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Stopping Jamie Vardy is the key to Liverpool v Leicester, says Sadio Mane

By James Richards

Published: 12:24, 5 October 2019

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane believes stopping Jamie Vardy will be key if they are to triumph over Leicester City this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have made the perfect start to the new season, winning all seven of their opening Premier League games to the 2019/20 season. They face an in-form Leicester at Anfield this weekend.

Can Liverpool make it the perfect eight? Five things to know…

  • Liverpool have taken 21 points from a possible 21 so far this season, sitting five-points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
  • Leicester have also made a good start, losing only once so far this campaign.
  • The Foxes sit third in the table ahead of Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd so far.
  • They meet on matchday eight in the Premier League with Brendan Rodgers returning to Anfield.
  • Sadio Mane believes the Foxes top scorer Jamie Vardy must be stopped if Liverpool are to win.

The Reds have been excellent this season, starting with seven consecutive wins and making top spot their own. They have put down a marker for the chasing pack to try and match but will be in for a difficult game on Saturday when they face former boss Brendan Rodgers and his Foxes outfit who are currently third in the table, just seven points behind the leaders.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is hoping his side will improve on the performance that saw them concede three times in mid-week against Salzburg and thinks stopping Leicester striker Jamie Vardy will go a long way to helping them get the win.

“I think if we want to win we have to play better than [against Salzburg] because we know Leicester,” said the Senegal star. “Especially this season they are very strong and a very good team.

“For sure we are going to learn from it and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us.

“I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready.

“Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances – that will be the key.”

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Mane had a busy summer, representing Sengal in the AFCON, but is making sure he prioritises rest and recouperation in order to cope with Liverpool’s busy schedule.

“I try to rest as much as I can because I know it was a really busy summer for me and many games are coming,” he said with a smile. “Especially when you are always playing.

“You have to eat well and sleep as much as you can and that is what I try to do – and [I have] a lot of treatment as well!”

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