Pre-Match Boxing Day | Leicester vs Liverpool | PL Matchday 19 | Thursday December 26th 20:00h | King Power Stadium

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Probably the toughest match ahead since the league season started, at least on paper. They are built to cause us problems with their pace upfront and their ways to exploit it with blisteringly quick counters. On the other hand, VVD and Gomez are our center-back pairing with the best recovering pace. Still, they score goals galore, almost as much as we do and will be dangerous at their home.

Also, and I don't know how Rodgers of all people has managed to do this, but they have also the best defence alongside ours (14 goals received in 18 games). Maybe it has something to do with Maguire leaving? Or pure beginners' luck? :LOL:

On the other hand, Abu Dhabi exposed their weaknesses this week-end. If on their game, our lads should be able to exploit them just like Abu Dhabi did. However, I'd guard against judging them as a one-man team. Vardy is on fire, granted, but they have other players who can create havoc: Maddison, Tielemans, Pérez... their midfield players are strong and athletic, and will give our lads a proper fight.

Abu Dhabi brought them down through control of the ball, 'passing them to death' (a Rodgers expression while he was with us, isn't it?) and through the sheer quality of their players, above all De Bruyne, who was given far too much space and time to play his game. Let's see how we will attempt to manage it. Also through starving them off the ball, or by outplaying them at their own game and countering them at even quicker pace? We'll see, it will be an interesting game. It could be a scrappy 1-0 with a last-minute winner, or it could turn out to be a wide open game with goals on both sides.

I don't know if Leicester's stats would confirm this, but my intuition (as well as Rodgers' record while with us) tells me that the game could be decided in our favour by set pieces. While it used to be a perennial weakness of ours during years, we have now become really strong on them, haven't we?
 

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That recovery pace is a key factor and is a huge differentiator between the two sides. Even if Vardy is ever so slightly faster than our fastest forwards (Mané Salah Origi) it's more than outweighed by how much faster our centre backs are compared to theirs. Brendan will have the bigger worries going into the game. He also has to stop the rot creeping into their chance creation. And he has to be preparing right now a plan on how to lift his players in case of defeat and the obvious consequences for any title ambitions they may have harboured. They're a good side that has improved slightly since the Anfield game. We're a great side that has improved a smidgen since the Anfield game, just by dint of winning a trophy.
 

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Probably the toughest match ahead since the league season started, at least on paper. They are built to cause us problems with their pace upfront and their ways to exploit it with blisteringly quick counters. On the other hand, VVD and Gomez are our center-back pairing with the best recovering pace. Still, they score goals galore, almost as much as we do and will be dangerous at their home.

Also, and I don't know how Rodgers of all people has managed to do this, but they have also the best defence alongside ours (14 goals received in 18 games). Maybe it has something to do with Maguire leaving? Or pure beginners' luck? :LOL:

On the other hand, Abu Dhabi exposed their weaknesses this week-end. If on their game, our lads should be able to exploit them just like Abu Dhabi did. However, I'd guard against judging them as a one-man team. Vardy is on fire, granted, but they have other players who can create havoc: Maddison, Tielemans, Pérez... their midfield players are strong and athletic, and will give our lads a proper fight.

Abu Dhabi brought them down through control of the ball, 'passing them to death' (a Rodgers expression while he was with us, isn't it?) and through the sheer quality of their players, above all De Bruyne, who was given far too much space and time to play his game. Let's see how we will attempt to manage it. Also through starving them off the ball, or by outplaying them at their own game and countering them at even quicker pace? We'll see, it will be an interesting game. It could be a scrappy 1-0 with a last-minute winner, or it could turn out to be a wide open game with goals on both sides.

I don't know if Leicester's stats would confirm this, but my intuition (as well as Rodgers' record while with us) tells me that the game could be decided in our favour by set pieces. While it used to be a perennial weakness of ours during years, we have now become really strong on them, haven't we?
Their defense is overperforming.They are lucky to have conceded only 14 goals imo.When we played them in October we should have scored at least 2 more goals.Our finishing was off in that game.And if you look at the stats of Man City-Leicester game they could have conceded way more than 3 goals.
 

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Not the game I would have liked coming back from Qatar to be honest. But then again being a direct challenger maybe the boys will be more focused for it. It's the journey that bugs me most. I'm convinced that long flights can screw with athletes bodies, especially after an intense game and little recovery time.

I've no scientific evidence for it just an uneasy feeling when we travel a long way.

Leicester were pretty defensive against us the last time so I kind of expect the same again. As usual Steptoe will be the one to watch. Scored another cracker against Abu Dhabi last game.
 

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Thread opened on Saturday night, did you guys even celebrate our newest trophy? I had a long night.

