Third-placed Liverpool host Premier League table-toppers Leicester City on Sunday evening, with both sides missing a number of key men due to injury.
Here’s all you need to know about Sunday’s mouthwatering meeting at Anfield:
Form and Team News
After suffering the loss of Virgil van Dijk prior to the international break, Jurgen Klopp will have been praying that his players would all come through the congested set of national team fixtures unscathed, yet the German’s prayers certainly weren’t answered.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to pull out of England duty due to a calf issue, before fellow Englishman Joe Gomez suffered a knee injury in training while with the national team, leaving Klopp’s defensive options even slimmer.
At one point it even looked as though Liverpool could be without their entire first-choice back four after Andy Robertson also picked a knock, though the Scotland international is seemingly not a major doubt for the weekend.
🚑 Liverpool’s list of unavailable players due to injuries [and + COVID cases]:
Virgil van Dijk
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) November 18, 2020
One man who is definitely absent is Mo Salah, with the Egyptian having tested positive for Covid-19 this week, while captain Jordan Henderson also faces a battle to bit fit for the clash with the Foxes after being forced off at half-time during England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium on Sunday.
On a more positive note summer signing Thiago Alcantara could be in contention to feature having missed the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, a game which saw an electric attacking display from the Reds in the first-half. A similar showing will be needed to unlock the stubborn Leicester defence at the weekend, although that task will be made harder without Salah in tow.
It’s a similar story for Brendan Rodgers as he returns to face his former club, with Leicester suffering their own injury woes of late.
The Foxes have been without the likes of Ricardo Pereira, Wilfried Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu for the much of the campaign so far, while Timothy Castagne and Daniel Amartey have also been absent in recent weeks.
To their credit, such a crisis has done little to affect Rodgers’ side who currently top the table after picking up six wins from their opening eight fixtures, with their latest a 1-0 win over Wolves courtesy of another Jamie Vardy penalty.
Being able to pick up a fourth win in-a-row will be hampered, however, by more injuries, with the influential Kasper Schmeichel a doubt after suffering a knock to the head, while teenage star Wesley Fofana is expected to be absent due to a knee injury.
With two depleted sides going head-to-head at the weekend anything could happen, but a win for the visitors would no doubt reinforce their status as potential title winners.
Leicester 0-4 Liverpool, 26th December 2019
It’s been just under a year since the two teams last met, with Liverpool not exactly showing any Christmas goodwill in what was a real Boxing Day battering.
The Reds went into the match flying high after a superb start to the season and were on a remarkable run of 34 league matches unbeaten, while Leicester were their closest challengers.
Like the title race though, this match really wasn’t that close, as a Trent Alexander-Arnold inspired display saw the Reds coast to victory, the young Englishman grabbing two assists and a goal to move his side 13 points clear at the top of the table.
Liverpool would go on to romp to the title, while Leicester would suffer a major collapse in the back end of the season that saw them miss out on Champions League qualification.
Liverpool: Alisson; N Williams, Matip, Phillips, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Jones; Jota, Firmino, Mane.
Leicester: Ward; Evans, Morgan, Fuchs; Justin, Mendy, Tielemans, Albrighton; Maddison, Praet, Vardy
Who is the referee?
How can I watch?
UK and Irish readers can watch the match on Sky Sports Main Event.
What time is kick off?
Liverpool – 10/11
Leicester – 13/5
Draw – 29/10