It’s Landlord vs Tenant as Brendan Rodgers and Leicester visit Anfield

This Saturday, Brendan Rogers returns to Anfield for the first time since leaving Liverpool.

Liverpool look to make it eight wins out of eight and continue flawless start to the Premier League season – only Chelsea in 2005-06 won more to start a season. They won their first nine.

Team News

Alisson Becker has finally returned to training after being sidelined for the best part of two months.

The Brazilian goalkeeper was injured in Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Norwich in the first game of the season.

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He tore his calf and has been on the road to recovery ever since. He picked up the award for FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year in the meantime, though.

Alisson may not start against Leicester but he should at least make the bench.

Joel Matip will continue to be unavailable for Liverpool. The Cameroonian defender missed out on the Reds’ 4-3 win over Salzburg in midweek and will sit the Leicester game out, too.

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Xherdan Shaqiri’s calf injury will keep him on the sidelines, the Swiss winger has made little impact on the side even when fit.

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that James Maddison will be fit to face Liverpool this Saturday.

There were fears from the Leicester camp that Maddison would miss out after he missed last week’s win over Newcastle through injury.

Matty James is the only player unavailable for the Foxes.

Predicted XI

Many people thought that Joe Gomez had a poor game against Salzburg in midweek and it will be telling to see if Jurgen Klopp favours him to Dejan Lovren on Saturday.

After looking stale in midweek, Klopp may also inject fresh legs into midfield. Naby Keita or Adam Lallana may get the nod over Gini Wijnaldum.

The front three all had their parts to play in Liverpool’s 4-3 win on Wednesday, they will all reprise their roles this Saturday.

Liverpool: Adrian; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

What to expect

Rousing reception for Rodgers

When Brendan Rodgers managed Liverpool, the Reds enjoyed some of the best football that was on offer in Europe.

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Rodgers took in a team that had not qualified for the Champions League for five years and took them to within a whisker of winning the Premier League.

Liverpool fans will repay this by giving Rodgers a welcoming reception on Saturday in his first trip back to Anfield since leaving.

Plus, Jurgen Klopp lives in his house, so be nice.

The Liverpool manager said: “It is brilliant living there [in Rodgers’ house]. I am not sure he has to work. He is doing really well. I am not surprised about that. An incredible job at Celtic, rebuilding at Leicester. Good signings and brilliant team.”

A close affair

The way that Salzburg played against Liverpool on Wednesday will inspire Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Leicester will come to Anfield with the hope of being able to replicate the way that Salzburg put Liverpool on the back foot.

This time, Liverpool will be prepared for it. The Reds could be accused of underestimating their midweek opposition – especially after they went 3-0 up.

Liverpool probably won’t run out to a 3-0 lead on Saturday, they will be more cautious and will leave less space for Leicester to punish them.

Lessons learnt

Liverpool will take many lessons from the Champions League game against Salzburg and will hopefully action those against Leicester.

The Salzburg game was perfect practice for this weekend. Both sides play with an open and attacking style of football.

Instead of Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland, it’ll be Jamie Vardy and James Maddison that the Reds are faced with.

Prediction

As mentioned already it will be a close game between Liverpool and Leicester but there’s a growing feeling that there is nothing that will stop Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool from winning the Premier League this season.

The Reds find wins from nowhere this season and the feeling is that it will be the same on Saturday.

We’re going for a 2-1 Liverpool win.

What do you think? Will Liverpool make it 8/8? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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