BRIGHTON AND HOVE, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 12, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp wary of Leicester’s changed approach & Liverpool’s ‘nemesis’

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.

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, August 11, 2017: Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“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, 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.

“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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