Saturday will be an incredibly tough test for Liverpool. They welcome a side that could be this season’s surprise package in the Premier League. Leicester City are currently 3rd in the table after picking up 14 points from their first 7 games of the campaign. Their impressive start is down to a transformation of the side under Brendan Rodgers. The former Reds gaffer has been getting the best out of his squad, Caglar Soyuncu and James Maddison in particular have been revelations this season. Mark Lawrenson has tipped Liverpool to just about edge out the visitors.
The former Reds centre back has given BBC Football his predictions for the weekend. Lawrenson has tipped Jürgen Klopp’s side to run out 2-1 victors in Saturday’s game. He told the BBC, “Leicester are dangerous when they go forward, but I don’t think they are good enough at the back to get themselves a result at Anfield”. The Foxes have posed a potent attacking threat this year as Rodgers has moulded James Maddison in the image of Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian played under the Leicester gaffer at Liverpool.
Wednesday night saw a rare subpar performance for the Reds defence. With Joel Matip injured, Joe Gomez stepped into the side and the Liverpool conceded 3 against a spirited Red Bull Salzburg side. Although the back line has looked a touch vulnerable in recent weeks, Lawrenson believes Klopp’s attack will rescue them, saying “there is nothing wrong with the front three”.
One thing is certain, if Liverpool are to extend their winning streak to 17 consecutive league victories, they will have to be on the top of their game.