LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 29, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates after the 5-1 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Leicester: Klopp names surprise right-back option

Jurgen Klopp has made two changes to his Liverpool lineup as they aim to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win over Leicester.

The Reds are back in action after a much-needed break, and are handed a big opportunity as Claude Puel’s side visit Anfield.

With Rafa Benitez masterminding a comeback victory for Newcastle against Man City on Tuesday night, Liverpool are able to further cement themselves as favourites for the title with a triumph this evening.

But despite the Foxes’ poor form of late, losing their last three, they should be a difficult opponent, and Klopp has set his side up in interesting fashion.

Alisson starts in goal on his 30th appearance for the club, looking to keep his 16th clean sheet after shipping three in the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace last time out.

With Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold injured and James Milner suspended, Jordan Henderson is expected to take up the role of right-back, joining Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in defence.

And with Klopp looking set to field a 4-2-3-1 formation, Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita are named in midfield.

This leaves Xherdan Shaqiri, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to resume duties in the final third.

Fabinho, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are among Liverpool’s options on the substitutes’ bench, with Dejan Lovren returning from injury.

Liverpool: Alisson; Henderson, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Keita; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah

Substitutes: Mignolet, Lovren, Camacho, Fabinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Origi

Leicester: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Mendy; Albrighton, Maddison, Gray; Vardy

Substitutes: Ward, Morgan, Simpson, Choudhury, Barnes, Okazaki, Iheanacho

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