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Klopp to restore key men – Predicting Liverpool’s XI for tough Leicester trip

Ahead of the Reds’ trip to top of the table Leicester on Tuesday night, we take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his side for the clash.

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Liverpool face a tough test as they look to continue fighting their way back into the race for a top four finish, against Claudio Ranieri’s league leaders.

Klopp is set to recall his key men for the trip to the King Power Stadium who were rested for the West Ham FA Cup draw at the weekend, giving the German a fit and refreshed team to select from for a big game against the table toppers.


Team News

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  • Liverpool squad finally returning to better health
  • Klopp to restore strongest team at King Power Stadium
  • “New signings” Skrtel, Coutinho, Origi & Sturridge all close to training returns
  • But Leicester trip too early for any to feature
  • Henderson also a doubt with persistent heel injury
  • Lovren pushing for Premier League return after playing 90mins in West Ham draw
  • Toure, Sakho & Moreno in line to return after weekend rests
  • Lucas & Emre Can set to resume midfield duties
  • Allen pushing for starting berth & could start if Henderson misses out
  • Milner & Lallana in line to form Reds attack again after weekend off
  • Firmino set to spearhead attack in place of Benteke


Liverpool’s XI

Klopp’s options remain restricted currently, and Liverpool could return to a familiar looking team against the Foxes as a result.

Rested defenders Toure, Sakho and Moreno are set to come back in, as are Lucas, Can and Henderson to form the midfield, should the captain be fit enough to feature.

With Lallana, Milner and Firmino making up the Reds attack again, Liverpool could line up like this in Leicestershire:

Leicester XI 1

However, after Lovren impressed and came through unscathed on his return in the cup draw with the Hammers, Klopp could partner the Croatian with Sakho at centre back.

And with Henderson’s availability a doubt with the captain’s performances showing he’s still struggling with his problematic heel injury, the rejuvenated Allen could come into midfield.

With the same attacking trio, the Reds could line up looking like this come 7:45 kick-off time at the King Power Stadium:

Leicester XI 2

The toughest of tests awaits Klopp’s side on Tuesday night, but it’s one they must pass if any genuine aspirations of a top four finish are to be kept alive.