Leicester City vs Liverpool : Three key players who could haunt the Reds this week

Both sides head to the pitch at King Power Stadium as the new Premier League season enters week 6.

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Leicester hosted Liverpool in midweek winning 2-0 in the match and this EPL reunion offers both sides the opportunity to compete against each other.

Liverpool on their own accord and benefit rested some players in the form of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ahead of the clash and this offers them ample chance to get a decent result away from home against Craig Shakespeare’s men. However, this promises to be an uphill task as the Reds faltered in the EPL challenge against the same side. The home side on their own possess some personnel ammunition in their midst and it will be nice to see how Liverpool contain the resilient host at home.

On this note we take a look at three key players capable of pulling the strings for Leicester City against Jurgen Klopp Liverpool side on the way.

Wilfred Ndidi:

The young Nigerian had enjoyed massive reputation and accolades since moving from Belgium side KAA Gent in the January transfer early in the year.

The African talent has enjoyed game time under his belt, thus cementing his name on the first team after dislodging the likes of Daniel Amartey in the defensive midfield. Physical strength is what that gives him an edge in midfield during the case of aerial battle in the course of the game.

With Danny Drinkwater gone to Chelsea, Ndidi presents Leicester with stability in midfield as he was a handful for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho in Leicester’s 2-0 win over Liverpool.

The Reds must keep an eye on him as he possesses some dangerous bullet on both feet especially from range as seen against stoke city last season.

Riyad Mahrez:

The Algerian stayed on at Leicester City after several interests from European heavyweights like Barcelona and Premier Leagues giants like Arsenal and Chelsea who were rumoured to be interested in the player as Hazard’s replacement. In the end, they could only rally behind for his signature until the last minute of the transfer window.

The talismanic midfielder gives Leicester City a level of freshness and hope, going into the Liverpool game as he was rested alongside young talent Kelechi Iheanacho.

All eyes will be on the Algerian as his flair and mastery, coupled with the fact that Leicester is playing at home, can cause the tie shift to his side’s advantage.

Islam Slimani:

The Algerian forward was exquisite in front of goals as he made a case for the starting eleven with a superb strike against Liverpool in midweek.

With Liverpool struggling defensively early on the new campaign, the forward is certainly a threat going forward especially with the support of his compatriot Riyad Mahrez and talented youngster Demarai Gray who showed some pieces of skill against Jurgen Klopp’s side on midweek.

The Algerian might have played himself into the heart of manager Craig Shakespeare as his decent effort sealed the win after Shinji Okazaki had given Leicester the lead.

 

All in all, the hosts would present a tough test for Liverpool as we wait to see what happens in this fixture.

 

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