Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the qualities of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, as he prepares his team to come up against the goal machine.
The Reds travel to the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day for an 8pm kick-off and it’s another opportunity to strengthen the position at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool sit top of the pile 10 points clear of second-placed Leicester with a game in hand and look strong favourites for the title.
But they are facing an opponent that have surprised so many this season and they also have the division’s leading goalscorer by some distance
Vardy has scored 17 league goals so far this campaign, with the next best record a group of three players on a tally of 11.
The 32-year-old has been one of the outstanding strikers in the English top-flight during the last five-year period and is only three goals short of 100 in the Premier League.
“We will try [to stop Vardy]. He’s a massive threat obviously, exceptional striker what can you say. Since I’m in England he’s one of the top three probably because he’s always scoring, difficult to defend, always on the shoulder running in your back playing with the offside line. Really, really dangerous,” Klopp said, as quoted by the club’s official Youtube account.
Vardy is an elite player that should be mentioned around the best strikers around right now and Liverpool know he will cause them problems.
The rapid English forward has a knack of scoring against big teams and he delivered a brilliant individual display in his team’s recent defeat to Manchester City.
Virgil Van Dijk may be one of the rare defenders in world football that may fancy a sprint race with the Leicester talisman and that will be an intriguing battle that unfolds.