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Liverpool will be looking to tighten up at the back when they entertain Leicester in the Premier League after Wednesday’s Champions League scare.
The Reds put in a sloppy performance before ultimately edging out RB Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp should treat that as a wake-up call.
We’re expecting a more focused effort when the Foxes visit, so 27/20 for a home win and under 3.5 goals in the game is our initial Liverpool vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead in midweek after Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah had put them in complete control of the Group E contest.
Fortunately, Salah spared his side’s blushes by netting again in the 69th minute and this time they were able to see the game out.
With third-placed Leicester arriving at Anfield next, Klopp knows his players have to fix the defensive problems and tighten up.
“I am sure Brendan Rodgers thinks if we defend like we did tonight then probably Jamie Vardy will run five times alone with the goalkeeper,” said the manager.
“It was a very important lesson for us. We will learn, but we have to learn quick. I knew before that we have to improve a lot, but now everybody knows it probably.”
The Reds have also been involved in a series of high-scoring Premier League games on home turf, beating Norwich 4-1 and then securing 3-1 triumphs over Arsenal and Newcastle.
However, the feeling is that they must rediscover last season’s defensive strength at Anfield to maintain their title challenge, with only 10 goals conceded in 17 games here during that campaign.
Putting in a controlled performance here would be a good start and 31/20 for a home win to nil appeals from the Liverpool vs Leicester odds.
Last Liverpool line-up: Adrian, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Klopp has a late decision to make on whether to recall goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who has been sidelined by a calf injury sustained in the opening game of the season but has returned to full training.
Centre-back Joel Matip will definitely miss out with a minor knee problem which made him unavailable for the midweek Champions League win.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester can take heart from having been one of only two teams to pick up a point at this venue last term and will return to Merseyside in fine spirits.
Back-to-back Premier League wins have seen them beat Tottenham 2-1 and thrash Newcastle 5-0 on home turf, with a 4-0 EFL Cup triumph at Luton coming in between.
Four victories in their last five top-flight fixtures has raised hopes of qualifying for Europe next term, but Rodgers is not getting carried away.
“There’s a lot of work to do,” he said. “It’s a long season and our job is to be as competitive as we can and let’s see where it takes us.”
This game is a significant one for Rodgers, as he returns to Anfield for the first time since being sacked by the Reds four years ago.
“I’m really looking forward to it because I haven’t been back since I left,” the manager added. “They’re an incredible club. They’ve been amazing in these last couple of years.
“It was great for me in my time there, I learned so much. I’m looking forward to going back, it will be a tough game but we’ll look to embrace that challenge.”
The Foxes have made a fine start to the season but we can’t get past how they were made to look very ordinary going forward when losing 1-0 at Manchester United last month.
A similar reality check is anticipated at Anfield and 29/4 for a 2-0 home win completes our Liverpool vs Leicester betting tips.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Tielemans, Barnes, Ndidi, Praet, Vardy, Perez.
Leicester midfielder James Maddison has recovered from an ankle problem. Summer signing Dennis Praet impressed against Newcastle, but the Belgium international is the most likely to make way.
LIVERPOOL 4-3 RB Salzburg – Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah (2)
LEICESTER 5-0 Newcastle – Ricardo Pereira, Jamie Vardy (2), Paul Dummett (og), Onyinye Ndidi
Head-to-head: Liverpool 1-1 Leicester, Leicester 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-1 Leicester, Leicester 2-3 Liverpool
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