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Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool clash against Leicester

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Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool clash against Leicester

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool do have issues in their defence right now, but feels they will be too strong when they host Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s team sit top of the Premier League with seven wins from their opening seven games and look in formidable form.

The Merseyside club beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 in midweek during a Champions League group stage and lost 2-0 to Napoli earlier in the European competition.

It seems like there is a vulnerability at times to their backline that didn’t exist last season, but they are still frightening in attack and that will usually set them onto win.

Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip are a formidable centre-back pair in front of goalkeeper Alisson Becker, but full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are renowned for pushing forward to great effect.

There could be a vulnerability defensively and upcoming opponents Leicester are a great counter attacking team, but the problem for them is how much possession they actually get.

BBC pundit Lawrenson is predicting Liverpool to be 2-1 victors at Anfield, but is expecting a tough challenge from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.

 

“I appreciate that Leicester are dangerous when they go forward, but I don’t think they are good enough at the back to get themselves a result at Anfield,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“There do seem to be a few issues in the Liverpool defence right now, but there is nothing wrong with the front three. Leicester will have to be at the very top of their game and take every chance that comes their way if they are going to get something out of this one.”

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TBR’s View:

Liverpool at home are understandably favourites to earn yet another three points and continue a stunning start to the season, but they must not take Leicester for granted.

The Foxes look like they have the potential to break into the top six of the Premier League this season and are a real threat with Jamie Vardy on the counter attack.

He will certainly be looking to exploit any potential defensive weaknesses, something that Salzburg did effectively in Europe.

But in reality Liverpool still have the most formidable defence in the division and there is very little that should change.

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