Liverpool are on a mission to bounce back from a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City when they take to King Power Stadium this Saturday as they look to continue their title defense bid or a spot in the top four as it is.
In recent weeks, Leicester have found the FA Cup fixtures shining lights, courtesy of their victories over Brentford (1-3) and Brighton (1-0) in the competition. They followed their win over Brentford with two winless games against Everton and Leeds, finishing with a tie against the Toffees and a disappointing loss to Leeds United. The Foxes played a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and it has been quite obvious that the team are highly dependent on Jamie Vardy who has been absent. Leicester are trying not to drop from Champions League spots like they did last season and with Jamie Vardy in course to start here, there is hope that Brendan Rodgers can lead his team, though quite depleted, to a victory against Liverpool whom they have the lead on with three points in the standings.
Liverpool went through a three-day period at the end of last month where they seemed like they were still very much in pursuit of their title defense by defeating Tottenham and West Ham by the same 3-1 scoreline, this was after they were knocked out of the FA Cup race by the Red Devils. The Reds have slumped yet again, losing back to back Premier League matches against Manchester City (1-4) and Brighton (0-1), both defeats came at Anfield. Even before their loss to Man City, Klopp stated that the ultimate goal this season is to finish the season within the top four spots. It remains to be seen if the Reds can put up a fight for one of those of positions but a combination of injuries to key performers and a drop in their quality has the football world wondering if/when Liverpool can get past this poor form they are currently in.
Leicester City – Rodgers’s team is ridden with injuries, including the most recent additions involving James Justin and Ayoze Perez. Both players sustained knee and shin injuries respectively against Brighton during the week. Though the extent of Justin’s injury is not confirmed, the defender will remain on the sidelines alongside Wesley Fofana, Dennis Praet and Wes Morgan. Fuchs should replace Justin on the left while Wilfred Ndidi will be incorporated back into the lineup, following his return.
Possible Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Liverpool – Klopp still has Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip unable to feature due to injury. However January signee Ozan Kabak might get his debut at the center back, considering the number of days he had to train. Liverpool were not involved in the FA Cup during the week, meaning they had up to six days off which was definitely a welcome idea, no thanks to the weariness the wan suffered.
There seems to be some level of uncertainty over the unavailability of Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho as reports have it that they were absent from training earlier this week though with no news of any injury, Wijnaldum was also seen training away from the squad, these three players should be able to make the lineup for The Reds.
Possible Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Fabinho, Robertson; Thiago, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
- Leicester’s Maddison has had a direct hand in six goals from his last six Premier League home games.
- Liverpool haven’t lost against Leicester since the pair’s 2017 League Cup tie, making it six wins and a draw for the Reds in their last seven games against the Foxes.
- Over 2.5 goals have been scored in six of the last seven encounters between Leicester and Liverpool.
- The hosts have only failed to score in one of their last six matches while Liverpool haven’t managed to keep a single clean sheet in their last six attempts.
This match promises to be a hard fought one seeing as both teams are in dire need of three points but Liverpool are a little bit more desperate as losing this will cause further drop down the table and will do everything to keep the Foxes tied up at the back without necessarily playing defensive football all through ninety minutes.