Former Premier League defender Martin Keown is wary of the threat that Leicester City pose – and has outlined how they have amassed their impressive streak of wins ahead of their Boxing Day clash with Liverpool.
Leicester’s success at Aston Villa was their eighth in a row in the Premier League, with Keown of the opinion that Liverpool’s packed schedule, which sees them travel to Qatar for the Club World Cup, could give their opponents the upper hand by the time they meet at the King Power Stadium.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Keown suggested that Leicester will have the momentum ahead of their meeting with the Reds thanks to their comparatively relaxed fixture list.
He said: “Leicester’s players are living the dream in the Premier League. Not for the first time this season, they can spend their week reflecting on another good result while other clubs are having to turn their attention to Europe.
“By the time Leicester host the league leaders on Boxing Day – and what a clash that could be – Jurgen Klopp’s side will also have been to Qatar and back.
“So there is momentum with Leicester, and they just keep winning and winning. It has been a remarkable start to the season for Brendan Rodgers, who was rightly rewarded with a new contract.
“Given the form they are in, I know I wouldn’t want to play them right now.”
Keown makes a fair point about the Foxes’ current momentum, with Leicester potentially able to close the gap between themselves and Liverpool to two points by the time Klopp’s side travel to the King Power.
However, while Liverpool’s own fixtures seem daunting in their quantity alone, Leicester face the potentially intimidating task of visiting champions Manchester City five days prior to their Reds clash.
That means Liverpool may well stretch their lead at the top of the table before then, with only one league fixture for them between now and the Christmas programme – which is Saturday’s home tie against Watford.
Therefore, despite Leicester City’s imperious form, it seems that Liverpool’s large lead and the Foxes’ upcoming games put the onus on Rodgers’ side rather than the other way around.
Which competition should Liverpool prioritise?
Club World Cup
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