Liverpool and Leicester City are gearing up for another intense clash as both sides lock horns in the carabao Cup clash, tomorrow night, as Klopp’s brigade take on Championship side Leicester, who were relegated last season from the elite Premier League. With Manchester United beginning their title defense, Liverpool would look to maintain their unbeaten streak in the domestic circuit.
A mouth-watering clash of the titans
Liverpool and Leicester have always promised to be a high-octane clash, over the last few years. Both sides have been at tenterhooks since years, as two of top English clubs have always delivered to their promises. Liverpool has maintained a perfect start to their season, following Manchester City closely on second, as the Reds have bolstered their midfield after the departure of famous midfield trio of Henderson, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain, including the services of World Cup winner Mac Allister, Hungarian star Szoboszlai and Japanese Endo to their ranks. With the likes of several stars like Nunez and the evergreen Salah, Liverpool are well on verge to become a tough competitor in City’s title defense. Although they are missing their potent wing-back Alexander Arnold to injury, Klopp’s side has always been a threat to the opponents.
After narrowly missing out on a Champions League spot last season, Liverpool have been placed in a comparatively easier group in Europa League, and has already showcased their mettle by defeating LASK 3-1. In the league, they have fared better, as they stand on a favorable second spot after arch-rivals Manchester City, and comes on the back of a 3-1 victory against the Hammers. Liverpool fans at the Kop would be eager to follow the situation of Reds closely as they gear up to host Leicester City.
Leicester City, on the other hand, had suffered one of the horrendous heartbreaks last season, when they were relegated to the second tier, the Championship. It saw several players leaving the ranks of Foxes’, including long-time servant James Maddison, who is currently setting fireworks with Tottenham Hotspurs. The former champions from 2015-16 season, when the Foxes’ set Premier League ablaze with their wonderous footwork under the strict vigil of Claudio Ranieri, ended last season on 18th position, thus returning back to the Championship. But, Leicester were desperate to prove their mettle, as they would prefer an early return to the top tier, thus showcasing their worth in the second league. This season, they are on a driver’s seat, sitting on top of the table with 21 points from 8 games, winning seven and losing one. Thus, Liverpool and Leicester will indeed promise some fireworks, as two of the best sides lock horns in their Carabao Cup opener.
Liverpool vs Leicester City: team news
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had mentioned about rotating the squad in several matches, in order to protect the players from injury. Thus, he will be compelled to make some changes within the squad and might name a starting eleven which faced LASK in Europa League opener. Klopp had previously reminded journalists in press conferences that how his squad gears up for a high-intensity clash like this one, as he would be tempted to build a potent starting eleven, but had to name some changes due to their rigorous schedule in the domestic and international circuits.
When it comes to injuries, Klopp would be missing the valuable services of seasoned defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Thiago, as they have been recuperating from injuries since last few weeks, and will be expected to make an early comeback.
For Leicester, English youngster Callum Doyle would be on the sidelines where he will join Dennis Praet and Tom Cannon, as the young defender would be set for a knee scan whose reports would be coming off late, thus making himself unavailable for the selection. Leicester boss Enzo Maresca, who had been previously at the helm with Manchester City alongside Pep, will also be prompt on modifying his starting eleven, as he would be focusing on a strong Championship season.
Liverpool vs Leicester City: predicted line-up
Liverpool: Kelleher; Bajcetic, Quansah, Tsimikas, Konate; Endo, Elliott, Gravenberch; Jota, Gakpo,Doak
Leicester City: Stolarczyk; Pereira, Faes, Vestergaard, Justin; Ndidi, Casadei, Winks; Akgun, Iheanacho, Mavididi
Liverpool vs Leicester City: predicted score
Liverpool 2-0 Leicester City
Liverpool vs Leicester City: head-to-head
Liverpool victories: 19
Leicester City victories: 10
Last meeting: Leicester City 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool vs Leicester City: Venue, date, time, where to watch
Venue: Anfield Stadium
Date: 28th September
Time: 12:15 AM (Indian Standard Time)
Where to watch: Fancode App