A poor, lifeless display from Leicester City showed the weaknesses in the squad but also how much the foxes are missing the defensive back-up of N’Golo Kante who left the East Midlands to play football in London with Chelsea.
Without an anchor in midfield, Danny Drinkwater is left solely as both a creator and having to break up the play.
After his performance against Swansea, many thought that Daniel Amartey could pick up the reigns from Kante, however if he continues to play as he did today, he’ll be unlikely to even make the bench.
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Good news for Leicester is the depth they have in that position, with both Mendy and Amartey being able to play as holding midfielders and club veteran Andy King being able to step in, however he’d be preferred as an attacking option alongside Drinkwater.
Many fans have suggested Shinji Okazaki to replace Kante in midfield, not for his defensive prowess but for his work-rate, which was key for Kante and he was quite literally, everywhere at once.
This isn’t to take away from a fantastic Liverpool performance.
Liverpool’s charismatic manager spoke to the press after the game, saying:
"“Yes of course it was a great performance in the 98 minutes or so. It was a good challenge for us today because I know that we can be really strong this year. We need to maintain belief in our style, belief in our play. We played calm football today.”"
When speaking of the extended stand he said:
"“It’s a wonderful place to play football, and it was time to give a few more people an opportunity to watch our games. With the noise we have to change our attitude and cope with the noise and we did that.”"
Klopp’s side have been a wildcard over the past 6 months, you’re never sure which Liverpool will turn up. The one which will thrash the champions of England 4 – 1, or the ones that will lose to a newly promoted Burnley side 2 – 0.
When firing on all cylinders, Liverpool are a fantastic team to watch and Leicester City fans can not begrudge the fact that on the day, the better team won.