This fortnight has been one of celebration for Liverpool. The Reds have been crowned world champions, they’ve signed Takumi Minamino for a pittance and they’ve tied down Jürgen Klopp and James Milner to new contracts. With the Reds having been forced into extra time against Flamengo, Stephen Warnock has backed Liverpool to shake off any tired legs when they face Leicester City on Boxing Day.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were crowned world champions after beating Brazilian side Flamengo 1-0. The Reds came close in the first half, threatening twice in the first five minutes. The second half saw the post rescue the South American champions, strong stops from the Flamengo keeper and a dubious injury time penalty decision reversed.
In extra time Jordan Henderson slid through Sadio Mane, the Senegalese forward put it on a place for Roberto Firmino to step past the keeper and secure the win for Liverpool.
Stephen Warnock sung the Reds praises whilst reporting on the game for the BBC, the ex-Anfield defender wrote:
“This latest success will have given them massive confidence to go and get three more points, and it also means they will not be feeling the effects of extra time against Flamengo. As a player, you never feel tired when you have just won a cup. In fact, far from feeling fatigued, Liverpool will be on a massive high and just looking forward to playing their next game – especially one as big as this.”
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The game that Warnock is referring to is of course the Boxing Day clash with Leicester City. The Foxes are currently the Reds’ closest challengers, 10 points adrift in second place.
A loss to Manchester City means that Brendan Rodgers’ side are now 10 points behind the Reds with the world champs also having a game in hand. If Jürgen Klopp beats Leicester and wins his game in hand then he can open up a 16 point gap on The Foxes.
Liverpool have made winning a habit, if Warnock is right and the Reds are fighting fit for their Boxing Day tie, the Premier League could be all but over.