Liverpool for the past two seasons has been amazing. But Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are under injury misses the season, so Joel Matip would be the first choice to replace them. Fabinho and Nathaniel Philips will cover center-back positions. Philips an additional element for the team since his comeback from Stuttgart (loan). 23-year-old should price his value inside the in situations like this where the team is facing serious setbacks. He earned the third-highest speed by a Liverpool player this season. Klopp hopes to use him as a talented prospect to hunt down the Leicester attacking combined with Vardy and Barnes. Fabinho can switch into different positions from center back to deep-lying midfield, rarely make any errors, and he made 90 passes with an accuracy of 96.7 percentage against Chelsea this September at Stamford Bridge.
What Liverpool need to keep in mind is to change the way of their typical game of dominating at the front to avoid a counter-attack of much faster Vardy and Barnes. Keep holding the ball lower back and don’t allow the visitors to go through the defensive holes. Liverpool has to face Leicester without their top first-choice players, the match depends upon the performance of the defenders and how well the hosts can take back the possession from the opposition in dangerous areas.