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Breaking News ! LIVERPOOL host Leicester as the champions look to get back to winning ways at Anfield after a 1-1 draw at Man City. But the visitors will be highly motivated under former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, knowing they can return to top spot in the Premier League with a win. Liverpool vs Leicester is live on Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD. If you're a Sky subscriber, download the Sky Go app to stream on a number of devices. Non-subscribers can watch the game by grabbing a NOW TV pass from £9.98. Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Jones, Mane, Firmino, Jota. Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Mendy, Tielemans, Barnes, Albrighton, Maddison, Vardy. Nyle Smith10 minutes agoVARDY'S HAVING A PARTY With just under ten minutes to go until kick off, let's squeeze in another stat. Jamie Vardy just loves to score against Liverpool. He has scored seven goals against the Reds in the Premier League with only Andy Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) having scored more. Will he add to that tally tonight? ???? @vardy7 has netted 7 goals in 11 #PL matches against Liverpool Only Andy Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) have scored more ????#LIVLEI pic.twitter.com/elqZb5atuD — Premier League (@premierleague) November 22, 2020 Nyle Smith17 minutes agoREMEMBERING RAY In memory of the late great Ray Clemence. A phenomenal goalkeeper, hero and legend who helped Liverpool to many of success especially the 1-0 victory in the 1981 European Cup final against Real Madrid. You'll never walk alone. In memory of Ray, #YNWA❤️ pic.twitter.com/gjWA4VXHqk — Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 22, 2020 Nyle Smith20 minutes agoMILNER’S THE MAN Last season’s late drama which saw James Milner help the Reds to steal all three points! Late drama and a BIG three points ????#LIVLEI last year was a very memorable clash ⏪???? pic.twitter.com/ZvnHurjbp8 — Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 22, 2020 Nyle Smith26 minutes agoA FAN OF FOFANA Another summer signing which seems to be a successful story so far is 19-year-old Wesley Fofana. He cost the Foxes £36.5m and if he continues his excellent form, that price is an absolute steal. He has been nothing short of solid at the back and the Frenchman has helped Leicester secure four clean sheets already this season in only seven starts. However, he is not getting too ahead of himself and stated on French TV: “I’ve done nothing yet. No I have not established myself in England yet. The season is still long and there are a lot of matches. We have goals to achieve.” Fofana added: “I love Leicester, I am very happy. The transfer episode is behind me, now everything is fine. I play football, I’m happy, everything is going well.” If there is more to come from him, Leicester fans you are in for a good season. Nyle Smith34 minutes agoCITY ARE IN TOWN Leicester have arrived and are not looking to leave Anfield empty handed. ???? #LivLei arrivals ???? pic.twitter.com/nUqHjnDKdg — Leicester City (@LCFC) November 22, 2020 Nyle Smith36 minutes agoDIOGO-AL JOTA Last season, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had a set starting 11 which seemed virtually impossible for any other player to get into. However, the arrival of Diogo Jota has disrupted that. The Portuguese’s move to Anfield from Wolves raised a few eyebrows because nobody could quite see where he would fit into the team, but whenever Jota has been called upon, he has delivered causing a problem for Klopp. Jota’s goal scoring form has been remarkable and is so far proving that his £41m price tag is valuable when it was documented that he has scored more goals after 10 matches, than any Liverpool player since Robbie Fowler in 1993. The Portuguese international is chasing one more record and that is to become the first ever player to score in their first four top-flight home games. Incredible. Nyle Smith42 minutes agoLEICESTER CITY BENCH 12 Ward, 5 Morgan, 33 Thomas, 20 Choudhury, 26 Praet, 19 Under, 14 Iheanacho Nyle Smith44 minutes agoLEICESTER CITY XI Fofana shakes off his minor knock. Barnes comes into the starting 11 and the goal machine Jamie Vardy leads the line as usual for the Foxes. 1 Schmeichel, 11 Albrighton, 3 Fofana, 28 Fuchs, 2 Justin, 24 Mendy, 8 Tielemans, 15 Barnes, 10 Maddison, 9 Vardy City's #LivLei XI, brought to you by @eToro ???? — Leicester City (@LCFC) November 22, 2020 Nyle Smith52 minutes agoLIVERPOOL BENCH 13 Adrian, 18 Minamino, 21 Tsimikas, 27 Origi, 47 Phillips, 65 Clarkson, 76 Williams Nyle Smith55 minutes agoLIVERPOOL XI With Salah unavailable due to contracting COVID-19, Klopp goes with a front three of Jota, Mane and Firmino this evening. 