What Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers must change in the Foxes team for the upcoming Liverpool game after a very disappointing performance versus Newcastle United. By mixing opinions with what the Northern Irishman said after the loss, Foxes of Leicester formulate a basic plan for Anfield.
As a Leicester fan, I wasn’t nervous at the prospect of playing the very impressive Newcastle prior to Monday’s King Power Stadium clash. I know they are a very well-drilled unit, with certain talents that have been elevated by other shrewd signings of late.
NUFC’s current standing at second in the Premier League truly illustrates the previous point perfectly. Predictably, in spite of Lars Knudsen’s arrival, a tall Magpies side absolutely dominated LCFC on corners. Joelinton eventually managing to put the game to bed with an easy header whilst mismatched marking made mincemeat of the Foxes in the first half!
The set-piece zonal marking compounded the problem in my opinion. Please note, Knudsen and Rodgers. Before the aforementioned defensive issue, the east Midlands outfit had already managed to give the ball away through the usually trustworthy Wout Faes, which led to the clumsy Daniel Amartey mistake. Chris Wood, formerly of Leicester and destined to score on the day, supplied the finish from the penalty spot.
A Newcastle outing wouldn’t be the same unless the newly incredible Miguel Almiron was allowed to score. Unfortunately for City supporters, Almiron was pretty much allowed to trot through the Leicester defenders.
For once I pretty much agree with Brendan Rodgers’ take on the difficult to watch match – tough viewing for the for the Blue Army, at least – against Newcastle United. When interviewed by Amazon Prime Sport, the Northern Irishman said that his men were slower to the ball, along with lacking intensity and quality, too. Which was as difficult to hear as it was obvious and necessary to say.
Therefore impetus is a necessity versus the Reds on Friday night. Giving the ball away was overly evident as well; a blended possession strategy with some potent and swift counterattacking feels essential. I would replace the currently uninspiring Patson Daka with Jamie Vardy for the contest with Jurgen Klopp’s men. Surely Vardy will push more in direct fashion for 60 minutes.
Some Foxes will be lucky to keep their places but there are no suitable replacements, for example, for Harvey Barnes and Luke Thomas. Most importantly, will James Maddison be fit?
Will Leicester City star James Maddison return for the Liverpool fixture?
At present, nobody knows if ‘Madders’ shall be fit, in all honesty. Rodgers refused to give a date for the playmaker’s comeback before playing Eddie Howe’s side. You can read more on that matter here.