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5 reasons why Liverpool will struggle against Leicester City | Premier League 2020-21

Shambhu Ajith
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 22 Nov 2020, 14:25 IST
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#3 Lack of creativity in Liverpool midfield

Thiago Alcantara
Thiago Alcantara

While Fabinho and Wijnaldum are industrious and very effective in their own ways, they might just need to play out of their skins against the likes of Mendy, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison. Jordan Henderson is out with a thigh injury as well.

The Leicester City midfield has an enviable dynamic about it and if Thiago Alcantara is eventually forced to sit this one out, then there will be a severe lack of creativity in midfield for Liverpool. It is not clear whether or not Fabinho will play either.

Curtis Jones is likely to take up a spot in midfield. If neither Fabinho nor Thiago are available, then youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams will be the alternative choices.

#2 Mo Salah's absence will affect Liverpool's attacking prospects

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

Mohamed Salah has been Liverpool's top scorer so far this season. The Egyptian has chipped in with some very crucial goals in crucial games and currently has a tally of eight goals from as many matches. He has also been their main creative cog in attack.

However, Salah will not be available after testing positive for the Coronavirus. Roberto Firmino has underperformed so far for the Merseysiders and as such, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the Brazilian snaps out of it and turns it around really soon.

Diogo Jota, meanwhile, has been in good form and so has Sadio Mane. But Leicester City share the best defensive record in the league with Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers and with their most reliable goal getter unavailable, this could end up being a tricky fixture for Liverpool.

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#1 All the pressure's on Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

It's been a strange start to the new Premier League season in all fairness. Teams are moving in packs. None of the sides have been absolutely dominant and most teams have looked like world beaters on one day and bang-average in the next.

The same is true of both Liverpool and Leicester City. However, we expected to see Liverpool do better at the beginning of the season. Though they've looked better over the last seven games or so, their defensive frailties have not been as prominent as they are now.

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Liverpool are currently fourth on the Premier League table and there's a chance that those at the top including Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur could pull away if the Merseysiders don't come away with a win tonight.

Things are going to get tough for Liverpool from January and they will have to face the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Leicester and Everton in the span of a month and as such, this period right before Christmas is crucial for Jurgen Klopp and co.

They need to keep their head above the water and their noses in front of the pack. As such, they cannot afford to slip up now.

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Published 22 Nov 2020, 14:25 IST
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