The Nigeria international has been one of the Foxes’ top performers in the Premier League so far as Leicester City have risen up the Premier League table to third but their manager is under no illusion regarding the enormity of their task ahead of their trip to Anfield.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers makes his first return to Anfield since leaving the Merseyside club after a three-year spell at the Reds and the 46-year-old expects a ‘very, very difficult’ challenge against the European champions.
Jurgen Klopp’s side boast one of the world’s most revered attacking trio in Mane, Firmino and Salah but a vibrant and in-form Foxes team marshaled in midfield by their Nigerian enforcer Wilfred Ndidi will travel with confidence.
Rodgers however is wary of the challenge his City side will come up against when facing a team who have won their last 16 matches in the Premier League, including the first seven of the 2019/20 campaign.
“We just want to continue with our performance level. We know it’s going to be a really, really difficult game,” Rodgers told Leicester City media as monitored by Soccernet.ng.
“Liverpool are on an incredible run, at home and away, in terms of winning games in the Premier League, so we’re under no illusions of the task.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to test and challenge the quality of their team and that’s something that we’ve been looking at since we’ve worked together.
“We’re bringing a real positive mindset into our games, a real aggressive mentality, no matter who the opponent is.
“We recognise, of course, we’re playing against a top-level opponent. Like I say, they’re European champions currently, so it’s always going to be a tough game, but we’re excited by that.
“As we move along, the players are having that belief. No one expects us to get anything from the game, that’s the reality [against] Liverpool in the form they are in.
“However, for us, we go into every game to look to perform, to work well and see where it takes us.”
“Well, we go there to test the Champions League winners, that’s our job,” Rodgers continued.
“We go there with the belief in how we’re playing and we believe that when we can go and play to that level, and work as well as we have been, that we can match any team.
“That’s what we’re looking forward to and what I’m looking forward to seeing in the game on Saturday, seeing how we can then go and impose our way of playing.
“We recognise, of course, we’re playing against a top-level opponent. Like I say, they’re European champions currently, so it’s always going to be a tough game, but we’re excited by that.”