Reds will be out to maintain Champions League push

Tielemans is a quality player who could cause Liverpool a few issues. — Reuters

LIVERPOOL will have a bounce in their step as they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.

Having seen an upturn in form with six wins on the spin, the Reds will have their confidence and morale boosted as they hope to maintain their current streak.

With some of the top four chasing sides having dropped points last week, it has given the Merseyside club a glimmer of hope that they could still qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Liverpool are currently in fifth place with 62 points and breathing down the necks of Newcastle United and Manchester United, who are in third and fourth place with 65 and 63 points, respectively, even though both teams still have a game in hand.

Although it would require Newcastle and Man United to have a massive meltdown and continue crumbling, hope, however small, has not stopped fans from thinking about the possibility of both clubs being overtaken.

After trouncing Leeds 6-1 in April, the Reds went on to grind out wins with a one-goal difference.

These included 3-2 against Nottingham Forest, 2-1 against West Ham United, 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur, and 1-0 against Fulham and Brentford.

There are, however, still concerns about the defence, as Jurgen Klopp’s team have not looked as convincing.

There were some truly nail-biting moments for Liverpool during the Fulham and Brentford games, as the Reds were let off the hook as the opposing teams failed to capitalise on their chances.

Alisson Becker also had to make several fantastic saves to deny both teams.

With Liverpool’s defenders playing high up, the defence was easily split open with well-placed through passes or when speedy players ran down the flanks.

Against Leicester City, Virgil van Dijk and company will need to continue being vigilant against the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Patson Daka and Youri Tielemans.

The Foxes, who were crowned Premier League champions seven years ago, are now knee-deep in a relegation scrap and they will be desperate to stay up.

Leicester City, at 18th, have shown in the last few matches that they can still put up a fight, and Liverpool must not take their erratic form lightly.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, injuries to key players or a sudden collapse as they did against Bournemouth earlier in March, the Reds should be able to see off the Foxes, but it will likely be a tightly contested affair.

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