Liverpool vs Leicester: Team news, match facts and prediction

KEY POINTS

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in nine Premier League home games against Leicester, winning seven, since losing three in a row at Anfield between 1997 and 2000.

  • Leicester have established their best record after eight games of a top-flight season, with six wins and 18 points.

  • Liverpool can establish an outright club league record of 64 home games unbeaten this Sunday. Their previous 63-match run without defeat was ended by Leicester in January 1981.

  • A Jamie Vardy goal on Sunday would ensure he equals Thierry Henry's Premier League record of scoring in five successive away fixtures.

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Liverpool will look to successfully juggle a horror injury list when Leicester come to town this evening.

Most of Jurgen Klopp’s defence is sidelined, along with understudy Rhys Williams, ahead of facing one of the league’s best strikers in Jamie Vardy.

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Brendan Rodgers will know his team are capable of getting one over on his former employers and make a title statement in the process.

 Liverpool are suffering one almighty injury crisis. Their patchwork defence is likely to have Vardy licking his lips, but there’s still the champions’ firepower upfront.

I expect a cagey game, ending all square.

 

Team News

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is out because of the groin injury he sustained on international duty, while Mohamed Salah is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are also absentees but Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be involved.

Leicester City wing-back Timothy Castagne is available after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

Centre back Wesley Fofana is also fit.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in nine Premier League home games against Leicester, winning seven, since losing three in a row at Anfield between 1997 and 2000.
  • The Foxes have only taken one point from the past six top-flight meetings. Their most recent triumph in this fixture was 3-1 at the King Power Stadium in February 2017.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool can establish an outright club league record of 64 home games unbeaten this Sunday. Their previous 63-match run without defeat was ended by Leicester in January 1981.
  • The Reds have also equalled the club top-flight record of scoring in 38 successive home matches, previously set between May 1967 and February 1969.
  • They could become the first side in Premier League history to come from behind to win in four consecutive home matches.
  • Liverpool’s only clean sheet in 13 Premier League games came at Chelsea.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded a league-high 11 first-half goals this season.
  • Diogo Jota could become the first player to score in each of his first four top-flight home games for Liverpool.

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Leicester City

  • Leicester have established their best record after eight games of a top-flight season, with six wins and 18 points.
  • The Foxes are on a run of six successive victories in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and conceding two.
  • City have matched their club top-flight record of four straight away wins.
  • They have been awarded eight Premier League penalties this season, twice as many as any other club. This is the earliest in a Premier League season that a team has been awarded as many penalties.
  • A Jamie Vardy goal on Sunday would ensure he equals Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of scoring in five successive away fixtures.
  • Brendan Rodgers has lost both of his Premier League games against Liverpool since he left the club in 2015 after more than three years in charge.

PREDICTION: 1-1

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