Despite having won 9-0 on their last visit to St. Mary’s, it went under the radar somewhat when Leicester City dropped points at Southampton last weekend.

The same cannot be said of their shock defeat to Newcastle United on Friday night.

It has been another memorable season for the Foxes under former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, with the 2016 Premier League champions still well-placed to qualify for next season’s Champions League and set to compete in their first FA Cup final since 1969.

However, could history be about to repeat itself?

Taking on Chelsea at Wembley in what will be their fifth final appearance, should Leicester lose then they will extend their unwanted record of being the side with the most FA Cup final appearances without ever winning the competition.

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As a result, the Foxes have plenty to play for during the final weeks of the season.

But after missing out on Champions League football from a position of strength last year, could their draw with the Saints and loss to the Magpies be a sign that the pressure is starting to get to them once again?

Rodgers’ men looked set to be Liverpool’s main title-rivals last season before they were thrashed 4-0 by the Reds at last season’s midway point.

Then second in the table, they endured a miserable second half of the campaign as they won just six times in the league to eventually drop to fifth - missing out on Champions League football as both Manchester United and Chelsea crept ahead of them in the final weeks of the season.

Leicester have avoided such a demise this season and currently boast a five-point advantage over fifth-placed West Ham after the 4-2 defeat against Newcastle on Friday night.

But it’s only natural that last year’s collapse would be playing on their minds as we enter this decisive period of the season.

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Liverpool currently sit nine points behind the Foxes in seventh place but boast two games in hand.

And with Rodgers’ side facing the most challenging of run-ins alongside the distraction of their FA Cup final exploits, the Reds could be set to take advantage of any potential slip-up.

Leicester return to action on Tuesday as they travel to second-placed Manchester United before taking on Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend.

Facing the Blues again three days later when they return to Premier League action, with Thomas Tuchel's side currently holding the final Champions League spot, the game could prove decisive in the race for the top four.

And with a final day home clash with fellow European challengers Tottenham Hotspur to prepare for also, Rodgers’ side know they will have to handle the pressure better than they did last year if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

With Chelsea enduring a tough run-in of their own, with both Champions League and FA Cup finals to also prepare for, the race for top four is by no means over as Liverpool look to close the gap.