Former Arsenal man Charlie Nicholas has taken the bold step of predicting Liverpool’s winning run to end this weekend when Leicester travel to Anfield.
The Sky Sports pundit feels former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will have a plan to block Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, which he believes will see the Foxes earn a draw.
He said: “Leicester are the real deal and could be close to breaking into the top six. They will go to Anfield and take them on. Liverpool’s defence isn’t as good as last season. Brendan Rodgers knows how dangerous their front three will be, he will try to block the full-backs too and that isn’t being defensive, it is being tactical.
“If Salzburg can score three times at Anfield then I’m sure Leicester could grab a goal. Liverpool have played well in some and stumbled in other, so this might be the one where they finally falter. 2-2.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool keep finding a way to win
The logic behind Nicholas’ fairly bold prediction is easy to see. Liverpool haven’t been at their best in recent weeks, unable to marry together a strong defensive display with their usual attacking fluidity.
Meanwhile, Leicester have dominated their matches away from home against Chelsea and Manchester United. They were unlucky to only take one point from those matches, but perhaps those results also point at a lack of conviction on the road against the very biggest sides.
Nicholas offers no insight into Rodgers’ potential plan to stop Liverpool’s full backs, and in mentioning the front three, he raises the prospect of the former Reds boss needing a tactical plan to stop half of Jurgen Klopp’s outfield players. That’s not easy.
Liverpool keep finding a way to win and their home form is imperious. Against a team who are yet to have their statement away win, that aura and confidence may just be enough to earn the win once more.