Jamie Carragher has talked up the potential impact of Jamie Vardy on tomorrow’s clash between Leicester and Liverpool.

The former Reds defender turned Sky Sports pundit used his Telegraph column to pay tribute to the Englishman’s enduring quality.

He said Jurgen Klopp’s heart will have sunk when he saw Vardy ramp up his return from injury last week at Wolves.

Leicester only drew that game 0-0 and their lack of threat without Vardy summed up his importance to his side.

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“Deep down, Brendan (Rodgers) knows it is not just about what Vardy’s goals bring,” said Carragher. “(James) Maddison, (Harvey) Barnes and others are more effective with Vardy in the team. 

“His presence changes how an opponent might play against Leicester, creating space for team-mates because defenders are frightened when a player with Vardy’s pace and movement is on their shoulder for 90 minutes.


Put it this way; Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp’s heart will have sunk a little when noting Vardy’s return as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

“He knows this weekend’s trip to Leicester will be tougher if Vardy starts.”

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With Liverpool still trying to get results with a patched-up the defence, the sight of a fit again Vardy is the last thing they’ll want to see.

His pace in behind is so dangerous and now he’s had some time on the sidelines to recharge his batteries too.

Vardy will test Liverpool’s high line no end tomorrow as Leicester try and lay down a marker in the race for the top four.

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