Jurgen Klopp wary of ‘fantastic’ Leicester striker but cannot explain his brilliant record vs Liverpool

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Only Andy Cole and Thierry Henry have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than Vardy, who currently has seven to his name

Jamie Vardy may be a ‘fantastic striker’, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot explain why the Leicester star has such a good record against his side.

Vardy, 32, has scored seven of the Foxes’ last 10 goals against Liverpool, and all his goals have come in just eight appearances.

Vardy has proven to be something of a bête noire for Liverpool

Vardy has proven to be something of a bête noire for Liverpool

The former England international, who was suspended for the Reds’ 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium in September, has scored in each of his last five meetings and is one of only seven players to have scored seven times against the Anfield club in the Premier League; only Andrew Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (eight) have netted more times.

But the former England international has not just reserved his best form for Liverpool as he has scored 13 goals in 16 previous meetings against the big six.

“Jamie is a fantastic striker. It’s quality, the speed he has, the finishing skills he has,” said Klopp.

“He’s a massive threat and he always was, but a few times we made it pretty easy for him.


“Lucas Leiva, did he get an assist? I could have scored that goal (when Lucas passed to Vardy eight yards out in front of an empty net).

“I don’t exactly know why Jamie has such a good record against us but I would say minus one goal because that was the only one he shouldn’t have scored. A very good player and that’s why he’s such a threat.”

Despite Vardy’s threat Liverpool have won the last three league matches against Leicester.

But Klopp is taking nothing for granted as he seeks to keep his side out of the clutches of Manchester City, who remain four points behind Liverpool due to Tuesday’s shock defeat by Newcastle.

“They like playing against the top sides. They are not that much a counter-attacking side as they were in the past but they are a massive threat,” the boss added.

“We expect a very dangerous opponent. They have quality, it’s a super team. I can imagine they are not happy with the situation, where are they, 11th?

One of Vardy’s most famous goals came against Liverpool in Leicester’s title-winning season

One of Vardy’s most famous goals came against Liverpool in Leicester’s title-winning season

“A few years ago that would have been a brilliant position for Leicester but not after winning the league and playing Champions League, investing a lot of money in the team.

“I’m really happy it’s a Wednesday night game because I hope our supporters feel the need of real support.

“It’s 10 days since we played at home. We are really looking forward to it, but it won’t be easy like the last game (a 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace) was not easy.

“It’s about squeezing everything out of the players, so we can perform good enough to win the game.”



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