This weekend, Liverpool look to continue their fine Premier League form by welcoming a rejuvenated Leicester City to Anfield. The Reds will be looking to make it a perfect eight as the second international break beckons.
The Foxes, under the management of former Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers, have been superb in the early stages of the season and currently sit third in the Premier League. Since appointing the Northern Irishman in February, only two sides have earned more Premier League points — a rampant Liverpool alongside Pep Guardiola’s destructive Manchester City.
Heading into matchday eight the Reds boast a perfect record. Despite that Jürgen Klopp will be fully aware of the threat posed by Rodgers’ transformed City. He will be especially aware following Wednesday night’s defensive performance in the Champions League.
Yet in the Premier league both sides have been defensively solid, each conceding five goals respectively. However, the Reds have notched five more goals than the Foxes, undoubtedly possessing greater attacking variety. Both sides secured significant victories in their previous league fixtures, albeit for different reasons.
Liverpool were able to once more show their title credentials, grinding out a marginal 1-0 away win against a stern Sheffield United. The win was far from convincing, but for the Reds it demonstrated their resilience.
By contrast, Leicester dismantled ten-man Newcastle 5-0. The Magpies collapsed under a relentless siege of pressure. Prior to the game there may have been thoughts of a tough 90 minutes, especially having lost their previous two league meetings at the King Power. However, it proved quite the opposite as Leicester continued their impressive start to the season.
In the build up to the campaign many believed the Rodgers side could push for a place amongst England’s ‘top six’. Playmaker James Maddison has since echoed that sentiment, claiming his side ‘have to be seen as one of those top sides’.
Speaking after his match winning display against Spurs nearly two weeks ago, the England midfielder said: “I think we have to be seen as one of those top sides. If you look at our performances at Chelsea and United, we came away shaking our heads in disappointment because we didn’t get what we deserved. We’re showing we’re a big threat now.”
Maddison epitomises the philosophy that Rodgers has tried to embed at the King Power, with young hungry players provided with plenty of opportunities. The Northern Irishman has influenced a great blend of youth and experience.
With respect to Liverpool, two home fixtures may prove beneficial for the European Champions, with travel time minimised. Klopp will be hoping his side can keep mounting the pressure on rivals Manchester City in the Premier League. The Citizens will once more have to respond to Liverpool result, but it will be far from straightforward.
Last season the pair played out a draw at Anfield, with controversy at a premium. Huge questions were asked as to whether eventual goal scorer Harry Maguire should have seen red earlier in the match that went on to finish 1-1.