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Could Leicester City inflict more damage on the beleaguered Jurgen Klopp?

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, in a game that could see goals at both ends given the two sides' attacking threat supersedes their defensive qualities. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is under pressure for failing to improve his porous defence.
Klopp has already lost to the Foxes once this season: a 2-0 defeat in Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash. He knows he can't afford a repeat, but a trip to the King Power may be the worst time to need a solid defensive performance.

The Foxes continue to be a thorn in Liverpool's side

Leicester City have a fantastic record against the Merseyside club, boasting wins in each of their last three home meetings in all competitions. The Foxes counter-attacking style capitalises on the Reds lack of positional awareness, always catching them unaware when players are pushed high up the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp's side haven't kept a clean sheet against Craig Shakespeare's outfit in their last five meetings in all competitions. Leicester's ability to turn defence into attack at the drop of a hat can see them catch opposition backlines cold, with pacey and industrious striker Jamie Vardy a beneficiary of City's style.

Leicester are happy to afford their opponents all the possession, instead, they wait to turnover the ball before springing the trap and utilising their pace to create a chance on the counter attack. As a result, Vardy is key to Leicester's success. He has scored five goals in six meetings with the Merseysiders.
The England striker will put Liverpool's defence under pressure from the first minute, and he will look to stop the Reds playing out of the back as Klopp prefers. Individual errors made by Liverpool trying to retain possession is something that Leicester could take advantage of on the weekend -  matters aren't helped with the visitors being in such woeful form.

Liverpool are in bad form at the worst time

Klopp's side are currently eighth in the Premier League table with eight points from five games. They are coming off the back of two outings without a win in the division and four games without victory in all competitionsManchester City 5-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla, Liverpool 1-1 Burnley and Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool.

Liverpool have conceded ten goals in their last four games, and they lost to their next league opponents just days previously. They have a real problem away from home too, failing to win four of their last half a dozen games. The Reds supporters may not be kind if things aren't going well on Saturday evening.

Leicester City have momentum

In addition to Leicester being a bogey side for Liverpool, the visitors are enduring poor form ahead of this weekend's meeting, while Shakespeare's side are in good shape of late. Despite currently sitting 15th in the Premier League table with just four points from five games, the Foxes have won three and drawn one of their last seven outings in all competitions, losing only to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.

On home soil, Leicester have won two of their last three games in all competitions. They have won 11 and drawn two of their last 17 home games in 2017. The Foxes have been a tough side to face in their own backyard, which Liverpool can attest to. Jurgen Klopp could find himself under immense pressure if he fails to improve on the recent 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium when the sides meet again on Saturday.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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