Sky pundit Paul Merson is tipping Liverpool to go on the offensive tomorrow evening against Leicester City as the Reds look to return to the summit of the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s side welcomes the Foxes to Anfield in a top of the table clash with a win good enough to put the Reds back in front of Brendan Rodgers’ men in the Premier League standings.
They’ll have to do it without several key defenders, though, thanks to injury and, that in mind, Merson is suggesting that the Reds may well have to open up and just try and outgun their visitors.
Writing in the Daily Star, Merson explained:
“Jamie Vardy is going to have fun against Liverpool this weekend. I don’t see how they can stop him. No-one else has a forward like that – and he loves scoring in the big games against the big teams.
“I don’t personally think Liverpool are going to stop him. So they will have to try and outscore him. They’ve still got plenty of firepower and I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will be shutting up shop. He will go on the attack.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
You can see the thinking behind Merson’s prediction and time will tell as to whether that is how Jurgen Klopp looks to approach the game.
Leicester are one of the best counter-attacking sides in the country so going too gung-ho could backfire, though the defensive issues the Reds have are obviously clear for all to see.
There’s still enough quality in the side to get a win tomorrow evening, though, and it would be some message to send out to the rest of the league if such a victory was achieved in the current situation.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.