Unchanged Reds as Klopp seeks same again – Predicting Liverpool’s XI vs. Leicester City

26 February 2017

Jurgen Klopp seems set to name an unchanged XI for Liverpool’s clash with Leicester City, as he looks for his side to pick up from where they left off.


After a 16-day break to refresh and recharge, the Reds recommence the fight for Champions League football against the relegation-threatened title holders.

Liverpool’s blistering win over Tottenham now seems a long time ago, but Klopp’s team arrive rejuvenated after rediscovering blitzing form in yet another big-game success, which now must be followed with victory over struggling opponents.

Leicester pose a trickier test after the outrageous sacking of Claudio Ranieri, and the Reds will need to be on top form to claim maximum points at the King Power Stadium, where Klopp could name the same XI that blitzed Spurs at Anfield.

 

UPDATE: Jordan Henderson is ruled out of Monday’s match – full story here.

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Liverpool’s XI vs. the Foxes

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 29, 2016: Liverpool's captain Lucas Leiva in action against Leeds United during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite the break providing plenty of time for the squad to reach full availability, Klopp instead has a similar group at his disposal.

With Lovren likely to miss out having only just returned to training and no need for changes elsewhere in the team, the Reds boss could therefore name an unchanged XI from that which scorched Mauricio Pochettino’s side before the extended pause.

This would see Lucas, who was excellent in that 2-0 success, deservedly given the nod over Klavan to partner Matip at centre-back in an otherwise full-strength lineup in all other departments.

Being able to pick a consistent selection could be key to Liverpool hitting the ground running at the King Power Stadium, and the Reds would look like this:

There’s little option or need for Klopp to adjust his selection after such a fantastic display last time out, but he could make one change in defence.

While Lucas indeed was in top form against Spurs, grabbing his opportunity with both hands, the experienced Brazilian did only feature at Anfield due to Lovren being out and Klavan having only just returned.

But with Klavan now fully fit again, Klopp could restore the Estonian to the left centre-back role alongside Matip, going with two natural centre-backs rather than keeping Lucas who ultimately is a last-resort stand-in.

That single alteration in an otherwise unchanged side would see Liverpool start with this XI:

Struggling opponents have caused problems throughout the season, but the reenergised Reds must produce a full throttle display to ensure of no further slip-ups as they battle for a top-four spot.

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