City aren't our main rival?

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    captkirk
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    I saw a video on youtube yesterday where the hosts said that there were two teams dominating the PL, and someone made a comment that Liverpool had opened a six point gap and Leicester was breathing on the neck of City.

    Pundits and fans who follow the PL have already made up their mind that it will be a two horse race between us and City, but I’m beginning to consider the possibility that it might be Leicester who have the staying power to hang on to the coat tail of the new favourites.

    They have four or five players who won the PL, Rodgers has surely progressed since his miss with us, and I believe the misfortune that hit them with the helicopter crash and their desire to honour the memory of their former boss might prove a big incentive for them to give their best. Add to that that they don’t have any European commitments, I feel we should be wary of them.

    City have an ageing squad and they look very suspect at the back. The left flank may be their achilles heel and I’m not sure that Sterling is a world class player yet and they will rely more on Aguero to get goals. I may be wrong on that count though.

    #1797541

    Mikus
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    Leicester do look very impressive and Rodgers does seem to have tempered things down with regards to the basketball games we saw under him. It does just show how important identity is for a team. Of course tactics are still a key area, but if a team knows exactly what their job it gives them meaning and so consistency and fight. Rodgers also didn’t have the easiest of times with the transfer committee.

    But this weekend’s game with City will tell us an awful lot. If we win and go 9 points clear, that will be a huge statement and put a more serious question mark over City this season and it would obviously give a boost to Leicester. Big if though at the moment.

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    Razor
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    Chelsea are no slouches either. They may be awful defensively but going forward they’re as good as anyone. City still have to play United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester before the year ends. That period will define who really are the clear favorites. The general opinion from my friends who are Leicester supporters is that they only need an injury to Vardy to derail their season. Midfield is where all their quality is. It all depends on which squad gets the rub of the green with regards to injuries.

    #1797822

    captkirk
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    Rodgers should be in the frame to manage the biggest clubs according to Neville. He seems to be the third best manager in the PL right now Mikus.

    Hopefully Chelsea can get something out of their home fixture against City and Vardy stays fit cause I want them to do well.

    #1797875
    j c
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    I think Leicester will find it hard to finish top 6, to be honest.
    They’re some way off the level of City.

    They’ve strung together some good results, while the usual top 6 have had bad results.
    It’s only early days though, three quarters of the season still to play and I suspect this won’t last.

    #1797881

    NotoriousBingo
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    JC Leicester are the third strongest team in the league IMHO, they got a really good setup over there, the results don’t lie and they have amassed the 3rd most points in the league since Rodgers took over.

    Who else would be there… Arsenal do not have the mentality for it, United are fucked, Spurs are in free fall, Chelsea are actually doing good and I think it will be them battling it out with Leicester for the bronze but nobody else is there or showing any kind of form to suggest they could be there.

    With everyone else falling off the pace but if they have a injury to Vardy they are fucked but he could take the golden boot this year and guide them to the Champions League.

    #1797883

    gingerlfc
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    I’ll be extremely surprised if Leicester dont finish top 6 nevermind top 4.
    They have a very good young team mixed with a coupla experienced heads who have won the Prem and have a decent manager who has challenged for the Prem and is a serial winner in Scotland.
    They do not have European distractions so when they finish their game on a Sat they have all week to focus on whoever they play the following weekend. Don’t underestimate having that time to prepare most weeks.

    That being said City are our main rivals. The game against Leicester away on Boxing Day will not be easy though.

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    j c
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    Those are fair points, but I think the table flatters them a bit.

    For me, Spurs, Chelsea, Utd and Arsenal are better.

    Leicester have played top-half teams just 4 times so far (who finished in the top half last season), and took just 4 points from a possible 12.
    Their other 7 games were vs bottom-half or newly promoted teams, 2 of which were against 10 men with early red cards in the first half.

    They’ve got a tough game, at home, against Arsenal this weekend. They need to start getting results in these sorts of games to be a contender for the top 6.

    #1797917

    gingerlfc
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    I struggle to see how Utd or Arsenal are better than them.
    Utd would love to have a striker like Vardy or midfielders like Teilemans or Maddison. Leicester sold them Maguire and they’re still doing very well in defence, better than Utd.

    Arsenal might have a good forward line but I can’t say much for their midfield and particularly their defence.

    Leicester are well rounded in keeper, defence, midfield and up front.

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    j c
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    We’ll know better when we get into the latter stages of the season.

    Utd are certainly struggling right now, and if Leicester oust anyone it will probably be them. But let’s not forget that Leicester played against Utd a few weeks ago and lost.

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    Rob Fort Worth TX
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    Ginger, never-mind United, I would love to have Vardy and Maddison!

    #1798365

    pinezes69
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    Leicester and Chlesea have vry good teams and I can not write them off!!
    The destiny owes a EPL to us!!

    #1798762

    Songman
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    Liverpool need to be very careful now, and not get carried away or complacent as there are 3 other top teams that can win the league – City, Leicester or Chelsea. And I really fear all these teams, and by fear I mean we need to use this as a supreme motivation.

    The best thing for us to do now is to try and amass as many points as possible, and as soon as possible, so as to put the result beyond all doubt.

    As Klopp said yesterday, who wants to be top of the table in November, it means absolutely nothing, and I agree with him 100%.

    Only thing to focus on is beating Palace next week

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    Red Herring
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    Been looking at the respective fixtures of us and City throughout the rest of the season and both teams have fixture runs of, ‘on paper !!’ easier and harder games and our’s and City’s tend to alternate. I’m particularly looking at the back-end of the season where we have in Feb and March:

    Southampton, Norwich, West Ham, Watford, Bournmouth, Everton and Palace

    whereas City have in the corresponding period:

    Spurs, West Ham, Leicester, Arsenal, Man Utd, Burnley, Chelsea.

    Then, we play City on 4 April and after that then things flip again and they have the easier run-in than us. Therefore, whatever happens between now and February – and we do have a horrendous number of fixtures to get through – we should have a great opportunity to tighten the screw in February and March and, hopefully, to have put City out of reach before we play them and reduce their motivation.

    #1799310

    pinezes69
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    Imagine Chelsea with De Bryune, Salah, Pulisic and all the youngsters….

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    AK
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    lets concentrate on ourselves keep winning & putting some serious points on the board the mentality has to be 100% focused on us now.
    We look forward & only forward.

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