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Leicester City vs. Liverpool: Team News, Preview Featured

Written by  Friday, 22 September 2017 13:11
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Leicester City welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, fresh from knocking the Reds out of the Carabao Cup in midweek with a 2-0 win.

The defeat was another poor result for Liverpool who are yet to win in September and have now gone four games without a victory in all competitions.

Leicester, meanwhile, will be aiming to improve on a slow start to the season, which sees them lying in 15th place having picked up just four points from their opening five games.
Team News

Both teams were much-changed for the Carabao Cup game and should bring key players back for Saturday's clash.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino did not feature at all on Tuesday and may return to the attack, but Sadio Mane remains suspended for Liverpool after his dismissal against Manchester City.

However, it is in defence where manager Jurgen Klopp may look to change things having said he was "really sick" with the goals they conceded against the Foxes in midweek, per Stuart James of the Guardian.

This is not a new problem, and the statistics back up Klopp's criticism, as the Reds have conceded 10 goals in their last four games and are yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels so far this season.

 Preview

Liverpool head to Leicester at the weekend with questions being asked of Klopp after their elimination in the League Cup.

The game highlighted familiar failings within the Reds squad, particularly their profligacy in front of goal, as noted by Goal's Melissa Reddy:
After this game, Liverpool's next fixture is against Spartak Moscow in Russia on Tuesday.

Leicester took full advantage of Liverpool's failings in the cup and may do so again.

In Jamie Vardy they have a striker who has the pace and precision to trouble the Reds back line.

The England international's league form is superb, particularly since Craig Shakespeare took charge, as illustrated by Opta:15 - Jamie Vardy has now had a hand in 15 goals in 18 Premier League apps under Craig Shakespeare (12 goals, 3 assists).
The season may be young but anything other than a win for Liverpool will increase the scrutiny on Klopp after a poor run of results.

The Reds' humbling of Arsenal in August showed they have the quality, particularly in attack, but they must tighten up to avoid being beaten by Leicester for the second time in a week.

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