Liverpool will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games with a win or draw against Leicester this Saturday at Anfield. The last three Premier League meetings between the two sides have been very eventful, providing 14 goals – so this match promises to be an entertaining occasion and one for Reds fans to look forward to.
Last Meeting: Leicester 2-3 Liverpool (23rd September 2017)
The two teams faced off just six games into this current season, with Liverpool emerging as eventual winners after a crazy 90 minutes. Despite a comfortable first half, with Liverpool taking a 2-0 lead thanks to Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho, an added-time goal from Shinji Okazaki gave Leicester a lifeline before the break.
Liverpool restored their two-goal lead in the second half through Jordan Henderson but Jamie Vardy fired back instantly with a goal of his own. However, Liverpool almost failed to see the game out, as Leicester were awarded a penalty minutes later. Vardy stepped up but failed to convert, as Simon Mignolet proved his penalty heroics once again – at the time, he had saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he had faced.
Liverpool defensive woes reached their summit, as the Reds had now conceded ten goals in their last three away games in the Premier League. Relying on out-scoring your opponent is a risky business, considering that this was the most they had conceded over a three away game run in the competition’s history.
Last time out, Leicester suffered a 2-1 defeat to Watford as Claude Puel’s side have now gone four games without a win. The foxes are in poor form, with just a single point from the last four matches, this decline has followed the initial bounce instilled by the arrival of Puel.
Riyad Mahrez has recaptured his form somewhat from the title-winning season two years ago, contributing three goals and an assist in his last five games. The keyman for Leicester, Puel has managed to get the best out of a player who was dormant last season. Jamie Vardy will also cause problems for Liverpool, having scored six goals in the last four Premier League meetings between the teams.
The Key Battle: Jamie Vardy vs Dejan Lovren
As previously mentioned, Vardy is the man that Liverpool will fear the most given his scoring record against the Reds. Playing on the last man and using his pace to get in behind, the Englishman is certainly a handful and one that Jurgen Klopp would have identified in the build-up to this match.
Likewise, Vardy will look to pressurise the weak link within Liverpool’s defence which is easily Dejan Lovren. With the Croatian’s role at the back to play the ball out and carry it forward, the presence of Vardy and his pressing actions will likely force some errors into Lovren’s game. Vardy is not just a threat for his goal-scoring abilities but the other hard-working side of his game.
Jordan Henderson’s hamstring injury has revealed that the skipper will likely be sidelined until February, with the player limited to light running training for now. As for Alberto Moreno, Klopp has estimated his return will be against Manchester City on the 14th of January with at least a three-game absence pencilled in. Adam Lallana may make a start given his cameo off the bench in the 5-0 win over Swansea.
Daniel Amartey will be available for selection once again following his suspension for totting up five yellow cards before the new year. Robert Huth, Danny Simpson and Matty James will all be absent from Claude Puel’s squad for this encounter.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Emre Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Dragovic, Maguire, Morgan, Chillwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, Amartey, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.