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First, two things. Hopefully no new injuries after the final and Gini is ready to return. If that is the case then the final spot in midfield and our team is down to either Milner or Keita. I think it could be Millie over Naby from the start.
 

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Qatar is not a long flight. They fly in extreme comfort. It’s more the extra time and amount of intense matches recently added to the injury situation which has meant less chance to rotate.
 

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I don't see any reason why we won't win this game. Our players should be super confident after becoming Club World Champions. Conversely, I suspect some self-doubt will have crept into the Leicester City players' minds after the defeat at The Etihad. Meanwhile, Wolves may well do the double over Manchester City and help us further.
 

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The next month is the crunch period for us and will decide whether we cruise serenely to the title or get sucked into a dogfight for the second half of the season. 6 league games, all tricky on paper, and with limited opportunity to rotate given the injuries we have. I'm expecting a few points to be dropped but 12 from 18 would still be good enough to ensure we have a decent lead.

Leicester aren't finishing above both us and City. Their success has been built on a good defensive record but they've started to leak goals now and the results aren't as good. City battered them and are still the team to fear. I don't completely trust them not to win every game between now and the end of the season, however unlikely that might seem now.

Apparently Gini did some light training in Qatar and he's fairly robust anyway so he may be in contention. He'll need to be soon as Henderson can't play every game. Keita to continue, possibly Lallana to start depending on the Gini situation. I prefer Milner off the bench in these sort of games as he's got the know-how to game manage or can give us a kick if we need to up it. Leicester's threat is obvious but Gomez and VVD are the quickest CB partnership in the PL so we should have the counter covered. Draw is a decent result here but confidence must be sky-high right now so yet another win wouldn't surprise me.
 

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Good Luck Leicester City in getting a result against the reigning Super Cup, Champions League and World Champions.........

You're gonna get a smashing
 

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This game took on more significance the other night when I caught a filthy fox trying to get into my bin outside my house, …now I hate foxes.
I’m hoping not to see an “After the Lord Mayor’s show” type game.
We’ve recently started keeping clean sheets, and I’m hoping that will continue in this game, and so will our record of scoring in almost every game in the past year or so.

Trent - Gomez - VvD - Robbo

Hendo
Milly --------------- Keita

Mo --- Bobby --- Mane​


My prediction...

(Grubby smelly little) Foxes 0 : 2 Liverpool (World Champions).

Goals coming from Mane in the 1st half and a late Milly penalty to close the game off.
Vardy stretchered off with high blood pressure after chasing the ball all game but being constantly out-sprinted by Virgil and Gomez .
 

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Lets go fox hunting. All over them like a pack of dogs in midfield. Klopp on a mighty steed shouting encouragement.

FYI - not a fan of fox hunting, esp with dogs!
Tally'Oh.......Or there she blows, :cool::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 

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The worry isn't Leicester but us. If we show up mentally focused and ready, we should win. If we show up drained from two gruelling matches and lifting another trophy, it could get difficult. Thankfully Klopp and the players are aware of the danger and as always they'll do their best to be prepared.

Hopefully that's going to be enough.
 

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Leicester will have looked at the two games against Man City and Liverpool as a chance to swim with the big boys and show what they could do. They came up well short against Man City, who had them well beaten and were passing it around for the last 15 mins almost like it was a training game. So what will that do to Leicester for their game against us?

I think they will be fired up all the more. They will be disappointed with their showing against Man City, and I fully expect them to tear into us from the opening whistle. Home crowd. Christmas game. Our former manager will want to show he belongs at the top level. Brendan will also want to show his bosses they were right to give him a new deal.

Also, we exerted a lot of energy to become World Champions - the actual games, the extra time, the change from the usual routine, all the extra media demands, the travel, etc. Leicester will be half thinking that now is the perfect time to go at us and take the three points.

What will we have to do?

1. Match their intensity.
2. Watch their danger man. Vardy likes to score against us. I like the pace of Gomez to help nullify the threat.
3. Finish better. We've been a bit wasteful in front of goal. Time to be more clinical.

I would accept a draw, given the circumstances, but I'm hoping for a win. We are so good, and as Klopp said, we keep passing every test that is put in front of us, so why not another three points here?

--------Alisson----------
TAA Gomez VVD Robbo
-------Henderson--------
-----Gini------Keita------
Mo------Firmino----Mane

If Wijnaldum isn't fit, I would probably go with Milner, though I can also see the case for Lallana.
 

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Just like we did in getting revenge for our age old defeat against Flamengo, we will be avenged on BR for that Stoke game (or if you're as old as the hills, for a shocking 0-1 vs Leicester at Anfield in 1964 as champions)
 
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