Liverpool travel to the King Power Stadium to face third place Leicester City in the Premier League. The Reds lie in fourth place, just three points behind the Foxes, ahead of the clash.
With this season being highly unpredictable, it’s a huge chance for Liverpool to close the gap on their top four rivals.
It’ll also be a big chance for former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to get his own back on the club that sacked him in 2015 after nearly three years in charge.
The first meeting of both teams this season ended in a 3-0 dominating win for Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool Team News
Jurgen Klopp will have a big decision on whether new signings Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak are ready to make their first appearances for the club.
Diogo Jota, who scored in the 3-0 win, is likely to miss the match, as well as midfielder Naby Keita.
Kostas Tsimikas made his Premier League debut after coming on late in the 4-1 loss to Manchester City, but Andy Robertson is still expected to start.
Leicester City Team News
After finding out James Justin’s injury in the FA Cup wasn’t as bad as it first seemed, the young fullback could return to the starting line up.
Long term injury’s to Timothy Castagne, Dennis Praet and Wesley Fofana will keep them from making an appearance against Liverpool on Saturday.
Liverpool have won 12 of the past 17 league meetings against The Foxes, including six last seven games between them.
In Leicester’s past four matches they’ve only won one match and and got five points from their last four league games. Liverpool’s league form has been far worse though, with The Reds only winning two league games in 2021.
The Reds have lost successive league matches for the first time under Klopp – they have not lost three in a row since November 2014, under current Leicester manager Rodgers.
As was the Manchester City game, the match on Saturday is huge for both teams. With the title seemingly lost, Liverpool will have their eyes set on Champions League qualification-as will Leicester who are currently ahead of them in the league.
The Reds have a big round of 16 clash against RB Leipzig, so they need to get a win at the weekend to raise their confidence against the German side.
Leicester City have had a mix of results since the turn of the year, but with return to the starting eleven of Jamie Vardy, he could be a nightmare for the Liverpool back line.
Liverpool are well and truly in a battle for top four, and their place isn’t guaranteed. It would disastrous for Klopp’s men to miss their goal, but this match could also set them on a strong run of form they desperately need.