When Leicester City visits Anfield on Friday evening, Liverpool will try to win the Premier League for the third time in a row. Liverpool vs Leicester City Live, Prediction, Team News, Lineups explained below.
On Boxing Day, the Reds defeated Aston Villa 3-1 to resume their top-flight schedule, while the visitors were routed 3-0 by a rampaging Newcastle United.
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A similar fate should befall Rodgers in his former home. Leicester’s tenacious rearguard action from right before the World Cup counted for nothing against a Newcastle side with a taste for goals.
Given recent on- and off-field events, the Anfield faithful will undoubtedly be in a good mood. Klopp’s in-form team should take full advantage of home advantage and finish 2022 with another three points on the board.
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Paul McCartney, a native of Merseyside, once said that Liverpool supporters were simply having a wonderful Christmas as the Reds returned from the World Cup break with a victory over Aston Villa and unexpectedly defeated Manchester United to sign desired Dutch attacker Cody Gakpo.
Against Aston Villa, Liverpool did occasionally find themselves thanking their lucky stars amid the anticipation of another high-profile attacking arrival in January, but goals from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, and 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic rendered Ollie Watkins’s reply irrelevant.
Liverpool’s position in the Premier League has not changed as a result of leaving the West Midlands with all three points; the Reds are still rooted to sixth place. However, thanks to Tottenham Hotspur’s draw against Brentford, Jurgen Klopp’s team is now only five points behind the fourth-place Lilywhites, who have played one more game.
No less than the Anfield faithful expect this week, as only one of their last 31 Premier League home games has ended in defeat, although that did come at the hands of Leeds United only two months ago. Liverpool will look to cap off a highly successful but also topsy-turvy 2022 with a sixth consecutive competitive victory.
There are no prizes for guessing which team made Liverpool’s end of 2021 miserable, but the Reds’ top-flight scoring streak at Anfield does stand at a whopping 31 matches since a 1-0 loss to Fulham in March 2021, and they haven’t lost consecutive games in their final match of the calendar year since their days in the second tier in 1961.
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Another day, another set-piece goal against Leicester City, who entered Boxing Day intending to challenge a Newcastle United team that was sweeping aside nearly everyone in their path. However, the King Power faithful condemned their team to defeat by the end of the first half.
In the first half, the Magpies secured the three points with goals from Chris Wood, Miguel Almiron, and Joelinton as Brendan Rodgers’ team reverted to a shell of their former selves after allowing just one goal in seven games before the World Cup break.
No matter what happens in this week’s games, the visitors to Anfield will enter 2023 above the dotted line. However, this year won’t be remembered too favorably by those in blue because a healthy four points still separate the 13th-placed Foxes from the drop zone.
In contrast, Leicester can take heart from a run of victories away from home. The team has won four straight away games in all competitions and has also kept four clean sheets, including victories in the Premier League against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, and West Ham United.
However, Anfield is a different kettle of fish, as ex-Liverpool manager Rodgers is aware. Liverpool easily defeated the Foxes 2-0 in February after finishing 2021 with a 1-0 loss to Leicester at the King Power, but the away supporters won’t be optimistic about lightning striking twice.
Liverpool vs Leicester City Team News
Gakpo’s impending arrival is perfect timing for Liverpool, who are currently without Arthur, Diogo Jota, and Luis Diaz on a long-term basis. Roberto Firmino is also not expected to fully recover from his calf injury anytime soon.
When Liverpool plays Brentford on January 2, James Milner (hamstring) and Curtis Jones (shin) are also hoping to return. Gakpo might be available if Liverpool can work out the details with PSV Eindhoven in time.
Ibrahima Konate, a World Cup semifinalist, is back in training for Liverpool and could make one of several lineup changes given the busy holiday schedule. Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho’s fresh legs could also be used in the starting lineup.
In the meantime, Leicester’s loss to Newcastle was made worse by an injury to Dennis Praet, who had just started to make his way back into the action, who was struck in the back by Joelinton’s knee and forced to leave the game after 17 minutes.
Together with Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand, the Belgian will miss this one. James Maddison, whose bothersome knee injury is causing him trouble once more, James Justin, Jonny Evans, and James.
Due to Praet’s injury, Ayoze Perez or Marc Albrighton should have a better chance of returning to the starting lineup. Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy may also benefit from some much-needed visitor rotation.
Possible Liverpool vs Leicester City Starting Lineups
Liverpool starting lineup:
- Van Dijk
Leicester City starting lineup: