Liverpool could face their toughest test of the season against Leicester City on Saturday. Here are three reasons why.
It’s never ideal to play after a hard-fought European game. Liverpool’s entire first-team featured against RB Salzburg, whereas Leicester had a week’s rest.
It wasn’t a routine game, either. The Reds fought hard for the 4-3 win in the end and certainly worked up a sweat.
Even if Liverpool are good at balancing the two competitions, it’s an immediate advantage for the Foxes.
This may be a ‘top six’ clash
It doesn’t feel it as Leicester aren’t established in the ‘top six’ but Liverpool may well be facing one of the best here. Leicester look fantastic and potential challengers for a Champions League place.
They certainly look more than able to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. Possibly even Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
There’s a long way to go but we might find out in May that Leicester are the third-best team in England. Their performance against Newcastle United last week suggested as much.
If Liverpool don’t treat Leicester with enough respect, they won’t win this game.
The Reds look complacent
Liverpool don’t look to be at their best right now. The performance against Sheffield United relied on their defence keeping the Blades at bay while the forward missed a hatful of chances.
Then the opposite occurred against Salzburg. Liverpool scored freely at first but then stopped playing and the defence looked leaky. They won both games but not without problems.
If they are complacent, Wednesday may have been a wakeup call. And let’s hope so because Leicester aren’t a team that will let you get away with complacency.