Friday, 22 September 2017


For the second time in a week, Liverpool will face Leicester City with the intention of ending a four-game winless run that has enveloped the club in negativity. Liverpool heavily rotated given their crammed schedule, crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, suffering a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium despite dominating proceedings. If Liverpool lose on Saturday evening, Leicester will become the first team to beat the German thrice in the Premier League. Liverpool Team News Dejan Lovren [back] as well as Emre Can and Joel Matip [both knocks] are likely to miss the match. Nathaniel Clyne is recovering well from a back problem and Adam Lallana's rehabilitation from a thigh injury has also been advanced. Philippe Coutinho was withdrawn at half-time last time out as Liverpool attempt to get him back to his sharpest, but he has no injury. Sadio Mane serves the final game of a three-match ban, which will come as a relief to Liverpool given their struggles when he is unavailable. The hosts have no suspension concerns. Leicester Team News Leicester's template of defending deep, blocking the central areas and using a direct approach in attack has worked to nullify Liverpool's strengths and magnify their weaknesses. That blueprint will only further be enhanced by the return of Jamie Vardy. He missed out in midweek due to a tight groin, but Craig Shakespeare is "very confident he will be fit for Saturday.” MATCH FACT Liverpool have won 2.13 points per game in the Premier League since the start of 2016-17 when Sadio Mane has started (30 games), compared to just 1.54 points per game without him starting in this period (13 games). Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games against Liverpool, including two braces at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool have attempted a league-high 40 shots on target in their five games so far this season in the Premier League, more than double the tally opponents Leicester City have posted (14).

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