COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino could be the match winner against Leicester on Monday night as he is exactly what the Foxes defenders will hate facing.
The 25-year-old has operated as the central striker under Jurgen Klopp this season and been productive in front of goal.
The Brazil international has made 30 appearances for the Reds this season across all competitions, scoring nine goals and supplying six assists.
Firmino has not scored in his last three Premier League games, but the clash against Leicester at the King Power Stadium could turn out to be tailor-made for him.
Leicester are currently inside the relegation places and their defence has been a major weakness for them this season.
The reigning league champions will also face their first game since the sacking of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri and it’s set to be a tense atmosphere.
Most of Leicester’s players have seen a considerable drop in form this campaign, none more so than centre-back pairing Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.
The two powerful defender were immense last campaign and put their bodies on the line for absolutely everything.
However, they look a shadow of their players and the ageing pair have really struggled against pacy players.
Firmino is no slouch and can certainly beat the Leicester centre-backs in a foot race, but it’s also his technical ability and his intelligent movement that could cause carnage for the Foxes.
Jurgen Klopp has been able to get the best out of the attacker and he is extremely clever around the box.
The Leicester defence can’t afford to let Firmino get around the box and test Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, unfortunately for them they can’t seem to keep a clean sheet.
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