Liverpool will have the opportunity to move seven points clear at the summit of the Premier League this evening when they face Leicester City – a lead which will make them strong favourites to win the title.
The Reds had already began to prompt bookmakers and general football supporters to tip them to clinch their first ever Premier League title this season, but Manchester City’s defeat away at Newcastle United on Tuesday evening has almost turned the tide completely.
Those who tipped City to retain their title will now be having second thoughts and a victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side this evening will open up a gap which many will consider unassailable at this stage in the season.
However, Leicester have proven to be a stern opponent since they returned to the top-flight; Foxes never quit, as their unprecedented 2016 title success served to illuminate.
Claude Puel seems to be balancing on a tightrope and threatening to fall off at any given second, but his side could strengthen his position and simultaneously give City a huge helping hand in their title bid by recording victory at Anfield this evening.
That Liverpool have only lost once in the league all season suggests Leicester stand little chance of claiming three points, but a stellar performance from Jamie Vardy could hold the key.
Indeed, Sky Sports journalist Peter Smith delivered his verdict ahead of the evening fixture and he identified Vardy as a potential danger man with very good reason.
Smith claimed: ‘If Leicester do leave Anfield with a positive result, Jamie Vardy will most likely have played a big role.
‘The former England striker has scored seven goals in his eight Premier League appearances against Liverpool and he will be a major concern for Klopp and his defence.’
With a return of seven goals in his last eight games against Liverpool, it’s easy to see why Smith has pinpointed the former England international as the danger man for Klopp’s defence.
Virgil Van Dijk has orchestrated a Liverpool defence which has been seemingly unbreakable for large parts of the season so far but, without a recognised senior right-back available, cracks could be set to form tonight within the typically sturdy unit.
Last time out in the league, Liverpool conceded three goals at home to Palace and the frailties which manifested on that day should give Vardy reason to believe he could get some joy against an injury-struck defence.
The key for Liverpool is to ensure that they hold a relatively deep line at Anfield – even if that means surrendering some territory to the visitors – as Vardy will have no problem eating up blades of grass behind the back-four if they are not prepared to deal with the threat of a direct counter-attack.
The statistics are there to show that Vardy is the danger man. Now it’s down to Klopp to find a way to stop him having a party and ruining Liverpool’s.
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