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Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Teams News & Key Stats

Just six days after locking horns in an EFL Cup classic, Leicester City and Liverpool quickly renew hostilities at the King Power in Tuesday’s Premier League contest.

The Reds triumphed on penalties in the meeting at Anfield on December 22, with former manager Brendan Rodgers witnessing his side throw away a 3-1 lead on Merseyside.

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For a short while, Newcastle United vs. Arsenal 2.0 appeared to be unfolding before supporters’ eyes at the Etihad Stadium, as Leicester came back from 4-0 down to make it 4-3 against Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Former Man City man Kelechi Iheanacho had struck the seventh goal of the game in the 65th minute at the home of the champions, but Aymeric Laporte soon responded before a late Raheem Sterling strike ended any hopes of an astonishing Leicester comeback on Sunday. That 6-3 defeat at the Etihad leaves the Foxes 10th in the table after Brighton & Hove Albion’s late-night win over Brentford, and they have no time to dwell on the manner of that defeat before they lock horns with Liverpool after a 48-hour recovery period.

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Defeat to the reigning Premier League champions marked Leicester’s fourth loss from six games in all competitions, but all of those defeats have come on the road, with Brendan Rodgers’s men producing the goods at home on a consistent basis recently. Indeed, the Foxes have won their last three at the King Power – scoring at least three goals on each occasion – but a record of just one clean sheet from their last 16 top-flight games does not bode well against Jurgen Klopp‘s rampant attacking crop.

After another unsurprising post-match rant from Klopp over the hectic winter schedule – with Jordan Henderson also weighing in with concerns over player welfare – Liverpool were granted a festive rest when their proposed Boxing Day clash with Leeds United was postponed.

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A raft of injuries and COVID-19 cases in the Whites’ camp meant that the game could not go ahead as scheduled, with Liverpool now enjoying the rare luxury of a six-day break in the month of December as they endeavor to sustain their title charge.

However, the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on December 19 ended their six-game winning run in the Premier League and eight-game winning streak across all competitions, with those two dropped points seeing them enter the week still second in the Premier League table – level with Chelsea having played a game fewer.

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Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Teams News & Key Stats

Having scored at least two goals in 11 of their last 12 Premier League games away from home, Liverpool would do well to keep that goal-laden run going at the King Power, especially with two of their most potent attackers about to jet off to the Africa Cup of Nations. Leicester did manage to claim a 3-1 win against Liverpool on their own turf back in February, though – three months after Klopp’s side had eased to a 3-0 Anfield victory in the top flight.

Leicester Team News

Leicester did not pick up any fresh fitness concerns in the Etihad romping, but Rodgers still has plenty of absences to work around, including Wesley Fofana, James Justin, Jonny Evans, and Ricardo Pereira – who went off in the EFL Cup loss to Liverpool following a heavy tackle by Tyler Morton.

Caglar Soyuncu and Patson Daka are also expected to remain out with thigh problems for the time being, while Harvey Barnes and Ryan Bertrand are also in the treatment room at the worst time possible. Rodgers still has several options for the rotation, though, as Wilfred Ndidi, Boubakary Soumare, and Jamie Vardy prepare to return to the first XI amid the unrelenting schedule.

Liverpool Team News

As for Liverpool, Harvey Elliott, Adrian, Nat Phillips, and Divock Origi continue their recoveries from respective injury problems, while Andy Robertson is still suspended and will miss this game plus the fixture with Chelsea in the New Year.

On a brighter note, Virgil van Dijk, Curtis Jones, and Fabinho are all back in training after recovering from COVID-19, but Thiago Alcantara remains in self-isolation. The Reds are also expected to keep hold of AFCON trio Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane for a little while longer, with the former potentially starting in midfield if Thiago is not ready to return.

Player to Watch- Jamie Vardy

Who else but the ageless wonder? Ageing like fine wine is a term that is often used as a term to describe a select group of footballers, Zlatan Ibrahimovic the player who is bestowed with such a narrative most often. However, there is another such player who just continues to defy logic season after season.

Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Teams News & Key Stats - The Konversation

We all know how much Vardy loves breaking records and stereotypes. The 34-year old seems to love playing against Liverpool. His brace at Anfield in midweek extended his strong record against the Merseyside club. He’s now scored 10 goals in 14 appearances in all competitions against them and will be looking to add more here.

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