Boxing Day Match Preview: Leicester vs Liverpool
Date & time: December 26th 2019, 20:00
Where: King Power Stadium
Is it on: Amazon Prime
Ref: Michael Oliver
While the Christmas and New Year period will be hectic, and we'll still have that pesky game in hand against West Ham to navigate, the trip to Qatar has actually was not a problem.
Liverpool played on Saturday, just like Leicester and all other Premier League sides did, losing to Man City. Liverpool became World Champions whilst Brendan Rodgers' side failed to bridge the gap in our absence.
They'll know that they can dent our title assault with anything other than a defeat tomorrow though. Or, at the very least, keep us within reach by gaining a draw.
For Klopp's side there's always the concern of a post trophy victory hangover, and he'll be keen to ensure that his players enjoyed their break, but didn't celebrate too much.
A win against Leicester tomorrow will put us 13 points ahead of our old managers' new team and could well spell the end of their own title push. A win isn't a 'must' but it would certainly be very welcome in a game where Liverpool are expected to 'slip'.
Injuries & Suspension
The injuries appear to keep on piling up for the Reds, with our midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now joining Joel Matip, Fabinho and Dejan Lovren on the injured list.
The quartet are all more than likely to be missing until 2020, and with 3 more league games until the start of next year, the squad is looking a little thin in certain positions right now.
We're literally looking at Joe Gomez and Virgil being our only fit centre backs throughout this period, whilst we have a midfield of Henderson, Milner, Lallana and Keita. With Gini Wijnaldum hopefully now fully fit and ready to join them. We may just struggle by.
For the home side tomorrow night the only potentially absent player is Harvey Barnes who has been impressive so far this season. But Rodger's side are otherwise at strength.
Last 5 games:
Leicester (all comps): W-W-D-W-L
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
With the 5 day break since we beat Flamengo in the final, it's likely we'll see a full-strength side start tomorrow night.
We'll definitely have to endure some rotation during the next week, but then so will all of our opponents. And who knows, maybe one or two players will surprise us and regain fitness?
Starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.