Tough test awaits Jurgen Klopp when Liverpool host Leicester City at Anfield on the Boxing Day evening of the English Premier League. The match is scheduled on 26th December at 15.00 GMT.
Liverpool are coming on the back of a 3-0 defeat away from home to Watford in the week-end and the German coach would be hoping for a better performance from his players to prevent the team from further stumbling down in the league table. Standing ninth in the league table, the Reds are 14 points behind the leaders Leicester, while just 5 points separate them from sneaking into the top four.
Liverpool vs Leicester City : Team Form Comparison
With the latest defeat to Watford, Liverpool are on a three match win-less streak. Moreover, they have managed only 20 league goals this season, the fewest by a team currently in the top half of the table.
Claudio Ranieri’s men continue their dream run with a 3-2 win over Everton in the last weekend are now are unbeaten in 10 Premier League games. And it doesn’t matter whom play against them at this point, the team just can’t stop scoring. They are the leading scorers with 37 goals from 17 matches and are the only side to have scored in every
Premier League game this season.
Liverpool vs Leicester City : Head-to-Head
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last six meetings in the Premier League meetings between the two sides which reads 4 wins and 2 draws. Leicester City’s last win over Liverpool came in May 2000.
In the same fixture of last season with Liverpool playing at home, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Liverpool rushed to a 2-0 lead through Steven Gerrard penalties in the first half, but Leicester fought back brilliantly in the second half to cancel out the deficit, thanks to goals from David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp.
Liverpool : Team News
Simon Mignolet has recovered from the injury and is expected to replace Adam Bogdan, who had a forgettable outing against Watford. Both Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel are ruled out, and therefore Kolo Toure is expected to partner Mamadou Sakho at the center of the defense.
Leicester City : Team News
Leicester City will welcome back Robert Huth from suspension while Jeffrey Schlupp, Matthew James and Danny Drinkwater are sidelined due to respective injuries.
Jamie Vardy, who was forced out against Everton with a hamstring problem is expected to recover in time to start for this key fixture.
Liverpool : Predicted Line-up
Leicester City : Predicted Line-up
For many those who have hoped a change in management could turn the fortune of the Kops must be disappointed looking at the current stats. Liverpool have managed just 12 points from nine league matches under Klopp, the same point they earned under Brendan Rodgers in charge the season, but in just eight games.
Liverpool will go into this game as underdogs against a Leicester City side who are mercilessly sweeping aside those who come in their way in this season. There is much more worry for Liverpool fans as nothing has changed since Klopp took over from Rodgers and the last weekend’s thrashing from the hands of Watford would have killed their confidence.
The Foxes on the other side are the most consistent team in the league this season. Despite the success Liverpool had against them in the past, Leicester are clear favorites with key personals missing for the Reds through injuries. Goals are guaranteed at both ends and I expect Leicester to win this 2-1, if Vardy is deemed fit enough to start.