Since Jürgen Klopp took over from now Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in October 2015, the German has played the Foxes twelve times. His record so far reads as 9 wins, 1 draw & 3 losses. Klopp’s first encounter with Leicester was in their miracle title winning season. The Reds were only one of two teams (alongside Arsenal) to defeat Claudio Ranieri’s men.
The most recent games between the sides have been heavily in Liverpool’s favour, with the last Leicester win all the way back in September 2017, in a Carabao Cup tie.
Klopp vs. Leicester: First Encounter
Klopp’s first experience against Leicester was a pleasant one. On Boxing Day, 2015, Leicester came to Anfield having been beat just once all season so far. It was around this time that people started to talk about the East Midlands club potentially breaking into the Champions League places.
The game was close in terms of the result but was a tie that the home team dominated. A Roberto Firmino cross was smashed home by Christian Benteke, a welcome goal for a striker who was struggling for goals.
From there, Leicester would lose one game again all season. They would go on to create the most historic sports upset and win the Premier League title. For Liverpool, the domestic season was put aside as the run to Europa League final took priority.
Jamie Vardy has been successful against Liverpool since Klopp took charge, even if he hasn’t always been on the winning side. The English striker has scored 9 goals against the Reds which include a Goal of the Year contender volley that flew past Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool’s top scorer in the fixture is Roberto Firmino, who enjoys playing against the blue of Leicester. He has 6 goals against them. The most notable of these is perhaps in the statement victory in the title winning season. Alexander-Arnold crossed the ball and the Brazilian wonderfully guided the ball into the top corner.
The previous game between the two sides came at a much better time in Liverpool’s season. Although without star man Salah (due to COVID), they stormed to a 3-0 victory and to their 8th game without a defeat.
Johnny Evans opened the scoring with an own goal just after the 20th minute, before Jota (41) and Roberto Firmino (86) secured victory. The win had Liverpool fans dreaming of another title, even without key defenders Virgil Van Dijk & Joe Gomez.
Despite looking strong in form in the build-up to the game, Rodgers’ men couldn’t get it going at Anfield. This is a game that Liverpool have enjoyed as of late and have outscored Leicester 23-13 in the Klopp era.
With Liverpool in desperate need of results, the game against Leicester is the perfect time for Firmino & company to start firing again. The game is now a real six-pointer in the race for Champions League football.
The Foxes are three points ahead in the table in third place. If Liverpool can secure the victory then they will leapfrog them in the table, breathing a sigh of relief in what has been a tough week for the Reds.