Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes face the prospect of being without defender James Justin, who suffered what looked like a serious knee injury during the 1-0 victory against Brighton in mid-week.
Having been forced off on a stretcher, the Leicester boss later confirmed that the incident wasn’t as serious as first feared. However, it does make the former Luton Town full-back a doubt for the Liverpool clash.
Big blow for Leicester
This is a major blow for Leicester considering Justin has been one of their best performers this season. In fact, such is his durability, that the England under-21’s international has yet to miss a single minute of Premier League action this term.
Whether it has been at left-back, centre-back, right-back or even in midfield, Justin has always done a job for Rodgers’ impressive team, who currently sit third in the Premier League standings – three points above Liverpool.
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This raises the question, then, as to who will cover in Justin’s absence ahead of the King Power encounter. Leicester are also without Timothy Castagne, which complicates matters further for Rodgers.
And as result of the shortage to defenders, Morrison feels that Salah will be licking his lips at the prospect of going against a depleted Leicester back-line.
“I think this is the perfect game to play Leicester,” said Morrison, per Sky Sports. “They have just lost Justin. They already don’t have Castagne, they are two key players.
“If Salah is on his game like he can be then I think he will be licking his lips thinking ‘who am I going to play against here?’ Licking his lips thinking he has a great opportunity.
“I think it will be a hell of a game and perfect game for Liverpool – they have too much quality to drop out of the top-four.”
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Thankfully, the reports coming back are that Justin isn’t going to be out for the long-term.
Liverpool, themselves know all but too well the agonising pain that comes with respective knee injuries. Jurgen Klopp was handed long-term setbacks to the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota, after all, to a similar diagnosis.
However, from a Liverpool perspective, we’d be lying if we didn’t think this handed Klopp a major advantage going into the fixture.
We saw just how influential Justin can be following his entertaining duel with Wolves forward Adama Traore.
The 22-year-old reduced the former Barcelona speedster to limited chances during a 0-0 draw at Molineux last weekend.
So, the fact that Salah faces the prospect of avoiding a one-on-one duel with one of the best defenders in the league this season is obviously a good thing.
Salah is the Premier League’s top-scorer this season, after all, it was going to take a special player to stop him anyway.
Hopefully, Justin will be back in action soon, then. Just not so soon that he stripped in the Leicester City blue when Klopp brings his players to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.