Michael Owen and Paul Merson predict Liverpool v Leicester City

Michael Owen and Paul Merson look ahead to today’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Leicester City.

Michael Owen has backed Liverpool to start the New Year with a win.

Brendan Rodgers’s side will take on Leicester City at Anfield in the Premier League today.

Liverpool have won their last two league matches, and former England international Owen predicts them to make it three out of three.

The Reds hit four for the first time since March on Monday evening against Swansea and I would be surprised if the Foxes, despite their excellent win at Hull, were able to prevent a third successive PL win for Brendan Rodgers’ side,” ex-Liverpool striker Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson is of a similar opinion and wrote on Skysports.com: “Liverpool are looking dangerous at the moment. Raheem Sterling has got pace, which opens the game up for other players to get on the ball.

“Leicester had a great result the other day at Hull which has kept them in it. If they had lost that I would probably say they would have been relegated, but if you can stay just three or four points adrift then you always have a chance.

“But even if Leicester do cause Liverpool’s defence some problems, then Liverpool will cause them more problems, so I cannot see anything other than a 3-0 win to Liverpool.”

Liverpool are far from their best, but in recent days they have shown signs of improvement. The Merseyside outfit are unbeaten in their last four competitive matches and appear to be on the right track.

Heading into today’s round of matches in the Premier League, the Reds find themselves five points behind fourth-placed Southampton and very much in the running for a Champions League spot.

Meanwhile, Leicester are rotted to the foot of the league table with 13 points from 19 matches, three points behind 17th-placed Hull City.

Anything other than a Liverpool win at Anfield today will be considered a surprise.

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