Frustration for Foxes as winning run can’t halt Reds juggernaut
Leicester City fans must be frustrated that, despite their club’s stellar form, they are still eight points behind table-topping Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers clearly saw something in the Foxes squad when deciding to leave the relative comfort of guaranteed Celtic success to take over at the King Power Stadium and his move has paid off.
After encouraging signs in the latter stages of last term, the Northern Irish tactician has guide his charges to second in the top-flight standings, with 38 points from 16 games played.
That would usually be enough to top the table but Liverpool’s continued record-breaking run means they are still a long way behind.
The East Midlanders are now six points clear of champions Manchester City – a measure of the progression under Rodgers – and the impossible dream of a second Premier League title would now be a real possibility but for the Reds.
Leicester’s amazing title win under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-2016, while universally praised, was considered something that could never happen again, with most of the big clubs not at their best during that campaign.
With the leading lights also not firing consistently this time around, the stars seem aligned for the impossible to be repeated, but there is the huge Anfield obstacle to overcome.
A gap of eight points would normally be considered tough to bridge but Jurgen Klopp’s men do not look like losing and seem to be sweeping all before them, makes it all the more difficult.
"An outstanding win." 👌
Brendan Rodgers speaking after #AvlLei ⤵️
— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 9, 2019
Even if they do not manage to overhaul the Merseysiders by next May, the fact that Rodgers’ side are even being mentioned as possible title contenders is an incredible achievement in such a short space of time.
Next up for City is the visit of Norwich City but the real test of their title aspirations comes over the festive period, with a trip to the Etihad to take on Pep Guardiola’s City on December 21 before Liverpool come calling on Boxing Day.
The build-up to the Liverpool game will be huge, especially if Klopp’s side have won all their games between now and December 26, with the focus being on whether Leicester can finally lower their colours.
Victory over the European champions would be huge news in the English game but still put only a slight dent in their points advantage.
Foxes fans might just have to be content with returning to the Champions League in 2020-21 – a sentence that seemed unlikely to be written ever again after their first foray into Europe but one that will become more familiar as the Rodgers revolution gathers pace.