Match Preview: Liverpool vs Leicester City
Date & time: November 22nd, 2020 - 7:15pm
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Chris Kavanagh
The Reds go into the game today looking like the walking wounded, with at least 10 first-team players out with injuries or, in Mo Salah's case, a positive Covid-19 test.
But the Liverpool manager is not one for excuses. He's not happy with how many of his players were used during the international break, particularly when they had niggling injuries, and have now come back injured.
Not an excuse for Klopp though. He still feels he has the squad available to him to do a job and we'll see today what sort of side he'll pick.
Leicester are flying right now, and up until yesterday, they had been sitting top of the Premier League over the international break.
Rodgers' side look a somewhat different prospect to last season. Perhaps a bit more experienced, more hardened and they've picked up good results away at Man City and Arsenal this season, which suggests that LFC should be rather wary.
A win, though, and Jurgen Klopp's men go back top themselves and send out a message that, no matter what our injury situation, we're going to take some beating again this season.
Injuries & Suspension
Looking at Liverpool's injury, or absentee, list right now is literally like looking at a team that could win the Premier League.
Against Leicester this evening we'll be missing Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago (most likely) and now the young Williams pair, Rhys and Neco.
So Liverpool are likely to have to field something of a patchwork team once again, with potentially two midfielders playing in defence and the likes of Shaqiri or Minamino with a chance of a start.
For Leicester, things are much brighter with only Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Söyüncü out, whilst Timothy Castagne is highly unlikely to start today.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-D
Leicester (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
A massive number of injuries has made picking a team quite tough today. Our first choice defence, Andy Robertson not included, is decimated. We'll have no Joe Gomez or Virgil, most likely, for the rest of the season. Or at least until the tail end of this season.
Whilst we're also without our captain, Thiago and Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. The latter is nothing new, having been out for most of the season so far, but those are three huge players to be missing in midfield.
The continued (touch wood) fitness of Joel Matip, and hopefully, the return of Fabinho makes things a bit easier. But that does all depend on where Jurgen opts to play the Brazilian midfielder.
With the midfield being short on numbers too, does he get restored to his natural position. Or is partnering him with Matip in the centre of defence a more pressing need? It's one that we'll find out in about 4 hours but it really isn't a decision I'd like to be making, personally.
That also leaves the question about who starts in midfield. Do we go with two men behind a front four, as we have a few times recently, or if Fabinho is restored to midfield, is it alongside Keita and Wijnaldum? No doubt, all will be revealed later on tonight.
Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Keita; Mane, Firmino, Shaqiri, Jota.