Liverpool receive welcome boost after striker's rash challenge

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been handed a welcome boost by Mike Dean and Jamie Vardy ahead of their trip to face Leicester on September 1st.

Liverpool FC have been handed a real boost ahead of their trip to Leicester on September 1st after the Foxes striker and main man Jamie Vardy received a straight red card on Saturday.

The English forward was given his marching orders after a high foot challenge on Wolverhampton player Mike Doherty and while his manager insisted Vardy was unlucky, he implied that the club would not challenge the decision.

Speaking after the game, Puel said:

“I think it perhaps was a little tough, because it was not his intention to make a foul. He touched the ball. After, he was perhaps too enthusiastic, on his move, on his tackle. It’s a pity.”

“We now need to find a solution to replace him and it will be a good opportunity for some other player to show their quality.”

Vardy has a remarkable goalscoring record against Liverpool, banging seven goals in his last five appearances against Klopp’s men – five in his last three at home – with his pace on the counter-attack frequently causing us problems.

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In fact, you have to go all the way back to the Reds’ 1-0 win on Boxing Day 2015 for the last time Vardy didn’t find the net against Liverpool and while Jürgen Klopp will know that Leicester are more than just their pacy forward, the fact he’ll be missing is a real boost for the German’s side.

The Reds were victorious on both occasions the two sides met last season with a penalty save from Simon Mignolet alongside goals from Mo Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson ensuring a 3-2 victory at the King Power, before a Mo Salah double helped Liverpool overturn a 1-0 deficit at Anfield during the festive period.

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