Three key battles to look out for in Liverpool v Leicester City…

It’s Liverpool’s first game at their new, redeveloped, Anfield this weekend so who better to help celebrate it than the visit of the current Premier League champions, Leicester City?

The Foxes travel to Merseyside level on points with their Saturday evening opponents after an opening day loss at Hull was followed up by a draw with Arsenal and win over Swansea, as they look to avenge one of the very few losses they suffered last season.

The Reds meanwhile got their solitary win so far at Arsenal before a loss at Burnley and draw at Tottenham so will be hoping to get back to winning ways at their increased capacity home.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will want to lay down a marker that they’re genuine title challengers whilst the Foxes will be looking to show the league they’re going to defend their title with all the fight that got them it to start with.

We’re expecting battles all over the pitch then, and here are the three to look out for in particular…

Christian Fuchs v Sadio Mane

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Mane has started as well as all the Reds fans could have hoped for with a couple of explosive displays already.

Things happen when he gets on the ball and that’s why if the Foxes want something from the game Fuchs needs to keep him quiet.

The Austrian was as solid as they came last season and needs to be so again whilst Mane also needs to make sure he tracks back with the Leicester man as his left foot will cause the Reds problems.

Jamie Vardy v Dejan Lovren

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Lovren is becoming the player Liverpool thought they’d signed a few years ago from Southampton. He’s looking more assured under Jurgen Klopp but if there’s one thing that could unsettle him it’s going to be Vardy’s pace.

The England man will try and get past the Croatian at every opportunity hassling him for the full game so Lovren needs to stay switched on because if he gives Vardy even an inch it could be curtains.

Riyad Mahrez v James Milner

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James Milner is going to be Liverpool’s left back this season – baffling isn’t it?

Whilst the former Man City man performed well in this role against Spurs there will be a time he comes under more pressure than he did at the Lane and Mahrez will certainly look to provide that.

The Algerian had most orthodox left backs on toast last season as he cut in from the right so this is going to be a real test of Milner’s credentials in this role.