Jamie Vardy will be key as Brendan Rodgers looks to secure a Premier League win against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield.
Who was the last manager to win a Premier League game at Anfield, apart from Jurgen Klopp of course? Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino or Unai Emery? No.
Try Sam Allardyce.
Back in April 2017, a Liverpool team consisting of Emre Can, Simon Mignolet and Lucas Leiva were stunned 2-1 on home soil by Allardyce’s Crystal Palace. And, just to make matters even worse, Reds flop Christian Benteke scored both goals on a famous win for the high-flying Eagles.
But how did Allardyce do it? Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England manager believes that exploiting Liverpool’s high defensive line is key to an away team’s success – and this should be music to the ears of Leicester City ahead of The Foxes’ trip to Anfield.
“To think that I’m the last manager to win at home against Liverpool is incredible,” he told Alan Brazil on talkSPORT (4 October, 8am). You’re telling us Sam!
“You should rarely play out from the back against Liverpool. The high pressing is part of their armoury but what we exposed was that they play an incredibly high line.
“That’s still a way to expose Liverpool if you can that high line leaves all the space in behind them to get runners into.
“Leicester have one of the best players who loves to run the channels in Jamie Vardy. You’ve all that space to knock into for Vardy to get in there.”
Allardyce has a point. Under Rodgers, Leicester are better than ever on the counter attack with Vardy in the form of his life. A double against Newcastle last time out means the jet-heeled striker has 14 goal in his last 17 games, not to mention a brilliant record versus Liverpool.
Former Liverpool manager Rodgers will know that releasing Vardy in behind could be the difference between no points and maybe one or even three on Merseyside. And if The Reds defend like they did against Salzburg on Wednesday, Leicester will certainly have a chance.