The top of the table clash will be played on Boxing day at the King Power Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of Liverpool’s match against Leicester City on the Boxing Day. Both teams are separated by 10 points currently but the Foxes are the nearest to league leaders in the table. Hence a victory here could help them gain some valuable ground before we head to the second half of the season.
The German manager spoke about his opposition as he said, “Because Leicester were seventh or whatever last season, they don’t play European football but have the quality if you go through the team. Ricardo Pereira needed a while to adapt to the position.”
“He came in and a lot of people in football thought he’s more of a wingback than a fullback, but now he’s a proper fullback plus a threat, like an offensive fullback. Ben Chilwell for three, four, five years already, has been in pretty much everybody’s book. A fantastic player.”
“Jonny Evans, can you have a more experienced centre-half? Like Kasper Schemeichel, and you have Caglar Soyuncu, the Turkish guy I know from Freiburg, who needed time to settle. Super, super pairing, really the highest quality pairing. Then you go through the midfield and you have different options there but it’s just the highest quality.”
“Desire, hard work, aggressive challenges, super footballers. The wings: quick, creative, going inside and outside, all that stuff. And then you have Jamie Vardy on top of that and James Maddison in between. These kinds of things make a top, top team,” Jurgen Klopp concluded.
Liverpool have garnered 16 victories from 17 matches with a single draw and hence have 49 points to their name. Leicester City, on the other hand, have 39 points from 18 encounters. They have given the other teams a tough run for their money this season but the fact still stands true that they are way behind Liverpool and it would require a monumental mishap from the Reds going ahead for Brendan Rodgers’ team to claim the title eventually.
Manchester City have followed the Foxes closely too as they have 38 points from 18 matches. Liverpool have traditionally had a tendency to lose points as they enter the second half of the season but with the flawless efficiency with which they have functioned in the past year or so indicates that this might well truly be their year to win their first Premier League title since the inception of the tournament.