1 Alisson, 7 Milner, 3 Fabinho, 32 Matip, 26 Robertson, 5 Wijnaldum, 8 Keita, 17 Jones, 20 Jota, 10 Mane, 9 Firmino Here’s the Reds to take on @LCFC tonight ???????? — Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 22, 2020 Nyle Smith56 minutes agoSTARTING LINEUPS ARE IN! Nyle SmithToday, 18:14BRENDAN RODGERS PRE-MATCH BUILD UP Quotes from the Leicester boss on injuries, Liverpool and general team news ahead of this evening’s top of the table clash. Rodgers mentioned that “Wilf is out on the field. He still has a number of weeks to go but he is progressing well. Soyuncu, likewise, is maybe a few weeks away but training with the squad. Timothy Castagne’s back in again, which is great news and Wesley Fofana will be fine, so we’re slowly starting to get our players back. They’ve got top class players that have been playing and players that will come off the bench who will be really strong.” He also added: “We’ve had a host of players out and the players who have come in who have been outstanding for us and that’s what you want from the squad. They will still be a formidable team and we have to be ready for a tough game. It’s still a squad with world-class players who can really hurt you. For all the players, they get a bit of recovery time which was needed after the hectic start we’ve had but we’re now looking forward to a busy schedule over the coming months. We’ve got players coming back which will be great and we’ll look forward to the next run of games.” Nyle SmithToday, 18:09JURGEN KLOPP PRESS CONFERENCE Liverpool boss discussing Salah, the injury crisis and his thoughts on Leicester ahead of this evening’s clash. Klopp said “Obviously I’ve been in close contact with him [Salah] the whole time. How it always is in these cases at the moment when you have a negative test then the process really starts.
Klopp when asked about who will be available, he responded saying “Hendo not, Trent not, that’s clear and all the rest we will see.
There’s no season when you have no problems with injuries, it’s always the same but our situation is slightly different that a lot of players in the same position get injured and seriously injured and that makes it of course tricky.”
The German added: “We don’t feel sorry for ourselves, it’s just a situation. In the moment when you get the information that’s the moment when it hits you really but a minute later, you’re already in the solution process.
Leicester showed not only last year how good they can be but this year again. They changed their style slightly and had to maybe because of the injuries they had.
They have a clear idea how they want to play and it’s a tough one so of course they are contenders.”
Nyle SmithToday, 18:04MEMORABLE MOMENT
Leicester will be hoping for more of this in tonight’s game.
A memorable moment at Anfield ⚽️
Who do you think will be key for the Foxes tomorrow? pic.twitter.com/TY8EdNxguK
— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 21, 2020
Nyle SmithToday, 18:00UNDER NOT OVER
Foxes’ winger Cengiz Under is giving Brendan Rodgers a selection headache with his recent performances.
With plenty of competition in his position, the Turkish international is yet to be in a starting 11 for Leicester but has really started to make a name for himself.
In his last four City outings, he has provided three assists most notably the one for Jamie Vardy against Leeds.
After his assist at Leeds, Rodgers said: “What I love about Cengo is that he runs in behind. He tries to penetrate the lines.
You can see his class in that he could have easily gone for himself, but just to square it for the tap-in was wonderful vision. It shows he has no ego as well.”
The City boss added: “He’s a very talented player and whether he starts the game or comes off the bench, the contribution has been very good.”
If Rodgers still had his doubts, Under has continued his good form into the international break where he has scored in two successive games for Turkey.
Will he get his starting opportunity?
Nyle SmithToday, 17:59OH-MO!
If the Reds fortunes weren’t bad enough, Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah will also miss out on this evening’s match after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Egyptian contracted the virus during international duty and it was initially confirmed on November 19th but since then, the Governing body have taken another medical swab and the test has returned positive for a second time.
