If last weekend’s clash between Manchester City and Liverpool wasn’t enough for the fans to satisfy their appetite for some top quality football, this Sunday’s fixture between Liverpool and Leicester City is sure to create another action-packed 90 minutes. Both the teams will be looking to secure their place in the top-four of the Premier League, at the same time looking to keep their title hopes alive. A recent fall in the forms of both the teams will certainly lend the match an air of uncertainty, making it all the more exciting for the fans.
Here’s our preview of Saturday’s fixture between Liverpool and Leicester City:
The Reds started the year as title contenders and looked set to continue their winning ways – just two weeks ago, they were unbeaten at home for the past four years. Since then, however, they have lost three home games in a row, with last weekend’s 1-4 drubbing in the hands of arch-rivals City in all likelihood ending their hopes of retaining the title. Liverpool have fallen to fourth place in the table, one below Leicester. With an in-form Chelsea knocking at their doors, it is imperative for Jurgen Klopp’s men to get back to winning ways sooner than later.
Allison’s performance, in particular, has been under the scanner. His mistakes in the game against City quite literally handed City two goals in the span of three minutes. The poor defensive performance that the Reds have put on lately is only augmented by injuries to centre-backs Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez. Klopp’s hesitancy to not use the new signings in the mid-field is leading to a conservative approach by the team. Henderson and Fabinho have been playing central defenders due to the injuries, despite Ozan Kabak being available.
Leicester will be heading into the fixture fresh off a 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Wednesday. Leicester’s top-four hopes have been shaky lately, mainly due to the absence of their star-performer Jamie Vardy. They have drawn 2, lost 1 and won 2 out of their last 5 games in the League. Leicester will be hoping to enter the Champions League once again after their dream-run in 2016. Brendan Rodgers’s men need consistency above all, and they have failed to capture opportunities against weaker sides.
The good news for Brendan Rodgers is that Jamie Vardy has overcome his injury, and the team’s top scorer is back in the starting XI. Along with the presence of Wilfred Ndidi in the starting XI, Leicester can once again look to take on the big shots of the League. Dennis Praet continues to remain on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and skipper Wes Morgan also might remain out of the final XI. has hamstring injury concerns, but he is likely to be available for Sunday’s fixture.
HEAD TO HEAD
In the last seven encounters between both the sides, Liverpool have won six. Leicester’s trip to Anfield ended in a 0-3 drubbing back in November. The Foxes, however, were able to hold back Jurgen Klopp’s side during their last fixture at the King Power stadium in 2019, and Brendan Rodgers will be happy with a draw, if not an outright win this time around.
Leicester sit at the third spot in the League, with 43 points – 13 wins and four draws against six defeats. Liverpool are fourth with 40 points, one below the Foxes – with 11 wins and seven draws against five defeats, scoring 44 goals while conceding 29.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Both teams might be sitting in top-four of the table, but they are beset with a lack of consistency. They both need a win, not only to keep their title hopes alive, but also to earn a spot in the Champions League. An in-form Chelsea are knocking at the doors, and if either of the teams doesn’t get back to winning ways sooner, the Blues are sure to replace them. This will be going to be an all-out, no-holds-barred encounter on the pitch.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Allison(GK), A. Robertson, O. Kuzak, B. Davies, Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, J. Henderson, Fabinho, S. Mane, R. Firmino and M. Salah.
Leicester Predicted XI: K. Schmeichel(GK), J. Justin, W. Wafona, J. Evans, R. Pereira, H. Choudhary, Y. Tielemans, H. Barnes, J. Maddison, M. Albrighton and J. Vardy.
When: Saturday, 13 February 2021, 6:00 PM IST
Where: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Where to Watch: All Premier League fixtures are streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar. Select matches will be streamed on Star Sports and Star Sports Select channels.
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