Liverpool are set for their toughest test of the Premier League season this Saturday. The Reds will welcome Leicester City this weekend as Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield for the first time since his October 2015 sacking. Rodgers has come on leaps and bounds as a manager since his departure and his Leicester City side are enjoying his progress, they are currently 3rd in the table and are being tipped for a top 6 finish, with some even predicting them to finish in the top 4. The Foxes have been impressive going forward and due to this it could be Liverpool’s fullbacks that win the game for the Reds.
Ricardo Pereira has been in impressive form for Leicester City this season. The right back has scored twice for the Foxes this campaign and has been key to the width in their attack. On the other flank, Ben Chilwell has registered an assist and is recovering his form after having his start to the season hampered by injury. If Rodgers wants to get anything out of the game he will be relying on his wide defenders to get high up the pitch and stretch the game.
Jürgen Klopp will be looking to Liverpool’s fullbacks to counter the threat that Pereira and Chilwell pose. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are in good form at the moment, with the Scouser assisting the Scotsman in their midweek victory over Red Bull Salzburg. Liverpool’s fullbacks like to play high and wide. If you look at Trent’s starting position when the move started for Robertson’s goal against the Austrians, you can see why sides struggle to prevent him finding space.
If Liverpool’s fullbacks maintain their aggressive positioning they can nullify Pereira and Chilwell. Rodgers’ defenders won’t be able to get forward and attack Liverpool if they are pinned back by their opposite numbers. Without the Leicester wingbacks in attack, the Leicester counter is less potent and too narrow. Liverpool’s fullbacks could win the game on Saturday.