The last time Liverpool headed to the King Power, Leicester were on the crest of a wave.
This time, they’re on the brink of a crisis.
That’s football. Things can change so quickly in this game, and nothing should surprise you.
It’s incredible to see how much the champions have struggled this season, and to see the questions being asked of the manager who guided them to that unbelievable Premier League triumph.
Liverpool’s job next Monday is simple though; show no mercy, and pile on the misery.
Watching Leicester recently, one thing is absolutely clear – their confidence is shot to bits.
They’ve been poor in the league, and beaten by a League One team in the FA Cup at the weekend. Their belief is gone, and we are seeing that in their performances.
I think everyone expected them to struggle in relation to last season – I thought they’d finish around mid-table – but not this badly. This is where people expected them to be in the first place!
They dealt with a good kind of pressure last season, but they’re struggling under a bad kind of pressure this time around. They look like a team that’s going in only one direction.
Liverpool cannot give them anything to hold onto, they cannot give them any kind of encouragement. We know what their threat is, even if they haven’t used it much this season. It’s Vardy and Mahrez, and the young lad Gray. Keep them quiet, defend properly and go from there.
We have had a fortnight’s rest, so they should be ready to go there and set the tone, to dominate.
Yes, we know they need the points and their fans will be looking for a reaction, but if Liverpool go there and start quickly, front foot and ask questions, it could be a very profitable night for them.
And don’t forget, we need the win as badly as they do. Just for a different reason.
Why I want no more talk of tiredness
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Klopp and players cycle to hotel after training session in La Manga
It’s a word used far too often in the modern game.
So let me tell you, I’m tired of all this talk about ‘tiredness’.
Liverpool have had the luxury of a fortnight away from competitive action. They’ve been over to Spain, done some training and bonded as a team, a change of scenery and routine.
Now it’s back to business at Melwood. They should be refreshed, recharged and ready to go again.
We have 13 cup finals now, starting next Monday. No fixture congestion, no distractions in the cups, let’s have it.
The Spurs game was like pressing the reset button, starting again after the bad run. We looked like the side from earlier in the season, now we have to build on that.
We know the job we have to do, so let’s see if we can rise to the challenge.
Summer strengthening needed if we are to be one of the big six
It used to be the big four in the Premier League, but that has definitely stretched to six now.
And the race for Champions League places this season will go down to the very last day of the campaign, I’m absolutely certain of that.
We’re right in the mix, and I fancy us to finish the season strongly.
But looking ahead, we definitely need a stronger squad if we are going to cement our place in this group.
Assuming we have European football next season – and hopefully it’s the Champions League – we will need more depth to cope with those busy weeks. The likes of City, United and Spurs seem to be able to, but we need the owners to dig deep in the summer and add real quality.
That’s the club’s big challenge.
FA Cup made me smile this weekend
There are plenty of people who do the FA Cup down these days, and it’s hard to deny the fact that the competition has changed.
But for me it will always have a special place in my heart.
It was the one medal I wanted as a player, more than any other. I grew up with the big Wembley finals and the dreams of playing in them. I was lucky enough to do so.
So I loved seeing Lincoln make history on Saturday, I loved seeing the underdogs getting right up for their games.
And I had myself a wry smile when I saw Chelsea get drawn at home to Manchester United. That should be one to enjoy in the quarters.
My only regret? That Liverpool missed a big opportunity to get themselves a trophy this season.
I think Jurgen will have the same regrets, too.