Liverpool will face the Premier League leaders as they seek a victory after three games without a win. Local rivals Everton lost 3-2 to Leicester at Goodison Park, so Liverpool will have to perform better if they are to claim anything from this game.
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have proven themselves to be extremely dangerous to the Premier League’s bigger sides, as they demonstrated in victories over Man City and Chelsea. However, it is clear after dropping points against Newcastle, West Brom, and Watford that Liverpool do not yet have a blueprint to win against the teams that they should be defeating.
Liverpool controlled a 66% share of possession, letting them create four shots on target. The problem, though, is that Liverpool made a slew of defensive errors throughout the game. Watford needed only 34% possession to create five shots on target and score three goals against an extremely poor Liverpool team. Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho need to be much better against Leicester.
Monday night saw Leicester beat reigning Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1, giving Claudio Ranieri sweet revenge against his former club and the man who replaced him at Stamford Bridge. Leicester then continued their march with 3-2 win over Everton, meaning that the Foxes would be top for Christmas.
Leicester continue to defy logic and expectations. Against Everton, they received good fortune in the form of two penalties that helped them edge past the Toffees. So long as the Foxes can be strong in defence, they can try to catch Liverpool on the break. Riyad Mahrez is healthy ahead of this encounter, but there is a slight chance that Jamie Vardy could miss out with a minor hamstring injury.
Tip one: Liverpool @ 1.90 with bet365
Tip two: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.61 with bet365
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Jürgen is a spectacular man-manager and will spend the week developing a game-plan to turn things around. Basically, they need to find a way of breaking down Leicester without leaving themselves open on the counter. Vardy’s hamstring issue could greatly lessen Leicester’s attacking threat.