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If you couldn’t tell, I am still riding high off the feeling that signing Virgil van Dijk has brought to Liverpool Football Club and it is absolutely wonderful, but before the big Dutchman officially becomes part of our squad, we have one last game of 2017 to deal with and it’s the Foxes visiting Anfield this time round. Claude Puel brings his resurgent Leicester to face a Liverpool side that is undefeated since the 4-1 arse-whopping that we received away to Spurs. It now being 14 games since we have lost! Match-day 21? Into these.
It really is going to be fun to try and predict Liverpool’s lineup for the Leicester game with a tie against Burnley only a day away from it, but in terms of solid team news, there is no fresh injury woes for the Reds with Daniel Sturrdige, Alberto Moreno, Nathaniel Clyne and Jordan Henderson remaining the only players unavailable for selection by Jurgen Klopp, and obviously big-man Virgil van Dijk isn’t available just yet. Marko Grujic also has a fractured finger but should be fine.
Harry Maguire is one yellow card away from a one-match ban, but that won’t affect the Liverpool game. In terms of injury, Leicester are without Danny Simpson and Robert Huth for their trip to Merseyside, other than that, nothing new.
I’m not sure if I’m employing some sort of twisted logic or if it is a common thought within the fan-base but I can see some massive rotation going on with the Liverpool team this Saturday. Whoever does start, especially in defence will have to send a message to Jurgen Klopp as to why they deserve to stay in the team over the next few months as bringing in VVD is such a statement of intent from the Reds’ boss. I fully expect Simon Mignolet to start in goal, with Joe Gomez coming back in for Trent Alexander-Arnold, despite the youngster scoring his first Premier League goal against Swansea. Matip and Lovren could be the centre-back partnership for the first time in what seems like forever and we could even see Milner back at left-back. Just don’t panic if Klopp rotates madly and starts Ben Woodburn and Kamil Grabara, (Those things only happen in my dreams.)
The hardest part of supporting Liverpool is getting behind the team no matter what, and whoever Klopp fields, you need to get behind, especially at Anfield.
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet; Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner; Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana; Ben Woodburn, Sadio Mane, Dominic Solanke. (Yes, I know that is a bit mad, but isn’t Klopp?)
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel; Aleksander Dragovic, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Christian Fuchs; Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton, Vincente Iborra, Demarai Gray; Riyad Mahrez; Jamie Vardy.
Key Battle: Dominic Solanke vs Harry Maguire
Dom Solanke is a young player on the up and up, and during the busy festive period he has had a few chances in the first team, yet, it unfortunately still without a Premier League goal. Hopefully, that changes when Leicester visit Anfield.
Going up against the big, former Hull City defender, Harry Maguire will be a difficult job for the u20 WC golden boot winner, but if there was ever a time for him to score his first LFC competitive goal, it would be now.
With Divock Origi and Danny Ings seemingly out of the door at Liverpool, Klopp must have gallons of faith in the young English striker, which I hope is well-founded. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Let’s just hope he doesn’t go up in flames.
It’s going to be tough for Liverpool to maintain their undefeated streak with the level of rotation I am predicting that we’ll see in the squad, but as always (??) I have full faith in the Liverpool squad and I firmly believe that we’ll come away with another three points this Saturday. With a 2-1 win over the Foxes, with big-man Dom Solanke getting both to get the ball rolling. Let’s just hope for a result. Up the Reds.