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Paul Merson sends Jamie Vardy warning to Liverpool defence ahead of Leicester clash

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Merson is expecting Jamie Vardy to run riot at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Merson says Jamie Vardy is going to ‘have fun’ playing against Liverpool this weekend and can’t see Jurgen Klopp’s makeshift defence being able to keep the Leicester striker at bay.

The 33-year-old has scored eight Premier League goals in seven games this season and will be looking to take advantage of the Reds’ injury-hit backline.

Liverpool go into Sunday’s game without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson, who have all suffered injuries in recent weeks.

Klopp has plenty of absentees in his backline (Picture: Getty Images)

Van Dijk and Gomez are set for extended periods on the sidelines with serious knee injuries, while Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out with a calf problem and Henderson is carrying a knock.

Mohamed Salah is also expected to miss the clash at Anfield after testing positive for coronavirus during the international break, but Klopp is hoping he can welcome back emergency defender Fabinho to partner Joel Matip at centre-back.

With their multiple injury problems in defence, Arsenal legend Merson can see the in-form Vardy having a field day at Anfield on Sunday.

‘Jamie Vardy is going to have fun against Liverpool this weekend,’ Merson told the Daily Star. ‘I don’t see how they can stop him.

‘Take Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez out of that back four and they don’t have the pace to cope.

‘Liverpool would be alright against any other team. But not this Leicester team. And it’s because of Vardy.

‘No-one else has a forward like that – and he loves scoring in the big games against the big teams.

‘I don’t personally think Liverpool are going to stop him. So they will have to try and outscore him.

‘They’ve still got plenty of firepower and I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will be shutting up shop. He will go on the attack.

‘Don’t forget, Liverpool don’t lose at Anfield. Their record there is incredible. So even a draw is a good result for Leicester.

‘I think Leicester would take that now, even with all the injuries Liverpool have got.’

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