Former Chelsea and England star Joe Cole has backed Leicester City to beat Liverpool on Sunday night at Anfield.
The Foxes head into the weekend action top of the Premier League, having won six of their eight matches this season.
Liverpool will provide a stern test for Brendan Rodgers’ men as the reigning champions aim to make it a club record 64 home league matches unbeaten. The Reds have an endless list of injuries, however, and Leicester may fancy their chances of making a huge statement.
It’s so important the first 20 minutes of the game, you’ve got to put the Liverpool back four under pressure, you’ve got to make them nervous and panicky.
If I was Brendan, whatever system he decides to play, I’d be working on getting in behind, there has to be penetration.
You put doubt in their minds. ‘Liverpool will be sitting there thinking how’s this going to go with this new back four without Van Dijk, Gomez.
Leicester and every other team playing against Liverpool early on, you have to put them under pressure.
For Leicester it’s about applying the pressure early as a team, taking a few more risks and pressing high.
If they can do that Leicester can go and win the game. I’m going for Leicester.
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This is going to be a huge test of Leicester’s title credentials in what looks like a more open race this season. Last year, the Foxes tailed off hugely in the title hunt, having looked strong around Christmas, and Rodgers will have hopefully learned his lesson from that experience.
The belief that a victory at Anfield would do cannot be downplayed, and it is a result which would make the rest of the country sit up and take notice.
Regardless of Liverpool’s injuries, though, it will still be an enormous challenge, especially as Leicester have fitness woes of their own.