Who: Liverpool vs Leicester
When: Sunday, November 22nd @ 2:15pm ET
Line: Liverpool -114 | Draw +295 | Leicester +285
Not the best timing for that either, as Premier League leaders Leicester travel to Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool’s domestic home unbeaten streak is in genuine jeopardy.
Liverpool vs Leicester preview: Who will Klopp start?
Just to beat a dead horse, as of Friday morning here is who’s definitely OUT of Sunday’s match: Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhys Williams.
Fabinho and Thiago will be late fitness checks. If either are available, that provides a massive boost for Klopp’s side.
The Looks Great in Training Naby Keita, Andy Robertson, and Neco Williams all appear fit and ready to play.
Regardless, with so many variables, it’s difficult to predict how Klopp will line them up. We’ll split the difference with Fabinho and Thiago and say Fab will play, Thiago will sit. Here’s a potential starting XI:
Neco Williams, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson
Curtis Jones, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita
Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
That’s not terrible. If Thiago is available and either Jones or Keita come out of the XI, that line-up is suddenly very strong.
It needs to be, given how strong Leicester has been.
However, Leicester have their injury concerns as well. Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Periera, and Wilfred Ndidi are out. That’ll leave a mark defensively.
Offensively though, Leicester are doing just fine. Their 18 goals (albeit about 5 over xG) are tied for third best in England. Jamie Vardy is tied for the most goals in the Premier League with 8. Which also means he’s responsible for a disproportionate amount of the team’s goals. This isn’t like Liverpool where if you shut down Mo Salah, there are limited options to pick up the slack.
Expect Klopp to have Wijnaldum run Vardy into the ground and force Leicester’s wings to beat the Reds. Roberto Firmino will drop to help sure up the middle. It’ll limit Liverpool’s attack but also keep Vardy in check.
The problem there is Leicester does well attacking the flanks, and Neco Williams could be in for a long day.
On the plus side, Man U super fan / awful at his job David Coote has been removed as the VAR official from this match. At least Liverpool are less likely to screwed by a biased and unqualified hack.
Liverpool will need to grind this one out. A 1-1 draw feels like a win and what the result will be.