Liverpool v Leicester City : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 21-11-2020 8:21 am (5 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 21-11-2020 08:21 AM (5 months ago)

Date :Sunday 22nd November,2020
Time: 8:15 pm
Stadium Anfield
Referee Chris Kavanagh (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

As mentioned, Liverpool have been ravaged by injury and, at one stage, it appeared as though they could be without their entire first-choice back four for this match.

Robertson does look like he will be fit to start and ensure that at least one of that quartet is still present, but Van Dijk and Gomez could both miss the remainder of the season while Alexander-Arnold is also out.

It may not all be bad news for Liverpool, though, with Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara both pushing to be fit in time for this weekend's game.

Klopp refused to rule either out and, should they pass late fitness tests, then Thiago could make an immediate return to the midfield while Fabinho would likely line up alongside Joel Matip at the heart of the defence.

Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams provide alternatives if Fabinho falls short, having both impressed when thrown into the senior set-up in the wake of Van Dijk's absence, but Liverpool's strength in depth in that area of the field has been stretched to the limit.

Neco Williams should also be fit to replace Alexander-Arnold, although James Milner provides another option at right-back should Klopp opt for more experience against Leicester's attack.

In addition to that defensive crisis, Liverpool will also be without captain Jordan Henderson due to a thigh injury and top scorer Salah, who tested positive for coronavirus while away on international duty.

Salah's absence will likely result in a switch back to a 4-3-3 system with Diogo Jota taking his place, although Xherdan Shaqiri is also fit should Klopp choose to stick with the bold formation he used against Man City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is now closing in on a return to fitness but this match will come too soon for him, with Curtis Jones pushing for another start in midfield should Thiago fall short.

Klopp hailed Leicester as an example to follow in how to deal with an injury crisis, with the Foxes having been without a number of key players themselves.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; N Williams, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum, Keita; Jota, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool Premier League form: WLDWWD
Liverpool form (all competitions): WWWWWD

Leicester City
Those issues are beginning to ease, though, and Rodgers should be able to welcome Timothy Castagne and Wesley Fofana back this weekend after recent problems.

Ricardo Pereira is also closing in on a return but this match will come too soon for him, while Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu are also sidelined.

Jamie Vardy will lead the line once again as he looks to improve his tally of eight goals in seven league games this season, and should he manage that then he would equal Thierry Henry's Premier League record of scoring in five successive away games.
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Castagne, Mendy, Tielemans, Justin; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes
Leicester City Premier League form: WLLWWW
Leicester City form (all competitions): WWWWWW

Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City

Posted: at 21-11-2020 08:21 AM (5 months ago) | Hero