“They have a plan but we know about it” – Leicester City vs. Liverpool Preview

on 01.02.2016


Liverpool return to Premier League action on Tuesday night when they take on league leaders Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Leicester City's rancher Claudio Ranieri during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Leicester vs. Liverpool
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 19:45 pm (GMT)
King Power Stadium
Premier League 
Referee: Andre Marriner

After a 10-day break from league exploits, the Reds take on Claudio Ranieri’s table-toppers as Liverpool look to battle their way back into top four contention.

The spirited 5-4 win over Norwich proved Jurgen Klopp’s resilient side will scrap until the very end for a Champions League place, and after starting the fight-back in exhausting but positive fashion at Carrow Road, feint hope of a top four finish is still alive.

Klopp’s men need to build consistency with positive results starting in the toughest of tests on Tuesday night to keep the hunt alive, and another show of the improved never-say-die attitude will be required in order to take three huge points back to Merseyside.

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The Reds at Leicester

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 2, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Leicester City during the Premier League match at Filbert Way. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trips to Leicestershire have thrown up mixed fortunes for Liverpool, who have won just 14 of 49 meetings against the Foxes away from home.

However, the Reds are unbeaten in their last three trips and will be looking to record successive wins at the King Power Stadium after the 3-1 success last season on a night Leicester sat bottom of the table.

Goals from Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson handed the Reds three points on that December 2014 visit, impressively coming from behind after Simon Mignolet’s unfortunate own-goal put the home side ahead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke scores the first goal against Leicester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The reverse fixture this season saw the Reds run out 1-0 winners on Boxing Day at Anfield courtesy of Christian Benteke’s finish, as the Reds became the first side to stop the Foxes scoring in a league game this season.

Klopp’s side will hope to replicate that result on Tuesday.


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Form

Liverpool 1-0 Leicester City: Player Ratings

Leicester’s remarkable campaign continues, as they sit three points clear at the top as the business end of the season approaches.

The Foxes are unbeaten in the league since they lost to the Reds on Boxing Day, though have drawn three of their last five games.

Ranieri’s men have endured indifferent home form winning only two of their last five, but they have lost only once at the King Power Stadium – to Arsenal in September.

With a tough run upcoming against the Reds, Man City and Arsenal, Ranieri will be looking to start a potential title challenge defining run in the best possible fashion.

The Reds continue to struggle for consistency, winning and losing twice and drawing one of their last five league games, as well as a defeat and draw in their last two cup matches.

But Klopp will be looking for his side to start establishing momentum with a second consecutive league victory against Ranieri’s title chasers.


Form Guide (Last 10 league games)

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Leicester: D-W-W-W-L-D-D-W-D-W

Liverpool: W-L-D-L-W-W-L-D- L-W

 

Odds

A vital victory for Klopp’s side is priced at 6/4, with three points for Leicester valued at 9/5 and a share of the spoils offered at 23/10.

 

Opposition

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's Adam Lallana in action against Leicester City's N'Golo Kante during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ranieri has a strong and fresh squad to select from for Tuesday’s meeting having had the weekend off with no FA Cup action.

Only Jeffrey Schlupp – who is struggling with a hamstring issue – and midfielder Matt James are injury absentees, while the game is also set to come too early for new signing Daniel Amartey to feature.

However, the Leicester boss confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Richie De Laet and Shinji Okazaki are both fit and ready to play.

Ranieri could stick with the side that breezed past Stoke 3-0 last time out, though Leonardo Ulloa, who came on to score the third in that win, will be hopeful of a starting berth.

Deadly duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are fit to lead the Foxes, and the Reds will have to contain their creativity and pace like at Anfield with a much tighter defensive unit needed if they are to return home with the goods.


 

What the Managers say

Klopp spoke of the top four fight and praised Leicester in his pre-match press conference:

“Top four should always be a target, but only our performances will have an influence on that situation.

“People talk about Mahrez and Vardy but the whole team is concentrated and focussed. What they are doing is great.

“It’s counter attacking football at its best. They have a plan but we know about it.”

Ahead of Liverpool’s visit, Ranieri said:

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“Klopp believes in his style of football and he’s learning the Premier League quickly.

“In our last game, Liverpool played a very good match and scored with [Christian] Benteke. We tried to equalise but they defended very well.

“Now we’re at home and our fans will push us. I respect the Liverpool team but we are ready to fight.”

 

TV Info

Bizarrely, the match hasn’t been chosen for live broadcast in the UK, but will be available to watch around the globe on the usual channels, such as SuperSport, beIN Sports Arabia and Canal+ Sport.

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  1. The problem with our team now is that there is no magic except for firmino the rest is all graft…. Milner lallana henderson all too predictable

    • Hendo when fit and not injured is a huge influence in the team especially as he can pick a pass and looks forward.

      I do agree Milner AND Lallana stiffle our attack too much..

  2. Can see it now, win against Leicester and everyone will call us ‘Top 4’ contenders all over again in this roller coaster season. Hard to see us overcome a confident Leicester with ‘double trouble’ Mahrez & Vardy on the rampage and the very impressive Kante who I think we should try for next season.

    • Last 4 years the lowest total for top 4 was 70 – united.
      Even if we beat Leicester we won’t finish 4th IMO.

      I actually would be happy with 5th – above Man scum and 1 or 2 of the English cups.
      Truth is we don’t deserve top 4.

      • let the season finish first and then decide whether we deserve top 4 or not….
        anything can happen this season,
        and please keep your negative thoughts to yourself

        • Its a forum man. Honestly go play FIFA or something everyone entitled to their own opinion.

          No one forced you to read or comment.

