Liverpool will host Leicester City at Anfield tonight and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that his team can continue their current form after picking up their third consecutive win against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Klopp has been given a boost ahead of the clash with James Maddison set to be sidelined with a knee injury for the fixture, meaning his defenders won’t have to keep one of the most in-form players in the top flight quiet.
The Foxes have also suffered a tumultuous start to their season too and have even spent time in the relegation zone over their first 16 outings so far and after a loss to Newcastle United this week, Klopp will be hoping his team can capitalise on Leicester’s poor form.
As a result, the Liverpool boss could unleash one of his youth prospects in the starting eleven following his explosive substitution appearance in the final moments of the game at Villa Park earlier this week, with Stefan Bajcetic netting the third and final goal of the game for the Reds.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been enjoying glimpses of first-team action after impressing the German coach with his performances in the U21s and now that Liverpool are struggling to dominate games in the centre of the pitch, the talented teenager could earn a starting spot to terrify Brendan Rodgers this evening.
Over his 11-minute appearance in the Premier League earlier this week, Bajcetic – who was dubbed “cheeky as hell” by Klopp – scored one goal, won one tackle, completed one interception, and one clearance, on top of 100%. completed dribbles and 50% of duels won.
With that being said, it is surely a no-brainer for Klopp to reward Bajcetic with a spot in the starting eleven this evening as a fresh perspective in the centre of the pitch could be exactly what Liverpool needs to see the game out comfortably and provide some unpredictability in the heart of the team.