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Jurgen Klopp has plan to stop Jamie Vardy despite Liverpool’s defensive crisis

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp knows the only way his side can silence Jamie Vardy.

The Champions League and Premier League winning manager has raved over the ability of last season’s Golden Boot winner – noting how he has adapted his game in recent seasons.

The 33-year-old, who has already managed eight goals in seven league outings this campaign – needs to be stopped from getting in behind the back line.

Vardy and Leicester are in action against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, with the Foxes looking to go back to the top of the Premier League table.

"It's incredible and how he uses (his pace) and how smart he is, how he has adapted his game over the years," said Klopp before their encounter.

"He is a massive threat for everyone, he really gambles in a good way with the last line, taking the risk in these situations and his technical level is really good.

"Jamie is a proper player and it always a challenge to defend him and the only way I know to defend him is to make sure he doesn't get the pass he wants so that means we have to defend all the others as well.

"Leicester showed last year how good they can be and this year they are doing so again.

"They changed their style slightly because of the injuries they had and they did really well with it and it was a good example of how to deal with an injury 'crisis'.

"They have a clear idea how they want to play and they are contenders for everything. This year they are more experienced in the situation."

Klopp will be without both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the foreseeable future following serious injuries to both, but Andy Robertson is set to start with Trent Alexander-Arnold not yet ready.

On his injuries, he said: "If we can do something in January, I have no idea.

“If we want to do something in January, I have no idea. We'll just have to see.”

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