Leicester City have started the season in impressive style. The Foxes are currently sitting 3rd in the table, just 2 points shy of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers has transformed the recent Premier League champions into a side looking to challenge for European qualification and they may well be Liverpool’s first top 4 opposition of the season. One of the keys to Leicester’s fine form this season has been James Maddison. The England starlet missed the Foxes’ emphatic win over Newcastle United with an ankle injury but is fit to face Liverpool on Saturday. Jürgen Klopp will be hoping that Fabinho will stifle the midfielder’s creative talents.
James Maddison has registered an impressive 3 goals, 3 assists and 2 man of the match awards in 10 games in all competitions this year. His match winning performances have attracted the interest of the league’s top clubs, including Liverpool. He has flourished under Brendan Rodgers, much like Philippe Coutinho did. In the same Coutinho fashion, Maddison has developed a knack for playing off the wing and drifting inside to pick apart defences, his wide starting position making it hard for defences to decide who is responsible for picking the player up.
Liverpool will be looking to Fabinho when it comes to stifling Maddison. The Brazilian has become the best in the world at breaking up attacks and he will need to be at the top of his game when facing the England international. Trent Alexander-Arnold will need to be vocal in the game as he alerts Fabinho as to when to pick up Maddison as the Leicester player is likely to start on Trent’s shoulder before drifting inside.
Saturday will be the most intense pressing game Leicester have faced this season, the question is whether or not they are able to play around it. With Fabinho around, they will find it extremely difficult.