Maddison in cheeky taunt about ‘easy’ Liverpool test awaiting Leicester

James Maddison Newcastle v Leicester January 2021

Leicester midfielder James Maddison has joked that his players have an “easy” test ahead of them when they face champions Liverpool on Saturday.

The Reds head into the match after suffering a damaging 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last Sunday.

The loss extended their recent poor run, making it only two wins from the past nine Premier League games. More crucially, though, their title hopes now look all-but out of sight.

As such, focus has turned to securing a place in the top four, which is also not a guaranteed proposition. Leicester are a key rival in the race, sitting three points ahead of Jurgen Klopp‘s men in third.

Speaking to the Foxes’ official website, Maddison – who has a penchant for giving engaging interviews – did not pass up on the chance to make another joke.

“It’s a nice easy one at the weekend!” the England international said.

He added on his opponents’ current form: “I’ve heard people say it’s probably a good time to play Liverpool.

“They’ve got a fantastic team still. I know they were beaten by Man City 4-1, but they’ve still got a top team and they’ve still got a fit squad, apart from the centre-halves.

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“They’ve got a full attacking line, midfielders and the goalkeeper.”

Leicester head into the match having built up a poor record against Liverpool in recent seasons. The Foxes have not won any of the last five meetings, a 1-1 draw at Anfield in January 2019 their best effort.

Indeed, Klopp’s men have won the other four, including a powerful 4-0 drubbing at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day last season.

Maddison reflects on Liverpool defeats

Trent Alexander-Arnold Leicester v Liverpool December 2019

“We’ll be trying to put right the result we had against them at King Power Stadium last year. That was a tough one to take,” Maddison said.

“It really showed a difference in class and they went on to become champions.

“We’ve come a long way since then and hopefully we can put in a good account of ourselves.”

Maddison has proved a key figure in his side’s progression, scoring four goals in the past 10 games in all competitions.

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