Boxing Day is sure to be one of Liverpool’s biggest games of the season. The Reds journey to the King Power to take on second in the table Leicester City. The Foxes are without a win in three but are still Liverpool’s closest challengers. Jürgen Klopp has discussed how he plans on stopping Jamie Vardy on the 26th.
The Foxes are currently 10 points behind the Reds but have the disadvantage of having played a game more than the league leaders. If Liverpool beat Leicester and go on to win their game in hand they will be an incredible 16 points clear of Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Jamie Vardy is the obvious main threat for the hosts. The rags to riches striker has netted 17 goals in 18 league games this season, somehow he appears to be aging like a fine wine, still netting with regularity at the age of 32.
When Klopp was asked about the the threat of the Englishman, the boss told the pre-match press conference:
“We will try [to stop him]. Top three strikers in England since I have been here. Always difficult to defend. We just try to avoid the passes to him. That is what we will try. Brendan has done an excellent job. Top-class team. Exceptional quality.”
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Jürgen Klopp stopping the passes into Jamie Vardy would be a lot easier if Fabinho was available. However, Jordan Henderson has performed admirably in a deeper lying, more defensive role since the Brazilian was forced out of the side.
The boss will inevitably be looking to keep James Maddison quiet in order to halt the service to Vardy during the game. Thankfully we boast one of the quickest centre back pairings in the division in Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk. With the Reds likely to sit deep and hit the Foxes on the break, Vardy shouldn’t have too much space to outpace the Liverpool defence.