Leicester City may have won the title last season in one of the most shocking, unexpected results ever seen in a major sports league. Now, though, this season—they know they won’t be favoured to repeat. Title holders or not, they’re underdogs. Or at least that’s how they’re approaching things.
“After last season it was always going to be hard,” said midfielder Andy King of trying to follow up on last season’s surprise title. “After a few games, whatever we did, people were going to compare to last season and say it’s a slow start. But now we have our first win, we can hopefully get up and running.
“Winning at Anfield would be a real statement. We know it’s going to be tough because they’ve had a good start themselves, but we know if we play the way we can, then we can be a match for anyone. I know Burnley won 2-0, but they had 81% possession, so we know what they’re about.”
Liverpool had a lot of possession against Burnley, but lacking early-season star Sadio Mané, they failed to find any real cutting edge. With Mané expected to start at Anfield on Saturday, and with Daniel Sturridge a fully fit option, and with a home crowd, a more incisive attack will be expected.
Still, for all that many, both Leicester players and those watching on from the outside—both Liverpool fans and neutrals—might consider the Foxes underdogs, King is confident. On paper, Liverpool might be the favourites heading into Saturday. But on paper, Leicester never should have won the league.
“Jürgen Klopp is all about high energy,” King added. “They’ve signed well and have good players, so it’s going to be a tough game. Coupled with the fact they have got the new stand, they’re going to want to win their first home game. But we know with the team we have, we can go there and cause an upset.”