Mark Lawrenson: Liverpool chances of win v Leicester improved if attacker misses game
By Danny Wright
Mark Lawrenson believes that Liverpool’s chances of beating Leicester on Saturday will be greatly improved if attacker Jamie Vardy misses the clash.
Vardy, 30, is a doubt for the Premier League fixture at the King Power with a groin injury, and that is good news for Liverpool due to his good goalscoring record against them in recent seasons.
The England international striker has been in good form against this season, scoring four goals in five league games, but he limped off the pitch in the final stages of last weekend’s draw at Huddersfield and hasn’t trained since.
BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson, 60, has predicted that the Reds will run out 2-1 winners against the Foxes this weekend after losing to them in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but thinks the game will be made a lot easier for Jurgen Klopp and his men without Vardy.
“What will help Liverpool a lot on Saturday is if Leicester striker Jamie Vardy misses the game with his groin injury,” said the former Reds player on the BBC Sport website.
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“The Reds have really struggled against Vardy in the past – he has scored twice in each of their last two visits here in the league – so if he is absent or not 100% fit, then their defence will have a much easier time of things.”
Liverpool can shoot up the Premier League standings by picking up three points at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
However their last three visits to the East Midlands has seen them lose on every occasion, with their last win there coming in December 2014.
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