Paul Merson says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will go on the attack against Leicester
Paul Merson believes that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be forced to go on the attack on Sunday in the Premier League fixture against Leicester City.
With the injuries currently piling up at Anfield, the Reds go into the weekend without a full strength side and at the back will be missing three of their usual back four.
Centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees, while right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is also unavailable this weekend.
The Merseyside club were in decent form before the international break and are third in the league table, but they run into a Leicester team that are a point above them and sit at the top.
Merson is concerned about how Liverpool will deal with Leicester striker Vardy, which is why he feels the reigning champions will be trying to outscore their opponents by playing expansive and aggressive football.
“Jamie Vardy is going to have fun against Liverpool this weekend. I don’t see how they can stop him. No-one else has a forward like that – and he loves scoring in the big games against the big teams,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“I don’t personally think Liverpool are going to stop him. So they will have to try and outscore him. They’ve still got plenty of firepower and I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will be shutting up shop. He will go on the attack.”
It would hardly be anything new watching Liverpool play on the front foot, as it’s something they usually do under Klopp and at Anfield they are always likely to dominate the ball.
Leicester’s game plan is very much going to be based around being defensively solid and springing on the counter attack, which they can do with the pace of 33-year-old Vardy and also Harvey Barnes.
Liverpool certainly do have the firepower in forward areas to blow away any opponent and somehow their attack looks even more threatening this year with the extra addition of Portuguese star Diogo Jota.
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