It’s hard not to feel as though Liverpool will have one hand on the Premier League trophy if they defeat Leicester City on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will establish a seven-point lead at the top of the table should they overcome the Foxes following Manchester City’s shock defeat to Newcastle.
Of course, Liverpool crumbled from a more advantageous position in the 2013-14 season. But there’s a different feeling surrounding this current squad, which appears to have the mental strength to deal with the pressure.
They will need to be wary of Jamie Vardy when Leicester travel to Anfield, though.
The 32-year-old has scored seven goals in eight Premier League matches against the Reds. Only Andrew Cole and Thierry Henry have netted more against them.
And Klopp is aware of the threat that Vardy will pose to what is expected to be a makeshift Liverpool defence.
“Jamie is a fantastic striker. It’s quality, the speed he has, the finishing skills he has,” Klopp said, per talkSPORT.
Klopp remembers Vardy's goal he could have scored
Yet, as impressive as Vardy’s record against Liverpool is, Klopp still remembers the goal he scored that shouldn’t have been allowed.
It came in Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Leicester in September 2016, when Lucas Leiva gifted Vardy a goal by passing to him in front of an empty net.
“He’s a massive threat and he always was, but a few times we made it pretty easy for him,” the Liverpool boss added.
“Lucas Leiva, did he get an assist? I could have scored that goal.
“I don’t exactly know why Jamie has such a good record against us but I would say minus one goal because that was the only one he shouldn’t have scored."
Here's a reminder of that goal. Vardy couldn't miss.
Afterwards, Lucas would joke that it was his first assist in 10 years.
On Vardy, Klopp added: “A very good player and that’s why he’s such a threat.”
Vardy’s penchant for scoring against them hasn’t stopped Liverpool from winning their last three meetings against Leicester in the league.
A fourth-straight win against them will go a long way to securing the Premier League title.