Liverpool will be looking to exact revenge on Leicester City this evening after a League Cup defeat midweek.
After a disappointing 2-0 defeat to the Foxes in the League Cup on Tuesday night, Liverpool return to Leicester for this Saturday’s late kick-off in the Premier League and will be hoping to put things right. After a poor run of form recently, there is increasing pressure on the Reds to go and get a result.
Our Premier League games against Leicester last season left the fans with contrasting emotions; the home fixture in September was the first game in front of our new main stand and Claudio Ranieri’s champions were blown away 4-1, with a brace from Firmino along with goals from Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana. That game was the start of an amazing run that saw us second in the table at the start of the New Year.
The away game, however, was one of the most disappointing results of the season. Ranieri had just been sacked after some dreadful results so we went into the match full of confidence. It ended in a 3-1 defeat, with a consolation goal from Coutinho – the start of his excellent end of season form – the only positive.
Injuries and suspensions
It was feared that both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip would have been unavailable for this game (which would have really left us in a defensive crisis) but it now looks as though both will be okay to start.
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Nathaniel Clyne will still be out for some time with his back injury and the same applies to Adam Lallana with his thigh injury, while Sadio Mane will be suspended for two more domestic games after his sending off against Manchester City two weeks ago.
With Matip and Lovren okay to play, it’s a little easier to predict how we’ll line up. There are uncertainties at right back and left wing but here’s my prediction:
Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Georginio Wijanldum, Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino
I’d like to see Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left wing so Coutinho can play in midfield, but I’m not sure Klopp will want to start Chamberlain in the league just yet.
I can’t say I’m full of confidence at the moment, but I know we have what it takes to beat Leicester very comfortably. Hopefully, Klopp has had enough of the defending in the last few weeks and done something to sort it out, but we’ll see.
The problems are obvious but the players need our support now more than ever; let’s get behind them and hope they bring three points home.