He posted on social media: “I’d like to thank everyone for the supportive messages and well wishes.
I’m confident I’ll be back on the field soon.”
The Liverpool forward will have to be side-lined for possibly the next 3 games which will frustrate Klopp because he has been in outstanding form this season with 8 goals in only 8 appearances. This is a huge setback for the Liverpool boss.
Salah is now the fourth Liverpool first-team player to test positive for COVID-19 this season following Mane, Shaqiri and Thiago who have all thankfully shaken off the virus.
Let’s hope he too can recover as quickly as possible.
Nyle SmithToday, 17:59TRAINING CENTRE
A new era for the Reds.
They’ll be hoping that the training centre can speed up the recovery process of all their injured players.
⚡️ “Welcome to the AXA Training Centre ????” by @LFC https://t.co/ZfjIzOWcSk
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 18, 2020
Nyle SmithToday, 17:56NIGHTMARE ON LIVERPOOL STREET
Jurgen Klopp is one of many managers who has expressed their opinion towards the scrapping of the 5 substitute’s rule which was put in place during ‘Project Restart’. He believed that without having access to that many subs, you were likely to see a lot more injuries and he wasn’t wrong.
Since the start of the season, Liverpool have been losing key players due to injury and the list seems to be getting added to by the week.
Let me mention a couple so you can feel Klopps pain:
Virgil Van Dijk
These four were all so influential in last season’s dominant title triumph and if the Reds have to go without them for long periods of the campaign, it blows the title race wide open.
Nyle SmithToday, 17:54LEAGUE TABLE
A victory today will see either side go top of the table.
Massive 3 points up for grabs!
Nyle SmithToday, 17:53LAST TIME OUT
Liverpool delivered a Boxing Day knockout to Leicester in their previous encounter. The Reds went into that game 10 points clear of the Foxes with a game in hand and you could see why.
A beautiful cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold met by a fantastic Roberto Firmino header gave Liverpool a slender lead despite all their superiority in the first half.
To give credit to Leicester, the second half became a bit more even and the Foxes enjoyed a few good spells until a 71st minute penalty was awarded to Liverpool after a Soyuncu handball.
James Milner made no mistake and dispatched the penalty seconds after coming off the bench. Firmino then added to his goal tally three minutes later before Sadio Mane completely put the game to bed on the 78th minute making it 4-0.
There was no shame in holding a thrashing to the Liverpool of last year because their form at that time was phenomenal but something tells me that Leicester won’t be that easy to pick off this time around.
Nyle SmithToday, 17:52RESPECT
Liverpool paying tributes to a club legend.
Our thoughts are with the Clemence family.
The Kop pays tribute to a legend ❤️ #YNWA pic.twitter.com/b9zvHRUIvZ
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 22, 2020
Nyle SmithToday, 17:48GOOD EVENING
Hello SunSport family.
Has the lockdown here in the UK made your weekend boring? Well strap on your seatbelts people because this next fixture is shaping up to be a good one!
High flying Leicester City travel to Anfield where they’ll be taking on the reigning Premier League champions Liverpool and I for one just can’t wait.
The Reds go into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Manchester City and when you take their injury crisis into consideration, it was a point well earned.
However, Liverpool have looked vulnerable at the back this season. They have only managed to keep just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games. Going into this weekend, only promoted sides Leeds and West Brom (17 each) have conceded more than the Reds (16) but seven of them did come in one game against Aston Villa.
On the other hand, after picking off their midlands rivals Wolves with a 1-0 victory before the international break, Leicester did start the weekend at the summit of the table which is the first time since their 2015-16 title triumph until Spurs knocked them off the top yesterday evening.
The Foxes have made an impressive start to the season and a win at Anfield would really stamp their mark on what aspirations the club has going forward.
Despite Liverpool leaking a lot of goals at the back, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will be aware that he is coming up against a side who are trying to break their own record of being unbeaten in their last 63 Premier League home games, but can anyone guess which team ended this same streak in 1980?
You guessed it… Leicester City.
This is going to be interesting.
Source = Metinews.com