I can remember the moment that Leicester City clinched the Premier League title back in 2016 as though it was yesterday. I was sat with my colleague and Foxes fan Dharmendra Rama in the office, waiting for the result of their match against Tottenham Hotspur, when word came through that they had drawn, which was enough to clinch the title, Dharmendra ran through the office like he’d just scored the winning goal. What Leicester did that season was miraculous, but could lightning be about to strike twice?
Leicester are currently 8 points behind leaders Liverpool in 2nd place, and here is how I believe they can make sure that history repeats itself.
Keep Vardy Fit
Brendan Rodgers knows just how good a player Jamie Vardy is and just how crucial he is to this team’s success. This is why one of the most important things that he can do this season is to keep Vardy fit. It is difficult with strikers who want to stay on pitch when the team is playing well and score more goals, but if they are serious about potentially winning the league then Vardy has to stay fit. He has made the right move in retiring from international football, now is the time for his manager to take care of him.
Eight points may sound like big gap but it is worth bearing in mind that there are still 24 games to be played this season and that Leicester and Liverpool will face off against each other on the 26th of December. Given the chock full schedule which Liverpool have over the next month, this will be a perfect opportunity for Leicester to close the gap down to 5, or perhaps less, with a big win that will damage the mentality of this Liverpool team.
Keeping the Run
One of the biggest reasons why Leicester were able to pull off that incredible title win 3 years ago was because they could put these winning runs together that just went on and on, and the confidence of fans and of the players was so high that they felt as though they just couldn’t lose. They are on one of these runs now and they have to ensure that if they do get beaten, that they get right back on top.
There is little doubt the impact that Brendan Rodgers has made since coming to the club and that is exactly why the Foxes must do all that they can to make sure that he stays put. Arsenal will no doubt be looking to Rodgers since the sacking of Unai Emery and given the way that the Northern Irishman left Celtic mid-season, it is clear that loyalty isn’t really his thing. Leicester must do all that they can to keep Rodgers from Arsenal’s clutches if they really want to win something this year.
They can’t do it again can they? Can they…