Leicester desperate for Vardy to continue scoring streak against Liverpool
After falling further into the drop-zone this weekend, Leicester City look to keep their survival hopes alive as they host Liverpool tonight, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The Foxes come into this fixture off the back of a desperate 5-3 defeat by Fulham last weekend, while Liverpool are on a relentless six-match winning run in their quest for the top four.
Dean Smith’s men are looking down the barrel of relegation after only one win since the start of February, while they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past twenty Premier League games.
However, they can take confidence from their recent home record against the Reds, where the Foxes have had the better of Klopp’s men on the last two occasions.
Despite this, Liverpool have won the 14 of the last 21 league encounters against Leicester, and are currently on their longest winning run of the season as their pursuit of fourth-place intensifies.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that his top-scorer Mo Salah will be on-form tonight, after the Egyptian recorded his 100th Anfield goal last weekend for the Reds.
Salah has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, and if he gets on the score-sheet tonight, he will become the first player to net over 20 league goals in three consecutive seasons since 1966.
Meanwhile, the returning Diogo Jota has scored seven goals in his last seven games against Leicester, though none of those have come at the King Power.
Can Leicester upset the odds against Liverpool tonight? talkSPORT EDGE takes a look…
- James Maddison has assisted four of Harvey Barnes’ open play goals for Leicester in the Premier League this season. The only players who have assisted more goals for a teammate are Kevin De Bruyne (7 for Haaland), Bruno Fernandes (6 for Rashford), and Bukayo Saka (5 for Martinelli).
- Each of Liverpool’s last five Premier League games have seen them win by exactly one goal. In top-flight history, there have been just five occasions of a side winning six straight matches by a one-goal margin: Aston Villa in November 1910, Chelsea in February 1966, Southampton in April 1992, Newcastle in October 1996, and Everton in November 2002.
- Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals against Liverpool in the Premier League, with only Andrew Cole (11) and Harry Kane (9) netting more against them in the competition. Vardy has netted six goals in seven league appearances against the Reds at the King Power Stadium.
- Liverpool will be looking to do a Premier League double over Leicester for the first time since 2019-20, when the Reds last won the title. Indeed, they have done the double over the Foxes on two occasions under Jürgen Klopp in the Premier League (2017-18 and 2019-20), which is as many times as they had done prior to the German’s arrival (1994-95 and 2001-02).
- Leicester City manager Dean Smith has lost four of his five Premier League meetings with Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp (W1), however the one win he did manage came by a 7-2 scoreline while in charge of Aston Villa in October 2020 – this remains Jürgen Klopp’s joint-heaviest defeat in the competition, along with a 5-0 loss to Manchester City in September 2017.
- Leicester have only kept one clean sheet across their last 13 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (1-0 in December 2021), with the Foxes conceding an average of 2.1 goals-per-game in this period (27 goals in total).
- Liverpool have won eight of their last 11 Premier League games against Leicester (D1 L2), more than they had in their previous 19 against the Foxes (W7 D5 L7).
- Leicester have won their last two Premier League home games against Liverpool, last winning more consecutively against the Reds in the top-flight between 1929 and 1931 (4).