Leicester City vs Liverpool: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Leicester City and Liverpool meet at the King Power Stadium for the second time four days, following their midweek Carabao Cup clash.
The Foxes came out on top that night as strikes from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani steered them to a 2-0 victory – despite the Reds having had 70 per cent of possession and more than 20 shots at goal.
With three points up for grabs upon the return of league action, Liverpool will be looking for revenge against Craig Shakespeare’s men.
Both Leicester and Liverpool are winless in the Premier League this month and need a spark to kick-start their campaigns.
The Foxes are down in 15th spot having collected just four points from five matches. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Huddersfield Town was their first point in three games.
After claiming seven points from their opening three top-flight fixtures, Liverpool have suffered a blip, with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Burnley following hot on the heels of their 5-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City.
Shakespeare is hopeful star striker Jamie Vardy will be available after he suffered a slight groin strain against Huddersfield.
Cristian Fuchs is also expected to be named in the Leicester manager’s match-day squad, although Matty James will miss out.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, is still without Sadio Mane, who was handed a three-match suspension for his red card against City.
Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne remain on the sidelines with thigh and hamstring problems respectively, although Danny Ings played 20 minutes on his long-awaited return from a knee injury in midweek.
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Match prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool
Leicester are a tough nut to crack at home and this promises to be a closely-fought encounter.
Liverpool will be smarting from their midweek reversal and cannot afford to drop points for the third game running, given the imperious form of the two Manchester clubs in particular.
Changes are bound to be plentiful for both teams, but the Reds may shade this one.
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