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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy ahead of the Reds’ trip to King Power Stadium on Saturday.
The Reds have lost two games in a row and are heading into this game after a miserable 4-1 loss to Manchester City at Anfield.
With 10 points behind league leaders City, who have a game on their hands, Liverpool cannot afford to lose any more points if they really want to retain their Premier League crown.
Klopp confirmed today that the Reds will not have Fabinho for this game. The Brazilian midfielder, who has been playing as a makeshift center-back this season following injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, has been outstanding for the Reds, and his absence is a serious blow.
It remains to be seen what combination Klopp goes with in this match, with the two newcomers, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies, in contention for the opening roles.
If one or both are called up, it will be a tough challenge against Vardy, who has been in fantastic form this season.
Klopp feels that a week at training camp in Kirkby has calmed the nerves of the two new players signed in the January transfer window.
The Reds boss hailed Vardy: who makes £ 140k a week in Leicester – as a “world class” player and has suggested that it will be “difficult” to keep it under control.
Klopp said: Obviously, Jamie is a real challenge in this league. The way he plays, the way his teammates cheat on him. That is a good job to do.
“But we can only do it, always, with the whole team. This is how we always try to do it. We have to avoid the passes.
Jamie is a confident world-class player in this specific area of the field, with his speed that’s really tricky.
“With [Kabak and Davies]Obviously now we had some sessions together where we could really work in this defensive setup, and that’s very, very important.
“But we also have, in addition to that, other players available. Nat Phillips did very well, along with Hendo, along with Fabinho ”.
Vardy has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season for the Foxes. Leicester is heading into this match after a 1-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Wednesday.