Premier League: Leicester City vs Liverpool Match Preview
Liverpool return to King Power Stadium in Premier League tomorrow in a repeat of the Carabao Cup match in the midweek where the Foxes won 2-0. After weathering an all out attack, Leceister City turned the game on its head to knock the Reds out of the tournament. Although both teams played second-string sides, Liverpool’s defense is still a concern with Klopp left scratching his heads as Liverpool failed to buy a new center back in the transfer window.
Competition – English Premier League
Date – 23th September, 2017
Time – 5:30 pm (UK), 10 pm (IST)
Venue – King Power stadium, Leicester
Referee – Anthony Taylor
TV Info – Star Sports Select 1 & Select 1 HD(India)/ beIN Sports(US)/ Sky Sports(UK)
Live Stream – BeIn Sports, Hotstar, Jio TV,Total Sportek
Liverpool are currently 8th on the table with 8 points from 5 games having not won a game since beating Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield before the international break. Leceister are 15th after 4 points from 5 games. Liverpool have to turn this bad run of games around if they want to stay in the race for top 4.
Klopp rang the changes for the League Cup tie, with fringe players and youngsters such as Danny Ward, Marko Grujic, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke given a chance to impress.
Alberto Moreno, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are all expected to come back into the side, although Andrew Robertson‘s impressive showing at left-back may see him retained ahead of Moreno.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are both injury doubts, but Emre Can is expected to be passed fit having reported to training on Thursday following a knock.
Philippe Coutinho should start, as he slowly returns to his sharpest, and with Can likely to return, it looks as though Jordan Henderson or Gini Wijnaldum will make way.
There are no new injury concerns for Klopp, and the news that Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are running outside again is a big positive for the manager.
Leceister will hope to welcome Jamie Vardy back to the fray after the striker missed Tuesday’s match, and the same applies to Christian Fuchs. Matty James is out, though.
Leicester City starting XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Gray; Slimani, Vardy
Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Robertson; Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho; Salah, Sturridge, Firmino
Head to Head
Liverpool won – 45
Leceister City won – 39
Draw – 24