          • there are still 15 games left in this season, so 45 points to play for…..
            my point is how can you say that we don’t deserve top 4???

          • Point 1) Do the Maths
            70 points is the target for Top 4 right.
            We have 34 after 23 games played.
            15 games to go we need 36 points.
            2.4 points PER game – considering we are averaging 1.3 points per game at the moment.

            Basically Every 3 games we play we have to win 2 and draw 1 and we are still 0.2 under what we need.

            Point 2) Distractions
            We are STILL in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.
            Leicester have no other distractions at all.
            Fatigue and fitness will play a pivotal part.

            Tottenahm are in the FA and Europa. But Tottenham are 8 points ahead of us with a much more BALANCED squad.

            Point 3) West Ham
            If we beat west ham it will also mean west ham also ONLY have the league.

            Point 4) United
            LVG is awful in cup competitions so expect United to get KO early in Europa.

            But he is good at getting the 3 points no matter hoe dire the game is.

            Point 5 – Lack of consistency
            We still haven’t put a decent run of games together considering we are just stuck in a fixture congestion that is taking its toll on players and training.

            Point 6 – The Table doesn’t Lie
            23 games in and we can’t say we have been robbed. The table doesn’t lie. We have been the 7th best team in the league performance wise.

          • I agree with your first point…..

            maybe you are right but I would still like to believe that we can finish top four…..
            finally its the belief we need to have in our team
            we only have one game left in league cup…
            as for the fa cup, most of the teams above us are still there in fa cup and i think we will mostly see our youngsters play in fa cup matches…
            so the main distraction is the europa league..
            I think europa league is the only chance through which we can qualify for champions league…
            it is still early to say, let us first qualify for pre quarters then we can talk about it..

        • 15 games to get 36 points for 70 total.
          12 wins 3 losses = 70
          11 wins 3 draws 1 loss = 70
          10 wins 5 draws = 69

          So the MINIMUM wins we need is 11 / 15.

          For me, too big an ask with our poor goals tally.

  3. QUOTE “Bizarrely, the match hasn’t been chosen for live broadcast in the UK,”
    it’s not bizarre at all. Football coverage stinks here in the UK, even if you throw heaps of money at it.

      • They don’t televise the saturday 3pm games because priority is attached to the match going fan and there is a fear that it would destroy the game. o’seas tv coverage is accepted as they aren’t the match day goers.

        But whey they don’t show the prime EPL game midweek is a mystery. Perhaps they don’t want to spend the money. Odd.

        • True on the match day games.
          However the cost of getting all of the 40% or so of the televised games is simply not worth the effort in my book. I need to see if there’s another way round it but simply subscribing up front is ridiculous.
          real shame

        • There is a similar “blackout” policy in some US NFL markets. For instance, Cincinnati used to block local coverage to “encourage” people to attend the game. But in other markets, like Washington, DC, every game is a sellout anyway, so there isn’t really any advantage to a local blackout.

          I’d think a club like Liverpool would be selling out the stadium every game anyway, so that there wouldn’t be a need for a local blackout, but I don’t really know.

    • We get nearly every single EPL game live in HD in south Africa.

      30 pounds a month for all sporting live coverage of football, rugby, boxing, cricket etc.. Plus HD movie channels, news and reality crap.

      • My Dad pays £60 per month here for Sky’s subscription. You then need BT Sport to get up to the full 40% of available PL games. That then doesn’t give everything that’s going on either.

        • Absolute rip off! I am just glad I don’t have Michael Owen as commentary. Usually Jim Beglin and Michael Druary.

        • I pay £70 a year for BT, Sky + US sport channels. Tell your Dad to get an IPTV Mag250, they were designed for ex-pats to get UK channels, but are out-selling Sky & BT in the UK now. It’s like legal streaming.

      • I pay 50pounds/year for entire tv package with all channels sports movies news entertainment discovery etc etc
        Can see all all epl cup n europe games.
        Pay 10 pounds/year more for everything in HD. Godbless India :-DD

  4. Leicester has the most bada** pinpoint counterattacking game. To suffocate them of possession and space is the only way to stop them.

  5. If we play the way we played the first half against stoke, its gonna be a wrap at half time. Leicester have a much better defense than Norwich, so if we are hoping for gifts that’s never happening. This is another match for the likes of Lallana and Milner to prove their worth. One more thing, I know someone is losing his shirt to Grujic next season, the assessment starts now.

    • Really would love to see the likes of Tex and Brannagan given a place in the starting 11 over Lallana.

      We need A grafter in the team but for me Milner is far more consistent. Plus those 2 kids really bossed it against a full strength west ham that made our seniors look pathetic twice this season already.

  6. We need the intensity of the first game against them. That’s been a bit unpredictable and hence the varying results.

  7. I think we need proper defenders for Leicester counter who are vigilant and responsible:

    4231 –
    Clyne Lovren Caulker/Sahko Cafu
    Hendo Can
    Milner Brannagan Moreno
    Firmino.

    Milner and Moreno are more than able to get back and help out. Brannagan doesn’t deserve to be dropped after a MOTM performance.

    Heck if Can is still tired – played every game until the last – I would give Kevin Stewart a run out. Also Hendo may be fit but it is evident that injury is STILL there… Stewart for one of the DM’s… Lucas is far too slow vs a mobile DM like Kante.

  8. We played well against Leicester at Anfield. Klopp is gradually installing a fight-till-the-end mentality in the team and I hope to see it in action tonight. Score one more goal than Leicester and we’ll win. A good start is mandatory but the record of only 14 wins in 49 matches away at Leicester does not provide much cause for optimism.

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