After a hectic January which saw Liverpool play as many as 8 games, they will step into February knowing they will face the same number of games spread over 4 competitions starting with a trip to Leicester City this mid-week. Claudio Ranieri on the other side has had almost half the fixtures that the Reds have had this season and are now looking at a serious title challenge with a 3 point advantage at the top of the table.
Liverpool got the better of the Foxes in the reverse fixture with a solitary goal but will have to do far better at the King Power stadium on Tuesday if they are to get any result from the game and keep their chances of a top 4 finish alive. They sit in the 7th place going into this game on the back of a 5-4 victory over Norwich City in their last Premier League encounter. Here is the Preview of the game along with the Team News, Expected Line-ups, Key Battles, Predictions and Betting Odds.
The Leicester City vs Liverpool game will be played on Tuesday the 2nd of February at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. The kick off is scheduled at 7:45 pm BST (1:15 am IST on Wednesday).
Claudio Ranieri declared that his team has no new injuries for this game against Liverpool. Shinji Okazaki and Ritchie de Laet were both injured in the previous game against the Potters but both players have recovered in time for this fixture and will play a part on Tuesday. Versatile player Jeffery Schlupp and mid-fielder Matty James are on their way back to full fitness but will not be a part of this game.
Klopp revealed that Skrtel, Origi, Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are all nearing full fitness but this trip to Leicester comes too quickly for all of them. Skipper Jordan Henderson is set to return to action with Klopp expected to bring in his first team players after playing a relatively young side in the FA Cup fixture against the Hammers. Dejan Lovren is expected to partner Sakho at the back with Frimino, Can and Lallana all expected to be back in the starting line-up.
Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Lucas, Can, Henderson; Lallana, Milner; Firmino
Firmino vs Morgan:
Roberto Firmino has finally arrived in England and has shown some great confidence in the last few games. He will be up against Morgan who has been superb at the back for the Foxes this season. Morgan will have to do well to avoid Firmino any space and time on the ball else the Brazilian can hurt the home side as he has shown in recent games.
Mahrez vs Moreno:
More than Vardy, Mahrez has been unplayable for most of this season. He is quick and tricky and will be a tough opponent for Moreno on the night at the King Power stadium. The Spaniard should stay tight and not let Mahrez dictate terms if Liverpool are to have any chance of a victory in this game.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 7 games against the Foxes (W5 D2)
Liverpool have allowed their opponent to score of the first shot on target in all four Premier League games in 2016.
Vardy has touched the ball in the opposition box more often than any other player in the Premier League so far this season (146).
Liverpool have scored the lowest proportion of their clear-cut chances in the Premier League so far in 2015/16 (31.6 per cent).
The last 11 teams to be top of the Premier League at the turn of February have gone on to win the title that season.
Leicester City: 6/4
Liverpool have been shaky at the back recently and will be up against a fluid Leicester side that have been scoring for fun this season. It will surely be another high scoring affair and Liverpool will have to take their chances when created if they are to get anything from this game. Leicester City will surely like to take revenge of the 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture and will start this game as favorites at home.
Leicester City 3-2 Liverpool