COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Liverpool travel to Leicester on Monday night for a Premier League clash and will be favourites to secure the three points.
The Foxes are in a state of shock after seeing Claudio Ranieri sacked as their manager on Thursday night, despite winning the club’s first ever top-flight title last season.
They are now fighting a relegation battle and have slipped into the drop zone after the weekend’s results.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be boosted after a 2-0 win against Tottenham in their last game and will fancy their chances against an out-of-sorts Leicester.
However, there are still many reasons for Liverpool to fear travelling to Leicester and Football Insider looks at three players who could make a match winning contribution.
During the chaos of Leicester’s poor season there has been one player who has been able to impress viewers, emerging youngster Demarai Gray. The 20-year-old is an exciting talent that is beginning to get the recognition he deserves. He has the potential to become a star player and has demonstrated his skill and trickery this campaign. The left winger has become more involved in the first-team picture this season and could be in line for a start against Liverpool. Many Leicester fans would agree that Gray has been their player of the season so far, something particularly impressive for a young player. The England Under-21 international has the pace to really hurt Liverpool and is definitely a player to watch out for.
Jamie Vardy finished last season with 24 goals and was crucial to Leicester’s title success, but the striker looks a shadow of that player right now. He has scored seven times this campaign, but has been missing the final touch in front of goal. The 30-year-old has been unable recapture his best form, but Liveprool fans will still be particular worried about the England international. Vardy scored a remarkable long-range effort in Leicester’s last home game against Liverpool and will be looking to kickstart his league form with the same on Monday night. The forward scored a crucial away goal in the mid-week 2-1 defeat to Sevilla Champions League and could surely burst back to the player of last season at any moment.
Riyad Mahrez is another Leicester player who has gone off the boil this season and has followed in the footsteps of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who also suffered a considerable dip in form after winning the PFA Player of the Year award. Mahrez was arguably the most creative player in the division last term, but the 26-year-old can’t seem to get back into his best rhythm. The Foxes play their best when the Algeria international is involved and he will be hoping to prove a point against Liverpool following Ranieri’s sacking. The Merseyside club will be fearful of a Leicester backlash and will be wary of their strength at home. Mahrez can definitely win the game on his own if he performs to his high standard and Klopp will be hoping that is not on Monday.
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