STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Leicester

The race is on for the Premier League title and Liverpool’s encounter with Leicester could provide plenty of entertainment for neutrals tonight.

Man City’s shock defeat at St James’ Park last night means Jurgen Klopp’s men have the chance to extend their advantage to seven points – although no slip ups can be afforded and they will not be taking Leicester lightly. However, this isn’t a terrible time to face the Foxes, with Claude Puel under the pump.

A third successive loss at Wolves came right on the back of defeats to 10-man Southampton and an FA Cup exit to League Two Newport which has seen some fans turn on Puel, although there are no strong rumours about him leaving just yet.

His side can still pack a punch, as they showed against Wolves when they went down in injury time to a Diogo Jota hat-trick in a 4-3 thriller. They were 2-0 down early on before an impressive fightback in the shape of a Demarai Gray strike and a Conor Coady own goal, before Wes Morgan looked to have stolen a point for them before Jota’s injury time winner.

Remarkably on the same weekend, Liverpool were also involved in their own thriller, as their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield kept their title charge on the road whilst also providing a throwback to the helter-skelter football that neutrals were treated to last season.

Klopp’s men had to work hard to get back in front after going down to Andros Townsend’s early goal, and again when James Tomkins levelled the score with over an hour on the clock, but two goals from Mohamed Salah along with strikes from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane got them over the line.

It will be interesting to see how they cope with the absence of James Milner – who was red carded against Palace – and this could prove to be tricky for Klopp’s men. Leicester did manage to beat Manchester City over Christmas along with Chelsea, and they have the right game-plan and firepower to frustrate bigger teams.

Liverpool v Leicester City
Premier League
20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 1-2 Liverpool
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
SEP 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 2-3 Liverpool
SEP 2017 EFL CUP Leicester 2-0 Liverpool
FEB 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 3-1 Liverpool
SEP 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-1 Leicester
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 2-0 Liverpool
DEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-0 Leicester
JAN 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 Leicester
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 1-3 Liverpool

Jamie Vardy is always likely to be a threat on the break and with Demarai Gray and James Maddison they’ve got two plays capable of making something out of any chances they might get. Liverpool are a better balanced defensive side this season but they have not let up going forward, and this could see action at both ends.

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