Reds seek pre-season silverware – Liverpool vs. Leicester City Preview

21 July 2017

Liverpool take on Leicester City in the ‘final’ of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong on Saturday, looking to end their week in Hong Kong in style.


Liverpool vs. Leicester City

Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 1.30pm (BST)
Hong Kong Stadium
Premier League Asia Trophy

Having sealed a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday courtesy of goals from Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi, the Reds will take on the Foxes to fight for pre-season silverware.

Despite Dejan Lovren lifting the Shankly Trophy last season, and Jordan Henderson lifting the True Super Trophy in 2015, this is far from a priority objective for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Another solid performance against Craig Shakespeare’s will instead be the focus for the German, after three impressive displays so far this pre-season.

Their fourth outing of the summer, Liverpool can hope to find more fluency at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday, against more testing opposition in the former Premier League champions.

 

Who is Available For Liverpool?

HONG KONG, CHINA - Friday, July 21, 2017: Liverpool players Georginio Wijnaldum and Jon Flanagan during a training session at the Mong Kok Stadium during the Premier League Asia Trophy 2017. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nathaniel Clyne is Klopp’s only absentee, with the right-back ruled out with a muscle injury that should keep him sidelined until Liverpool’s tour of Germany.

Simon Mignolet played the full 90 vs. Palace so expect Loris Karius to get the nod for this one.

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Karius, Ward

Defenders: Matip, Lovren, Klavan, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Moreno, Flanagan

Midfielders: Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Grujic, Woodburn

Forwards: Firmino, Salah, Coutinho, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke, Kent

 

Leicester City

HONG KONG, CHINA - Monday, July 17, 2017: The Leicester City team arrive at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy 2017. (Pic by FA Premier League/Pool/Propaganda)

The Leicester hierarchy made a bold decision in sticking with Shakespeare this summer, with the 53-year-old—who has no previous managerial experience—signing a three-year contract in June.

So far in the Foxes’ dugout, the Englishman has looked to go back to basics, utilising the same mould as Claudio Ranieri in the triumphant 2015/16 campaign, bizarrely cast aside at the start of last season.

And over the summer, Leicester have been busy, signing Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and Eldin Jakupovic, with Ron-Robert Zieler, Marcin Wasilewski and Bartosz Kapustka (loan) all departing.

There remain question marks over the future of Riyad Mahrez, with AS Roma earmarking the Algerian as their replacement for Mohamed Salah, who is now Liverpool’s No. 11.

Leicester rejected the Serie A side’s first bid for Mahrez on Friday, with Shakespeare revealing it was a “low offer.”

Mahrez can be expected to be part of Shakespeare’s squad on Saturday, having scored against West Brom on Wednesday, with his manager likely to field most of his heavy-hitters.

 

Last Time vs. the Foxes

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, February 27, 2017: Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater celebrates scoring second goal during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool – Premier League – February 27, 2017

Shakespeare’s initial, interim reign at the King Power Stadium began with a home clash against the Reds, with Leicester looking to push away from the relegation zone.

Within an hour, a stripped-back Foxes side blitzed Klopp’s Liverpool, with Jamie Vardy scoring twice and Danny Drinkwater adding another, with the visitors clearly demoralised.

Philippe Coutinho struck a consolation goal with 22 minutes left to play, but it was too little, too late as the Reds’ title hopes continued to slip from their grasp.

It was Liverpool’s fifth loss in their last seven games in all competitions, and a crippling blow to their Premier League ambitions.

“We should get criticised,” Klopp said after the game. “This inconsistency makes absolutely no sense.”

That day saw Lucas Leiva struggle as a makeshift centre-back, but the Brazilian has now left the Reds, joining Lazio in a £5 million deal on Tuesday.

 

Is the Game on TV?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 17, 2015: A television camera during the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As with Wednesday’s win over Palace, Liverpool’s clash with Leicester will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, immediately following the Eagles’ third-place play-off against West Brom.

Coverage is scheduled to begin at 1pm (BST), with kickoff set for around 1.30pm.

Once again, This is Anfield will provide updates throughout the afternoon, with Henry Jackson manning the live blog to bring you an in-depth view of Liverpool in the Far East.

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