Leicester City vs Liverpool: Pre-Match Analysis
Jamie Vardy controls the ball at Anfield | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City host a Liverpool side who are low on confidence after being dispatched 4-1 at Anfield by Manchester City last Sunday. 

Liverpool have lost three out of their last five games in the Premier League, with all three of those losses coming at home. However, the Reds' away form this term has been the main issue with just four wins from 11 games which places them 10th in the away table. 

Leicester, on the other hand, have a significantly better points return away from home rather than at home. The Foxes have picked up five wins from 11 at home which places them 9th in the home table. Leicester's home form is certainly a worry and it will be a telling factor if the Foxes do not manage to finish inside the top four. 

Jurgen Klopp's men are currently sitting fourth in the Premier League just one point above Chelsea in fifth. Meanwhile, Leicester sit in third place leaving them three points clear of Liverpool in fourth. 

Vardy's Return

Jamie Vardy's hernia operation has kept him out for just under a month meaning he has missed three Premier League games, of which the Foxes picked up just four points from a possible nine. With Vardy expected to start this Saturday it will allow the likes of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison to break the lines with precise balls in behind for Vardy to run onto.

This will stretch Liverpool's defence and allow the game to open up for Harvey Barnes who is excellent at driving with the ball into space. Having Vardy in the side also gives the whole team a boost of added confidence. He brings a presence up front that Kelechi Iheanacho and Ayoze Perez both struggled to provide. Vardy's movement is always a huge threat and this was displayed against Wolves in the dying minutes when his header flew just wide. 

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Ozan Kabak set for debut

The new recruit Kabak is likely to make his debut for Liverpool this weekend. The young Turkish centre back was signed on deadline day making the switch from German giants FC Schalke 04. 

The struggling German side have won just one game all season however, Kabak has been one of the few bright sparks for the German outfit. His performances in the last 12 months meant he attracted interest from multiple top clubs last summer.

However, it was Liverpool who finally secured his signature in the winter transfer window initially on loan but with an option to buy in the summer for £18 million. He is part of the golden generation coming through with his compatriot, Foxes centre back Caglar Soyuncu, also part of the national team's recent breed of young talent.

Kabak will bring pace and aggression to Liverpool's defence which will help him when deal with Vardy's runs down the channels however, Vardy's movement will be a testing task for the 20 year old. 

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The Verdict

Both sides are certainly fighting for the same ambition which is a top-four finish. After Liverpool were defeated at Anfield last week it would be a fair comment to say a title charge is now an unlikely goal for them. This makes the game on Saturday a six-pointer in the chase for Champions league football. Leicester will come into this game with more confidence then their opponents and Wilfred Ndidi's return will be a welcome one. 

Liverpool's front three still remain a huge threat for Leicester and Mo Salah will certainly be looking to add goals to his tally this season as the Premier League top goal scorer. In the reverse fixture Leicester conceded two set piece goals which has been an issue for the Foxes all season conceding a total of seven which is the second most in the division. 

If Leicester can be organised in the mid-block when defending whilst also ensuring Barnes and Vardy are given service up front then they will stand a good chance of winning this game.  Liverpool will come to attack the game as always and that will suit Leicester as they can utilise the pace of Vardy on the break, however, when the front three of Liverpool are on form it is almost inevitable that they will score. 

Prediction: 2-2​​​

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