Leicester City Vs Liverpool: Team News, Key Stats, Potential Starting Lineups
In this preview of Leicester City vs Liverpool, we take a look at team news, potential starting lineups, key facts and other areas ahead of this fixture.
The recently crowned Club World Cup champions Liverpool will travel to the King Power Stadium to face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in the last fixture of the Boxing Day.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City face the fight to remain relevant in this season’s Premier League title race as they host league leaders Liverpool on the Boxing Day.
The Foxes looked like the only team that could challenge the high-flying European champions this season a few weeks ago, but a draw and a defeat in their last two fixtures has taken the air out of their sails.
Provided they don’t get a result against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Thursday, it will all but end the hopes of Leicester fans who were hoping for a 2015/16 repeat this term.
As for the recently crowned Club World Cup champions, defeat in this fixture won’t be the worst thing that could happen to them but they’d still like to carry their unbeaten record into the New Year with a win that would mean a giant leap towards their first league title in almost 3 decades.Liverpool paid the cost of their Club World Cup triumph in the shape of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who will miss the entire festive period after suffering a ligament injury in Qatar.
Apart from the 25-year-old, the Reds will also be without the likes of midfielder Fabinho and defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip with Klopp refusing to identify the date the injured trio will be once again available for first-team selection.
Georginio Wijnaldum, who didn’t feature in the Club World Cup final, could be set for a return to the starting XI on Thursday, with Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson expected to carry their brilliant form from the last few games.
As for the hosts Leicester City, they’d be hopeful of seeing Harvey Barnes back into their lineup, with the forward’s recovery from the ankle injury he sustained during their last week’s defeat at Manchester City going according to plan.
Matty James is the only player for the home side who could miss Thursday’s game. His absence would allow boss Brendan Rodgers to nominate the same starting lineup that featured at the Etihad last weekend.Liverpool came out as the winners the last time they visited the King Power Stadium, with goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helping them manage a 2-1 win in September last year.
While Leicester have failed to register a victory in this particular fixture for the last three seasons, all four of their recent wins against the Reds have come in front of their own fans.
The Foxes could hope to repeat history if Jamie Vardy continues his fine form, with the England international currently in the form of his life after scoring 12 goals in his last 14 games.
Possible Leicester City starting lineup vs Liverpool: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Possible Liverpool starting lineup vs Leicester City: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane [/ vc_column_text]  [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row] [/ vc_section] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]