After a 10 day span of FA Cup fixtures, Liverpool is finally returning back to Premier League play with a matchup against a tricky Leicester City side. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.
WHO: Liverpool v. Leicester City
WHEN: Wednesday, 30 January
WHERE: Anfield, Liverpool
TIME: 8 PM
TV: BT Sport 1
The long 10 day break of having no Liverpool football has been dreadful, to say the least. Fortunately, Jurgen Klopp’s men were able to get some much-needed rest before another long stretch of games lie ahead.
Although Klopp was able to get some rest for his players, it has proved to be enough time to get Trent Alexander-Arnold or Joe Gomez back. Reports also surfaced yesterday that Virgil van Dijk may not be available for the game on Wednesday because of an illness. If all is true, rotation is going to be key for Klopp.
The likes of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip will have to try and sniff out any Leicester attacks that come their way. It also seems that Fabinho will be slotting into the right back spot as Alexander-Arnold will most likely miss the game. I am expecting Jordan Henderson to get the start in the midfield, especially given the outstanding performance against Palace. James Milner will be missing as a result of the red card in the last game against Palace. Gini Wijnaldum should be back and in contention to be in the XI after a stay on the sidelines with an injury.
If Liverpool want to take all three points from the Foxes, they will have to take full advantage of the tremendous amount of pace the Reds possess up front. Harry Maguire is coming off of an injury and the Liverpool attack needs to take advantage of it. The battle in the midfield will be pivotal as to who can come out on top. If Leicester makes the midfield congested, expect a close game, but if Claude Puel plays free-flowing football, expect another potential seven goal thriller.
Last time out, Puel was left with a head scratch as the Foxes conceded in the last minute against Wolves to drop all three points. If he wants to steal the vital three points from Liverpool, he has to find a way to stop the Liverpool attack. He will have to be able to congest the midfield and to frustrate the front three. It’s going to be a tough challenge for the Foxes, but every time that they come to Anfield they love to put up a fight.
Daniel Amartey will be the only member of the Foxes that will not be making the trip to Anfield.
The pressure will be on the Reds to widen the gap at the top to seven points, but I think that the Reds will be able to beat Leicester 2-0.