Sky Sports pundit predicts Liverpool v Leicester
By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has predicted Liverpool to suffer a defeat in the EFL Cup third round against Premier League rivals Leicester on Tuesday evening.
The Reds are currently preparing to make the move across to the Midlands where they will take on the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.
It will be the first time that the two clubs have met competitively since February 2017 when two goals from Jamie Vardy alongside a Danny Drinkwater effort helped Leicester to all three points and a 3-1 win with Philippe Coutinho scoring a consolation.
Now, Nicholas believes that Leicester will emerge victorious once more with a 2-1 win, stating that he thinks Jurgen Klopp will ring the changes at the Merseysider’s again.
“When I was looking at my Super 6 selections, this is the one that stood out at me as a potential upset,” told Nicholas to the Sky Sports website.
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“Leicester have had a tough start but have been playing well and Jamie Vardy should have scored a winner at Huddersfield, but he missed a sitter.
“I covered Liverpool at the weekend and I was baffled by Jurgen Klopp’s seven changes. They looked defensively vulnerable again and could have lost the game when Ben Mee went agonisingly close in the dying stages.
“Other than Liverpool’s reputation, I really don’t see this as an upset, especially as I’m inclined to think they will make another six or seven changes, with Ben Woodburn and the other young guys coming in.
“This is a good time for Kelechi Iheanacho to come good. He’s in danger of being the next Saido Berahino in terms of just going through the motions and needs to seize his chance in games like this.”
Liverpool reached the semi-final stage of the EFL Cup competition in the last campaign before suffering a 2-0 aggregate defeat against Southampton.
Meanwhile, Leicester were dumped out at the third round, losing 4-2 against Premier League champions Chelsea at the King Power stadium.
Both teams will now be keen to win on Tuesday evening with the chance of silverware on offer, but with Liverpool also competing in the Champions League this season Klopp may elect to make the changes.
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