Match: Liverpool v Leicester City (Premier League)
Date & Time: Sunday, November 22 (20:15)
Liverpool v Leicester City is a fixture to watch tonight. It is a battle between two teams that have proven from the beginning of the 2020-2021 season that they are Premier League title contenders. This is a match of two coaches, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, who have proven over the years that they understand the league perfectly.
In today’s game, the pressure is on both teams. It is on Liverpool because they are going into the match as Premier League reigning champions that won’t have some of their best players on parade. Recall that Liverpool are currently without their best defenders: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez who are all out with different degrees of injuries.
Besides those household names in the game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold are still battling to recover from their injuries. To make matters worse, the club’s main forward, Mohamed Salah, is still battling to recover from coronavirus infection.
This means that Jurgen Klopp will face an in-form Leicester with a depleted first team. Though that could be so scary, the match will be another opportunity for the German tactician to show that he is a legend in the game of tactics by winning over Leicester with a depleted team.
On the other hand, Leicester City that also have a bucket full of injured players know that Tottenham Hotspurs are currently sitting on top of the league table with 20 points while they are currently on 18 points. Hence, all they need to do is to get the maximum three points at Anfield tonight to return to the summit of the league table.
With the current state of Liverpool’s depleted squad, Leicester City know that it is a golden opportunity for them to beat the reigning Premier League champions tonight. A win in the game will take Leicester City to the first spot on the league table with 21 points.
Currently, Leicester City have won 6 league matches and lost two in 8 games. While Liverpool have won 5 league matches, drawn two, and lost one in 8 games. The league champions are currently sitting in the 4th spot with 17 points. A win in the match will take them to the second spot with equaled points with Tottenham. But Spurs will remain top due to superior goals difference.
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Liverpool v Leicester City: Team News – Liverpool
Liverpool are going into tonight’s game with a basket filled with injured players. As stated earlier, the club’s top defenders, Van Dijk and Gomez are still out with different degrees of injuries. To make matters worse, the club might be without Robertson who is still battling with fitness issues.
There is a possibility that the club’s emergency defender Fabinho might be certified fit for tonight’s game same as Thiago Alcantara. While Alexander-Arnold is still out injured.
If Fabinho who is likely to start tonight’s game prove not to be fit enough, Jurgen Klopp will turn to Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams to replace him as it has been since the defensive midfielder sustained an injury.
Also, as mentioned earlier, Liverpool will be without the club’s top scorer Mohamed Salah who is still battling to recover from coronavirus. While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still battling to return to full fitness.
Liverpool probable starting lineup:
Alisson; N Williams, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum, Keita; Jota, Firmino, Mane
🔜 @LCFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/uyLUfsfnMy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 19, 2020
Liverpool v Leicester City: Team News – Leicester City
Leicester City have also been without some key players due to injuries but they are most likely to have Timothy Castagne and Wesley Fofana fully available for tonight’s game.
Coach Brendan Rodgers will not have the services of Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, and Caglar Soyuncu who are battling to return to match fitness after suffering different degrees of injuries.
ICYMI: Brendan Rodgers provided some positive news on the fitness front ahead of #LivLei 💪— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 21, 2020
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Leicester City probable starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Castagne, Mendy, Tielemans, Justin; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes