Mark Lawrenson names key reason why Liverpool FC will beat Leicester
The Liverpool FC legend expects Jurgen Klopp's men to beat Leicester City, with the home side set to be without England star Jamie Vardy
Mark Lawrenson believes Jamie Vardy’s absence will help Liverpool to find a way to beat Leicester City on Saturday evening.
The Reds have endured a difficult couple of weeks in the Premier League and the cup competitions following a four-game winless run in all competitions.
Liverpool made an unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and alerted their rivals to their title potential with a 4-0 win against Arsenal at Anfield in their final game in August.
However, the Merseyside outfit started September with a demoralising 5-0 loss to title favourites Manchester City, although Sadio Mane’s sending off helped the Citizens’ cause significantly.
Liverpool have since draw with Spanish side Sevilla and Sean Dyche’s Burnley outfit at Anfield before a 2-0 loss to Leicester City in the League Cup third round on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were on top for much of the first half but Liverpool were unable to make the breakthrough despite Philippe Coutinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making their first starts of the season.
England international Vardy could be sidelined for the Premier League on Saturday evening due to a troublesome groin problem.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes Vardy’s absence for their second clash in four days at the King Power Stadium should give Liverpool a slight edge.
“What will help Liverpool a lot on Saturday is if Leicester striker Jamie Vardy misses the game with his groin injury.
“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,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season.