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Liverpool face Vardy threat, Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined with ankle injury

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Published on December 24, 2019 - Duration: 02:14s

Liverpool face Vardy threat, Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined with ankle injury

RESENDING WITH SCRIPT AND SHOTLIST SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP ENTERS NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL

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Liverpool face Vardy threat, Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined with ankle injury

RESENDING WITH SCRIPT AND SHOTLIST SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP ENTERS NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SAYING: "We are not, we are not in this situation where we are in because we thought things are over before they are over, we are not in the situation we are in because we didn't take each game we played so far 100 per cent serious, boys were always 100 per cent focused and that's what we will be at

Class="kln">Leicester." LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - MARCH 17, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

LEICESTER STRIKER JAMIE VARDY WALKING TO TRAINING SESSION LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SPEAKING ABOUT STOPPING JAMIE VARDY, SAYING: "We will try, we will try.

The only problem we have is that it is not only Jamie, he's a massive threat obviously.

He's an exceptional striker, what can you say.

Over years, since I am in England he's one of the top three probably because he's always scoring and he is difficult to defend, always on shoulder, running in your back, playing with offside line, really, really, really dangerous so that's how it is but in football the only thing you can do is to avoid passes, try to avoid as many passes as you can to him, and that's what we will try like we always do and yeah, that's it pretty much but Leicester is not only Jamie Vardy, Brendan (Rogers) did an excellent job there and they are a proper top class team in the situation where people still to speak about them like a little bit 'oh, how did they come there?'

But the quality they have is exceptional plus the manager they have makes a really good mix." DOHA, QATAR (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 5.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN LYING INJURED ON THE PITCH DURING THE CLUB WORLD CUP FINAL AGAINST FLAMENGO 6.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN LEAVING THE PITCH DURING THE CLUB WORLD CUP FINAL AGAINST FLAMENGO LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN WALKING DOWN THE STEPS OF AEROPLANE ON CRUTCHES AS LIVERPOOL ARRIVE BACK FROM QATAR AFTER WINNING CLUB WORLD CUP LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SPEAKING ABOUT OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN'S INJURY, SAYING: "You have three ligaments on the outside of the ankle, one of them is damaged and now we have to see how quick we can fix that, I don't know exactly, I had the injury myself but it was years ago and yeah, it can take a while or it can be quick, we have to see, but no chance of course for Thursday, no chance this year Oxlade will not play anymore, that's clear and we have to see how quick it can settle, yeah, that's it." STORY: Liverpool, newly crowned Club World Cup winners, return to their main task -- fighting for their first league title in 30 years -- when they face their closest challengers Leicester City on Thursday (December 26).

The Boxing Day clash of the top-two, at Leicester's King Power stadium, headlines a full programme of festive fixtures and despite Leicester's 3-1 reverse at Manchester City on Saturday (December 21), Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp is aware of the dangers that his side face.

Liverpool are on 49 points and have a 10-point lead with a game in hand over Leicester in the Premier League standings.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who was replaced by Klopp at Anfield, has built a team that has won as many games as Pep Guardiola's City, 12 out of 18.

They have lost just three times and in Jamie Vardy they have the league's top scorer with 17 goals.

"We will try (to stop Vardy).

He's a massive striker, an exceptional striker.

One of the top three since I've been in England," said Klopp at a news conference in Liverpool on Tuesday (December 24).

"He's difficult to defend, always on the shoulder... playing the offside line, really dangerous.

The only thing you can do is avoid the passes to him and that's what we'll try.

"But Leicester is not only Jamie Vardy.

Brendan has done an excellent job there and they're a proper top class team.

The quality they have is exceptional," added the German.

Klopp will need to draw on his strength in depth given that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered an ankle injury in the extra-time win over Flamengo in the Club World Cup final in Qatar.

Klopp confirmed the 26-year-old would not play during the busy festive period when Liverpool play three times in eight days.

With Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Brazilian Fabinho all sidelined, Joe Gomez is likely to partner Virgil van Dijk in the center of defence.

(Production: Annette Faydenko)

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