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Match Preview: Leicester City vs Liverpool

It’s time to silence the haters.

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Leicester City vs Liverpool

One versus two. Red versus blue. European champions versus the People’s champions. Leicester weren’t supposed to be title competitors this season, but here we are. While Manchester blue is probably screaming “HEY WE BEAT YOU, WE IS RELEVANT AGAIN.” nah scrub. You showed up against the top competition, but will surely lose more points than us this season. Riyad Mahrez can go back to the bench and pout, as his match against his former club will surely go down as his best this season. This is the match for Brendan Rodgers and his squad to show what their true goals are for the season.

Liverpool

It was a dodgy penalty that gave them the late win at Anfield, and I’m sure the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will be champing at the bit to fall at the slightest touch inside the boxes of the King Power Stadium. Michael Oliver isn’t the strongest of characters in my opinion, so I hope that the fact the home support will be louder than the travelling contention, it will help him in decisions like wingers tapping the foot of the defenders and going down.

Liverpool FC Training
Hopefully there are no red smiles on Boxing Day.
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Leicester City

I don’t think Rodgers got his side in the right mentality to overcome Manchester City. The wingers didn’t track back, the midfield pair of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison did not do enough defensively, I put about 80% of that on Youri as Maddison had several tackles, to help cover Wilfred Ndidi. Kevin De Bruyne sat way up the field inbetween Çağlar Söyüncü and Ben Chilwell and it caused too many problems. A switch to a back 5 or another CDM could have changed that match. It should also be said had a penalty been correctly called on Ederson, 2-2 would have provided a different prospect for the remaining minutes of the second half.

Manchester City v Leicester City FC - Premier League
The main man needs more service.
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Jamie Vardy was hardly seen after his goal to go up 1-0 and that was a tragedy. Against a side that has zero pace at CB, they didn’t get in behind them enough. While Liverpool have much better options at CB, there will be serious gaps left by their wingbacks charging up the field. Having Harvey Barnes or Demarai Gray up there waiting for service could provide a much more ample threat than the one we saw against Manchester City.

Prediction

Lawro says we’ll lose 2-0. Well, f*** that guy. Let’s go and win 3-1 and prove we’re still a force to be reckoned with.