Last night Manchester City were expected to win easily against Newcastle, especially after scoring inside the first minute, however it was Newcastle who emerged with all three points against a team they had never beaten in their last 22 games. The shock result over the current Premier League Champions shows that anything can happen in football. Liverpool will be hoping there won’t be another unexpected result in tonight’s home game against an out of sorts Leicester City who’ve lost three of their last four league games.
The Premier League Champions of 2016 will provide a stern test for Liverpool who’re in uncharted waters with the possibility of a win putting them seven points clear at the top of the table. This will be on the players minds and the team needs to focus on the game, get the job done and ignore the growing media hype of the 29 year drought coming to an end. Although City have now lost four league matches and Liverpool have lost just the one there’s no room for complacency.
Any lapse in concentration will be punished and Leicester will be trying to rattle the doors of the Anfield fortress hoping to capitalise on any nervousness that may show in the Liverpool performance tonight. James Milner is the only player in the squad who has experienced winning the Premier League, with Manchester City in 2012 and 2014. Unfortunately he’s suspended for this vital game due to a red card against Crystal Palace in Liverpool’s roller coaster 4-3 win. Less of that kind of results will lower many fans blood levels. With Virgil van Dijk a potential absence for the game due to illness – although he’s back in training – Dejan Lovren is ready to step up.
The ongoing medical treatment of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez means Klopp is stretched for cover at the back. 18 year old Rafael Camacho has been mooted to start but I’d be surprised if he did in such an important game with the expected intensity of the occasion. Leicester so far this season have beaten Manchester City and Chelsea and seem to relish playing against the top six teams.
Jamie Vardy is the main danger man for Leicester and likes to score against Liverpool, having scored on seven occasions previously against us. This is one threat Liverpool have to be wary of, especially if van Dijk isn’t playing as he could cause problems for Joel Matip in defence.
I think a penalty or a goal from free kick will settle the game which may be a low scoring affair in a tense game. One thing for sure the Anfield crowd will certainly be roaring on the team and make it a special atmosphere tonight.