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Klopp wary of threat posed by Leicester striker Vardy

The 32-year-old has a good scoring record in games against the Reds.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of the threat of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (Nick Potts/PA)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of the threat of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (Nick Potts/PA)

Jurgen Klopp is wary of the threat posed by Liverpool’s nemesis Jamie Vardy and cannot explain why the striker has such a good record against them.

The 32-year-old forward has scored seven of the Foxes’ last 10 goals against the Reds and all his goals have come in just eight appearances.

Vardy, 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 Reds in the Premier League, with only Andrew Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (eight) having more.

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Jurgen Klopp has praised the scoring exploits of Jamie Vardy (Mike Egerton/PA)

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).

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Liverpool are trying to stay ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League title race (Martin Rickett/PA)

“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, still four points behind the Reds, at the top of the Premier League.

“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.

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Klopp has called on Liverpool fans to back their team (David Davies/PA)

“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?

“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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