Brendan Rodgers has called his Leicester City side to end Liverpool’s stunning unbeaten Premier League run
Second-placed Leicester welcome league-toppers Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day desperate to reduce a ten-point gap on league-toppers, who have won 16 of the opening 17 Premier League fixtures.
Fresh from the FIFA Club World Cup success, the Merseyside giants will be looking to stretch their winning league run to nine straight games when they take on highly motivated Leicester.
It’s been almost a year since Jurgen Klopp’s men suffered their last league defeat, but Rodgers urges this side to play like a team and halt the Reds’ impressive form.
“You know as a coach the [Liverpool] run is going to end at some time, so why not be the team that tries to do it? That’s the whole idea,” he said, as reported by The Telegraph.
“You know they’re a very resilient team. They have shown if they’re not playing at their best, they still get the results somehow – that’s always the mark of a team with a winning mentality, especially when it’s consistent.
“But you know it’s going to end, and you want to be the team who can go out there and achieve that.
“It’s one where these games take care of themselves, it’s second versus first, and there’s no bigger incentive than coming off the back of losing a game [at Manchester City on Saturday].
“It’s the best game we could have. We’re taking on one of the super teams in European football. We want to fight and bring the best level of the game we can. Let’s see where it takes us.”
Liverpool’s last Premier League failure dates back to January 3 when they lost 2-1 to Manchester City on the road.
It will be a daunting prospect for the Foxes to inflict the first loss of the season on the high-flying visitors, as they’ve lost four of their last five top-flight H2H clashes, drawing the other one.
Also, Rodgers lost his previous game against his former employers when James Milner’s 95-minute’s spot-kick broke a 1-1 tie to seal all three points for the Reds.