After their FA Cup victory over Cardiff City, Liverpool are looking for their third straight league victory. Even though Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are both classified doubtful for Thursday’s match, Klopp wants to get them back in the starting lineup as soon as possible.
On the other side, Leicester are having a terrible Premier League season, having amassed 26 points so far. The Foxes are likely to leave Anfield empty-handed given Liverpool’s domestic dominance. Along with defenders including Castagne, Evans, and Fofana, Jamie Vardy remains in the recovery room.
The Foxes are currently mid-table in the Premier League. There are reports that Brendan Rodgers is under pressure from the Leicester management. A trip to his top former employers – Liverpool – is the last thing he needs.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City Match Preview and Team News
On Sunday, Liverpool advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup following a straightforward 3-1 home victory against Championship side Cardiff City. Minamino, Jota, and Elliott all scored as the hosts sprinted to a 3-0 lead.
Cardiff pulled one back late on, but it was only a consolation. Liverpool’s attention returns to the Premier League this week as they attempt to chip away at Manchester City’s nine-point advantage at the top of the league.
Klopp made good references to his side’s smooth FA Cup victory against Cardiff; more than Harvey Elliott’s comeback. The 18-year-old scored his first Reds goal following nearly 5 months with a devastating ankle injury.
Luis Diaz was impressive on his debut following his major move from FC Porto. Liverpool are now hoping to end a dismal FA Cup campaign under Klopp.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are expected to be back from the Africa Cup of Nations duty. Liverpool are in a prime position to challenge Manchester City for the title, sitting nine points behind them with a game in hand.
Liverpool has now won four consecutive matches in all competitions – they also have an EFL Cup final against Chelsea later in the month.
The 3-1 victory against Cardiff was Liverpool’s tenth consecutive victory at Anfield across all competitions, including their previous five in the Premier League. Liverpool conceded only one goal during their previous 450 minutes of top-flight football.
Leicester did not travel far for their FA Cup fourth-round clash against Nottingham Forest. However, it made no difference as Nottingham Forest hammered Brendan Rodgers’ side 4-1 with goals from Philip Zinckernagel (23), Ben Johnson (24), Joe Worrall (32), and Djed Spence (61).
Steve Cooper’s CV should include eliminating the 2020 & 2021 FA Cup champions. The Nottingham Forest manager orchestrated extraordinary results for his side in recent history as Leicester crumbled at the City Ground. Forest controlled the game and won.
Iheanacho scored Leicester City’s consolation goal inside the 40th minute after Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 lead within 32 minutes. The Foxes have been inconsistent with this campaign, which Brendan Rodgers must address or risk losing his job.
Liverpool vs. Leicester: Both Teams to Score and OV2.5 Predictions
Liverpool won four of their past six fixtures against Leicester City in all competitions. Liverpool won five of their past six league and cup matches, with both sides scoring in three of those wins, while Leicester lost three of their last six games with both teams scoring.
We anticipate goals in this game based on both teams’ previous performances and their recent head-to-head record. Three of the pair’s previous five meetings have had over 2.5 goals scored, while three of Red’s and four of Foxes’ last six encounters have also seen at least four goals scored.
Liverpool vs. Leicester Possible Line Up
Liverpool Probable Starting Lineup:
Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson, Virgil Van Dijk; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcântara; Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota
Leicester City Probable Starting Lineup:
Kasper Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jannik Vestergaard, Luke Thomas; Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans; James Maddison, Patson Daka; Kelechi Iheanacho
Liverpool vs. Leicester Scoreline Prediction
Aside from the absence of Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane at the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool hasn’t lost a game since their departure. They may bring the duo back for the game, but if not, it shouldn’t have a major influence on the Reds.
As Klopp’s team prepares to rip through their confidence-sapping opponents and cruise to a huge win, Leicester’s only delight at Anfield will be a consolation goal.
The defense of Brendan Rodgers’ team has been dreadful all season, and it continued in the FA Cup on the weekend.
Liverpool has a good chance of winning this game. Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 3 – 1 Leicester.