Liverpool take on Leicester City tonight with potentially a majority of the first XI absent through injury. The Reds back line in particular has been devastated by the hectic schedule and by the recklessness of opponents. Mark Lawrenson has warned Liverpool that Jamie Vardy will be ‘scenting blood’ tonight.
Makeshift back four
Just what the Liverpool back four will be tonight is anybody’s guess.
It all depends on just who is fit and who isn’t.
The Reds’ first choice centre back partnership is unavailable for the rest of the campaign after Virgil van Dijk ruptured his ACL and Joe Gomez suffered a knee injury of his own.
Meanwhile Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up a calf problem and fourth choice centre back Fabinho is a doubt as he recovers from a hamstring issue.
So – who starts in defence? James Milner? Fabinho? Neco Williams? Nat Phillips? We just have to wait to find out.
Liverpool should be wary of Jamie Vardy
Mark Lawrenson has warned Liverpool that Jamie Vardy will be ‘scenting blood’ as a result of the injuries to the Reds’ back line.
The ex-Anfield defender wrote in his BBC predictions for this weekend:
“Liverpool are short of fit centre-halves and they also need to find a way of dealing with Jamie Vardy’s pace.
“Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is out too and whether it is Neco Williams or James Milner who replaces him on Sunday, it will be as part of a back four that have never played a competitive game together as a unit before.
“Vardy is probably scenting blood. They will do very well to keep him quiet.”
What RTK has to say
Alisson Becker could be crucial to Liverpool keeping Jamie Vardy quiet.
Not only will the Brazilian have to pull off some saves but he may be required as a sweeper keeper.
Given the high line the Reds play and the pace of Jamie Vardy, we may need the keeper to be quick off the mark to cut out any balls in behind to the striker.
He has shown down the years that he is adept at judging when to come and when to stay, today could be the ultimate test of his sweeping abilities.