An injury-ridden Liverpool side will take on Leicester City in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday, 22 November 2020.
The reigning champions are set for an even harder game than when they went to a 1-1 draw at Manchester City before the break, with so many injury concerns and Mohamed Salah out of the squad after he tested positive for coronavirus in his homeland Egypt.
Leicester City, on the other hand, are once again a contender to push for a top-for spot or why not for something bigger if they manage to keep their momentum over the course of a long and exhausting season. It's not something they haven't done when nobody was really expecting anything from them.
Liverpool Betting Preview
Things went from bad to worse for Liverpool and even though they are unbeaten in seven games (since the humiliating 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa before the October international break), with five consecutive wins sandwiched between the draws at Manchester City and Everton, Jurgen Klopp would have to embrace the busy schedule without three of his four main defenders.
The Reds were deeply shaken from the magnitude of their injury crisis over the past weeks and the list of missing players is increasing, while some of the anticipated recoveries have not gone as smoothly as Jurgen Klopp would want to see.
Centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both underwent surgeries while Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew from the England squad due to a calf injury and is ruled out.
Moreover, Klopp still doesn't know whether versatile holding midfielder Fabinho is fit as he can normally cover in defense, with the Brazilian still recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up in the Champions League clash against FC Midtjylland in late October.
Jurgen Klopp also revealed that Joe Gomez's surgery was a success yet his injury is bad enough to rule him out for a significant part of the season, so Joel Matip would have to step in as a leader of the line.
Meanwhile, top scorer Mohamed Salah (8 goals in 8 Premier League games) is set to miss Sunday's clash with Leicester City as the “Egyptian King” isolates after testing positive for COVID-19 while he was on international duty.
Latest reports (on Friday) from Liverpool's official site suggest that skipper Jordan Henderson will be sidelined as well, but Liverpool's medical staff will assess the condition of both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara ahead of the game.
However, the same cannot be said of fellow England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who injured his knee during Liverpool's pre-season in August and is still waiting for a green light to resume training.
Leicester City Betting Preview
Brendan Rodgers' men will be keen to build on their six-game winning streak that saw them reaching the Premier League's peak and also going top of the table in Group G of the Europa League
Leicester City surely enjoyed spending the international break top of the table and Brendan Rodgers' side would retain their position should they manage to take advantage from Liverpool's injury woes.
Since his appointment last February, Brendan Rodgers is doing a great job at King Power Stadium and bringing the best out of Jamie Vardy is key to his success.
Jamie Vardy is playing at his best under Brendan Rodgers and the experienced, pacey center-forward is surely scenting blood. He'll be a real menace for a heavily wounded Liverpool defense, having already scored eight goals in seven Premier League appearances.
Harvey Barnes and Dennis Praet, who started against Wolves last time out, are in contention to start in attacking midfield, with James Maddison likely being a sure starter in the duo behind Vardy.
Even though Brendan Rodgers had his own concerns regarding Leicester's defensive line, he still managed to build a decent defense in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Some good news for Brendan Rodgers – Çaglar Soyuncu, Wesley Fofana, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi and Timothy Castagne have all resumed training after their injuries but it's yet to be seen who'll be fit enough to start at Anfield, so Leicester's boss might be reluctant to make sudden and wholesale changes when the squad's form is getting win after win.
Summer signing Timothy Castagne has been one of Leicester City's standout performers this season and the Belgian full-back is on his way to comeback after a hamstring injury. He's marked a doubt ahead of the trip to Merseyside and if Castagne is not fully fit to play from the outset, James Justin should start at right-back while youngster Luke Thomas could play at left-back.
Possible Starting Lineups of Liverpool and Leicester City
Liverpool: Alisson – Neco Williams, Nathaniel Phillips, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson – Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, James Milner – Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Christian Fuchs – Timothy Castagne, Youri Tielemans, Nampalys Mendy, James Justin – James Maddison, Harvey Barnes – Jamie Vardy. (3-4-2-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Despite their extensive injury list, Liverpool are still -104 favorites at their fortress Anfield but if you believe that Brendan Rodgers' Foxes can outwit the defending champions, then you can get odds of +265 on Leicester City to win. Meanwhile, you can get odds of +250 on a draw at BetOnline.
However, considering Jurgen Klopp's selection headache, we bet on Goals as the Reds will have a very difficult challenge to stop Jamie Vardy and an in-form Leicester City side, yet they have the attacking quality to also put Leicester's defense under pressure.