It may be easier to judge with the benefit of hindsight, but Jamie Redknapp did not quite foresee Liverpool’s dominating victory over second-placed Leicester City on Thursday night.
Redknapp had built up the clash as a potential game of the season – before Jurgen Klopp’s men brushed aside their opponents and left the King Power Stadium with four goals, three points and a 13-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Writing in the Daily Mail, the former Reds midfielder had tipped Leicester to give the leaders a real fright before being outclassed on their own patch.
Even following Leicester’s run of three games without a victory (despite prevailing on penalties against Everton after squandering a two-goal lead), Redknapp backed a tight affair in a prediction that contrasted reality.
He said: “Brendan Rodgers will have been looking forward to this one — Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
“They lost 2-1 at Anfield in October, courtesy of a stoppage-time penalty. Now he tackles his old club on home turf. Leicester will have a go.
“At Leicester, the players are loving it. They started their season targeting the Champions League and they remain on track. This has all the hallmarks of the game of the season.”
To be fair to Redknapp, there were plenty of reasons why Liverpool could have become unstuck at Leicester on Boxing Day, following their exploits in winning the Club World Cup in Qatar having played 120 minutes on Saturday evening.
Klopp had not made wholesale changes in light of their efforts in the Middle East, either, while the senior team’s relentless run (their EFL Cup defeat notwithstanding) has had its precarious moments – with the Reds’ late turnaround at Villa Park in November perhaps the closest they have come to a league defeat all season.
It is perhaps the margin of victory that leaves Redknapp with egg on his face (not that he may mind) – and is perhaps an indication of just how much of a force this Liverpool team is, after they bulldozed their way past their nearest challengers for the title with consummate ease.
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