Daniel Amartey

Opposition View: Liverpool

James Pearce, a reporter for the Liverpool Echo, believes Jürgen Klopp’s men will be determined to register their first away victory over Leicester City under the German on Saturday.
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- Reporter James Pearce provides an assessment of Liverpool ahead of Saturday's clash
- The Reds visit King Power Stadium for the second time in five days this weekend
- Leicester City defeated the Merseyside club 2-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night
- Pearce, however, expects to see a different Liverpool performance in the Premier League

Following Tuesday's Carabao Cup encounter, the Reds are yet to defeat City on Filbert Way under Klopp’s management, losing all three of their visits to Leicester in that time.

However, Liverpool are likely to field a much-changed line-up at King Power Stadium on Saturday, a move which will pose different questions of the Foxes (5:30pm kick-off).

Speaking to LCFC Radio this week, Pearce said: “There was huge disappointment among the fanbase on Tuesday. Liverpool fans went down there with a great deal of hope.

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“Despite the changes, it was a strong Liverpool team and one they expected to get the job done. It was painfully familiar in terms of failing to make their dominance count.

“As we have seen far too often, teams know they just need to hang in there against Liverpool because, sooner or later, a gift will come their way.

“That was how it proved once Leicester started to provide some pressure, Liverpool’s frailties were exposed and it was a miserable evening for Klopp’s team.”

Pearce, though, believes the result will have little influence on Saturday’s Premier League encounter, largely due to the fact that many players who will start did not feature on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it will have a great impact on how Liverpool approach the game because the personnel will be very different,” he added. “Klopp rested six or seven of his first choice line-up.

“Attacking-wise, Liverpool will pose a lot more threat. Mohamed Salah has been a revelation for the club, Roberto Firmino too, with Daniel Sturridge also likely to appear.

“By the same token, it will be at the back of the players’ minds that Liverpool have lost all three visits to King Power Stadium under Klopp.”

You can listen to Matchday Live on LCFC Radio from 4:30pm on Saturday.

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