Matthew Sinton sees Liverpool’s trip to the King Power Stadium to play Leicester City as a way for Liverpool to continue winning ways after the Reds beat Spurs 2-0 over two weeks ago.
Liverpool started 2017 in abysmal form which saw us slip from second in the table to fifth. There were smiles back on the fans’ faces, however, when we made light work of Tottenham in a 2-0 victory at Anfield and there is much more confidence surrounding the club as we head towards the final league games of the season.
It was an excellent game and our best performance of the year so far, but I would argue that our game against Leicester City tonight is the one that will show whether our season really is back on track. You could have seen the win over Spurs coming really. Their style of play was always going to suit us, especially in a home game. It’s the team’s further down the table that have caused us real problems.
Looking at Leicester this season – particularly in recent weeks – you wouldn’t believe this was the same team (excluding Kante) that won the Premier League title less than a year ago. Their defence that was so solid has fallen to pieces and Jamie Vardy, the star of last season, can’t even get a shot on target.
They have started 2017 in even worse form than we have and are yet to score a league goal since the turn of the year. Their exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Millwall, though, has seen Claudio Ranieri pushed from the club in a move which has sent the footballing world into outrage. Despite the possibility of facing a different Leicester side, I expect that the Reds will have learnt from their mistakes that have cost them so dearly at times this season. We should go into Monday night’s game without any complacency and desperate to bring three points back to Merseyside.
This isn’t really relevant at this point, but we were one of only two teams – the other being Arsenal – to beat Leicester in their title winning 2015/16 season. The game at Anfield saw us come away with all three points after a 1-0 victory, with the winner coming from Christian Benteke. We have improved as a team since then and the Foxes have done quite the opposite, but all that matters is how we perform on the day.
Our recent form has brought us back down to earth after our brilliant start to the season and title hopes have pretty much been put to bed. The main aim for us now is to get a top four spot, which could be vital for bringing in certain players that can help us take another step forward next season. I’m feeling good about the game but we shouldn’t take anything for granted. Let’s hope for three points and a good performance.
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