Liverpool take on Leicester City at Anfield on Thursday, looking to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Kasper Schmeichel denied Mohamed Salah's penalty when Leicester City earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium earlier in the season (28 December 2021).
The Foxes are looking to complete a league double over Liverpool for the first time since 1998/99, when Martin O'Neill's Leicester City first claimed a 1-0 win at the old Filbert Street, followed up by a dramatic 1-0 win at Anfield a few months later.
Brendan Rodgers on his behalf will be looking to become only the second former Liverpool boss in history to complete a Premier League double over them after leaving the Merseyside outfit, after legendary Kenny Dalglish in 1993-94 during his spell at Blackburn Rovers.
All in all, Leicester City are bidding to claim their first victory at Anfield since 3 May 2000, when Tony Cottee and Phil Gilchrist secured a 2-0 win for the Foxes.
Liverpool Betting Preview
The Reds had a comfortable 3-1 win over Championship side Cardiff City on Sunday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for only the second time in seven seasons.
Liverpool are now on a four-game winning streak across three different competitions and this comes at a moment when they were left without several African aces, plus a considerable amount of injured players.
The 1-0 defeat at Leicester City remains Liverpool's only loss since the squad gathered following the November international break and the Reds remain competitive on four fronts.
They will return to Champions League action with a trip to Italian champions Inter Milan next week, and will also face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on February 27th. However, Jurgen Klopp's men must first focus on the Premier League title race as Manchester City's lead could be up to 12 points by Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp should have both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah back from the Africa Cup of Nations by tomorrow and at least one of them should start this game, with Salah already resuming training on Tuesday.
Sadio Mane will not feature as the Senegalese forward has been in his homeland to celebrate the Africa Cup of nations triumph and is expected to fly back to Merseyside on Wednesday night, but Thursday's clash against Leicester City will come too soon for him as a result.
While the African champion isn't available for selection, Klopp also confirmed skipper Jordan Henderson is a doubt because of a back injury, so Curtis Jones may well keep his spot in the middle. Elsewhere, Naby Keita and veteran James Milner are in contention to start if the Liverpool boss is cautious with the reintroduction of Thiago and Elliott, as well as with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is back from self-isolation.
Harvey Elliott enjoyed his first appearance since he suffered a serious ankle injury last September and marked his return with a brilliant goal in front of the famous Kop. The Liverpool starlet will hope to get his first start since, while fellow midfielder Thiago Alcantara also returned to action later in the last game and now shares a similar goal – looking for his first League start since mid-December.
Luis Díaz made his Liverpool debut against Cardiff City but considering Klopp's approach over the years, it's more likely to assume that his integration would rather be a gradual process and the Colombian must fight hard for his place.
Diogo Jota opened the scoring against Cardiff – his 15th goal of the season. However, the Portuguese forward failed to score in four consecutive Premier League matches and will be eager to add to his tally.
Leicester City Betting Preview
Leicester City find themselves 10th in the Premier League table – 14 points off the Champions League spots (though they still have some games in hand) – and recently dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.
Approaching his third anniversary as Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers realizes his job is now under scrutiny, though he believes that he has the full support of the board.
Leicester City suffered a catastrophic 4-1 defeat at the once glorious Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fourth-round last weekend. It was another famous scalp for Forest, who have already eliminated Arsenal, but this isn't an excuse for Leicester's woeful performance.
Belgian playmaker Youri Tielemans was another player who underperformed at the weekend and will need to drastically change his attitude against Liverpool, if he starts at all. Rodgers already revealed that changes will be made.
The Foxes stunned Liverpool after Christmas but they had a fit and firing Jamie Vardy then. Without their ace, and with the way the Foxes are defending right now, it's difficult to expect a repeat of that outcome.
Daniel Amartey, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were all back from the Africa Cup of Nations and all of them started at the weekend, while Senegal's Nampalys Mendy is expected to sit this one out after his involvement in Sunday's showdown.
Ricardo Pereira was introduced midway through the second half against Forest in his return from a broken leg, and it remains to be seen whether the Portuguese right-back will start against Liverpool, or Rodgers will be cautious with him.
Ademola Lookman, who scored the winner in December's victory against Liverpool, failed to impress in his last three appearances and may have to settle for a place on the bench on Thursday night.
Veteran Jonny Evans and fellow defender Wesley Fofana are still unavailable for the Foxes, while Timothy Castagne, Ryan Bertrand and top goalscorer Jamie Vardy join them on the sidelines.
Kasper Schmeichel should return in goal as Danny Ward started in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest. The Dane made a number of crucial saves against Liverpool last time out, including Salah's penalty.
With just two goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season, Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho failed to carry his fine form into the new season. Even though he started the new campaign with a bang as he scored the winning penalty for a 1-0 win against his former club Manchester City in the Community Shield game, Iheanacho has been out of favor for most of the time, especially when Jamie Vardy is fit.
Patson Daka should lead the line for Leicester City as the Zambian forward scored in each of his last three Premier League games. Daka has been directly involved in seven goals in just nine Premier League appearances so far (four goals and three assists).
Of course, we can also see a 4-3-1-2 system from Rodgers (the same formation that won the reverse game), with James Maddison playing in a more advanced role behind the strikers. Thus, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who was involved in the build up of Lookman's winner against Liverpool, could benefit from a tactical switch.
Summer signing Jannik Vestergaard is still struggling to establish himself as a first-team player but the poor defensive performance at the weekend could force Brendan Rodgers to rotate his defensive setup.
James Justin had to endure a long recovery period following a cruciate ligament rupture and will be looking to get another start under his belt.
Possible Starting Lineups of Liverpool and Leicester City
Liverpool: Alisson – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson – Thiago Alcântara, Fabinho, Curtis Jones – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota. (4-3-3)
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Ricardo Pereira, Jannik Vestergaard, Çağlar Söyüncü, James Justin – Wilfred Ndidi, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Boubakary Soumare – James Maddison – Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho. (4-3-1-2)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Jurgen Klopp's side are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home matches (10-4-0) and have won five on the bounce, their best home winning run since an eight-game streak between July and December 2020.
The Reds wasted some great opportunities against Leicester City in their last meeting and another wasteful performance could cause even more damage to their title ambitions.
Winless in three games in all competitions, The Foxes suffered another disappointing result on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers' men were abject against Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon, and the last thing they probably need right now is a trip to Anfield.
Leicester City have shipped at least three goals in each of their last four away games in all competitions. Not the record you want heading to Anfield, but we shouldn't forget that The Foxes have kept a clean sheet against Liverpool just a little more than 48 hours after they conceded six goals from Manchester City.
Furthermore, Brendan Rodgers' men are on a five-game losing streak away from the King Power Stadium (including the penalty shootout loss at Anfield in the Carabao Cup) and are now winless in seven away games (0-5-2) – since a 2-1 win at Brentford on October 24th.
It's hard to be positive about Leicester City at the moment. They have lost any level of consistency over the last few months, with three postponed games between New Year's Day and mid-January, also winning just one of their last four Premier League matches – the home victory over Liverpool.