Behind Enemy Lines: Leicester City vs Liverpool

Ahead of Liverpool’s clash at struggling Leicester on Monday night, we decided to get some perspective from Leicester City fan Connor McDonagh – who gives us some insight into the opposition.

In comparison to this time last year, Leicester City are in utter turmoil. The Foxes sit just one point above the bottom three and have yet to score a goal in the Premier League this calendar year.  

With the sacking of title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri shocking the football world, how will the players respond after finally getting what they wanted?
Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in a must-win game for both sides.
While the Foxes are hoping to remain in the top flight of English football, Liverpool look to secure Champions League football after a dismal January which saw them drop out of the title race.
Both games were tightly contested last season with Christian Benteke inflicting the Foxes a second defeat of the season on Boxing Day at Anfield while a Jamie Vardy double gave Leicester a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.
The Foxes were annihilated at Anfield earlier in the season as the Reds celebrated the opening of their new stand, winning 4-1.
Leicester Danger Man

I would normally highlight several players who to watch out for, but considering the lack of form in a lot of the squad, it’s difficult to do so.
The one bright spark in 2017 is the form of 21-year-old Demarai Gray
The former Birmingham City player has been outstanding since the turn of the year, his pace and trickery has caused opposition defences serious problems and considering the issues Jürgen Klopp has had with his defence this season, Gray could potentially be the man to do the most damage on Monday night.

Predicted Line-Up
With Ranieri out of the way, I feel Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes’ caretaker manager, will revert to a system and team which will be similar to that of last season. Gray will come in for Ahmed Musa.
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£28 million summer signing Islam Slimani is expected to be fit for the game on Monday but due to a lack of game time in recent weeks, I suspect the Algerian will start from the bench.

The Verdict

Considering Leicester’s recent form and Liverpool having Sadio Mané back in their side, it is a no-brainer. With a new manager in place, the Foxes may finally turn their awful form around and deliver a positive performance.

Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs defended very poorly against Sevilla on Tuesday night and it has been a similar theme which has developed throughout all season.
With the likes of Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino capable of destroying any defence in the Premier League, it is hard to see anything but a Liverpool win on Monday.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool

Written by @ConMcDonaghF1

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