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The focus of the ninth round of the Premier League in 2020-2021 is undoubtedly the match between Liverpool and Leicester, two teams are competing extremely hard for the title. Let’s wait and see if Liverpool take advantage of home-field advantage to prove their class, or Leicester will continue their momentum to retain their holding.
An early goal in the 13th minute was scored by Mohamed Salah, but Liverpool could only leave Man City’s Etihad sanctuary with one point. A game where, despite being a guest, Liverpool played on their muscles and deserved to stand if they were to win. With only one point, Liverpool were outsped by both Tottenham and Leicester. Accordingly, after 8 rounds they won 5, drew 2 and lost 1. Currently with 17 points, Liverpool in third place in the standings. They are one point behind Leicester and it is clear that Liverpool’s chances of climbing to the top have come. Overall manager Jurgen Klopp’s form has been impressive with five wins and one draw in his last six appearances. In the Champions League, Liverpool is firmly at the top of Group D with nine points from three rounds. Even their defence scored eight goals and the defence kept a clean sheet. The home side have given Liverpool a huge advantage as they have won all three of their last three away games.
The four center-back of Klopp including Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold are all sidelined for the next leg due to various injuries. Especially with Virgil van Dijk, the Red Brigade will most likely not be able to get his services until at least February next year.
This has clearly raised concerns for the anfield hosts’ defence – which has not been appreciated this season as they have conceded 16 goals in eight games, a figure even higher than that of bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United.
This is likely to be the home side’s weakness in the upcoming match as Brendan Rodgers remains in the hands of his best attacking cards such as Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans or especially Jamie Vardy – who has scored eight goals in eight rounds.
Last season Leicester also played well in the first leg and seemed to hold on to a place in the top three. But when the Premier League took the stage, the Foxes were even outside the top four and lost their Champions League spot. Therefore, determination is evident to Leicester before this season kicks off. Up to now, manager Brendan Rodgers is doing too well. It proved that after 8 rounds they won 6 and lost 2, the result helped them to be at the top of the standings with 18 points. Leicester’s form has been impressive this time as they have won all five of their last five appearances. In the Premier League alone, they have won all three of their past three appearances. In the Europa League, Leicester is also playing well at the top of Group G with nine points from three appearances. The worry for Leicester is probably that they drew one and lost four of their last five encounters with Liverpool.
Liverpool: Alisson, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Matip, Phillips, Williams, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Jota
Leicester: Schmeichel, Fuchs, Evans, Fofana, Justin, Mendy, Tielemans, Castagne, Baines, Maddison, Vardy