Liverpool ’s biggest task at Anfield on Sunday will be keeping Jamie Vardy quiet.

But as the Leicester striker has shown for years in the Premier League, and especially this season, that is easier said than done.

The 33-year-old has already netted eight times in seven top-flight appearances this term.

Leicester sit top of the table largely thanks to Vardy’s potency in front of goal.

Against Liverpool’s biggest title rivals Manchester City, the former England international bagged a hat-trick at the Etihad back in late September.

And his focus will now be on tormenting Liverpool’s backline, with the added motivation of coming up against a very makeshift unit.

Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in seven Premier League fixtures this season
Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in seven Premier League fixtures this season

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are all sidelined, while Andy Robertson remains a doubt too with a tight hamstring picked up on international duty with Scotland.

Paul Merson subsequently predicts Vardy will make it a long evening for Liverpool’s back-ups.

“Jamie Vardy is going to have fun against Liverpool this weekend,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star Sport column . “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 need to look at their Virgil van Dijk problem differently, says Paul Merson
Liverpool need to keep a close eye on Jamie Vardy, says Paul Merson

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“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.

Liverpool's defenders are going to have to be alert and fully prepared to deal with Jamie Vardy at Anfield

“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.”

Fabinho and Joel Matip could partner one another at the back against the Foxes.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp can turn to his younger talents like Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips.