Ricardo Pereira could return to face Liverpool on Sunday, according to reports. The Leicester City star has been out for eight months.
Ricardo Pereira is back training with Leicester City and could face Liverpool. That’s according to the Daily Mail.
The right-back damaged cruciate ligaments before lockdown and hasn’t played competitive football for eight months.
Sunday, however, could be Pereira’s big return in a crunch game at Anfield.
Pereira has enjoyed a great time with Leicester since joining the club for £22m in 2018. He was both their Player of the Season and Player’s Player of the season for 2019, in fact.
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We obviously have no real idea what kind of condition Pereira would be in if he played. Regardless, he’s a great attacking full-back and Liverpool could do without his threat.
The Reds are short at the back, after all, and Leicester will want as many options as possible to hit them with.
So this isn’t good news ahead of a big game. The Foxes travel to Anfield at the top of the league, while Liverpool will feel they need a win.
The title race is in danger of becoming a multi-team affair. Liverpool’s best chance of winning it – given the depleted squad – is to quickly set a standard the saps other of any belief.
A win against Leicester could go a long way to do that, as we saw last season.
Liverpool went to Leicester in December top of the league with their hosts in second. The Reds won 4-0 and effectively ended the title race there and then – no one was competing with that.
A big win on Sunday wouldn’t quite do that but it would knock the confidence of everyone else. Pereira potentially playing makes that just a little tougher, though.
We could do without teams getting players back while we lose ours.