Our live match stream is up and running ahead of Sunday evening’s Premier League fixture Liverpool v Leicester, kicking off at 7:15pm BST.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, the lineups, predictions and much more.
In each side’s previous game, Liverpool failed to move top of the Premier League table but maintained five-point gap over Man City; Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead from the spot, but Gabriel Jesus equalised; Kevin De Bruyne then missed a first-half penalty after Joe Gomez was penalised for handball. 1-1 the final score.
It was a better result for Leicester last time out, coming away with all three points against Wolves. Jamie Vardy net his eighth goal of season with a penalty before missing another to give his side’s sixth consecutive win in all competitions.
Klopp on Gomez: “Tough one but the surgery was a success. He is now recovering and then starting rehab. He is with his family and in the best possible place. Rehab has started. We help as much as we can. After surgery you feel alone but he feels as good as possible.”
Klopp: “We will see. No Hendo or Trent [for Sunday]. All the rest we will see. Rest in a good way, Ox in a good way. All getting closer but we will see.”
Klopp on Leicester: “They showed it last year how good they can be. Changed styles slightly. Dealt really well with injuries. Good example how to deal with injury crisis. A clear way of how they want to play. They are contenders for everything.”
Klopp on what makes Vardy difficult to stop: His speed! It’s incredible how he uses that. He is a massive threat. He gambles in a good way with the last line. His technical level is really good as well. Jamie is a proper, proper player. It’s always a challenge to defend him.
Klopp on being a leader: “Biggest skill needed? Listening. I don’t know anyone who makes decisions without listening. People across the world are making decisions without listening, especially politicians.”
Brendan Rodgers on injuries: “Ricardo’s in training with the group and he’ll most probably play in a reserve game next week. Wilf is out on the field but still has a number of weeks to go. Soyuncu likewise. Castagne is back in again which is great news, and Wesley Fofana is fine.”
Ever a good time to play Liverpool? “Not really. They’ve got top class players. We’ve seen it ourselves with our injuries that the players have come in and done really well and that will be the same for them. It will be a really tough game.”
On the title race: “I haven’t even thought about it. We’ve only played eight games. We want to keep the humility we have in the group and prepare as best as we can for every game.”
Rodgers’ Liverpool ties have affect on players? “It doesn’t mean anything for the players. Liverpool is an incredible club, they’ve been Premier League champions and European champions. They’re a top-level team. We know we have to be at our best to get a result.”
Tactical battle? “It’s an extremely difficult one. Even with players missing it’s still a squad of world-class players. You’re going to have to be aggressive when you’re defending and clinical in attack. You want to play the best and they have clearly been that.”
Away record? “In any game away from home, you’ve got to defend well, you’ve got to be strong. You’ve got to be efficient with the ball. That’s been pleasing, that we’re developing different ways to win. At Man City we had 28 per cent possession, but it was all dangerous possession. If you look at Villa against Liverpool, they have 30 per cent possession. Be dangerous and be a threat when you have it. You then have to be organised and have a bit of a luck.”
Liverpool Premier League form: WLDWWD
Liverpool form (all competitions): WWWWWD
Leicester City Premier League form: WLLWWW
Leicester City form (all competitions): WWWWWW
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; N Williams, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum, Keita; Jota, Firmino, Mane
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Castagne, Mendy, Tielemans, Justin; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes
He said: Liverpool are short of fit centre-halves and they also need to find a way of dealing with Jamie Vardy’s pace.
It may well be that they use Fabinho alongside Joel Matip at the back, if the Brazilian midfielder is fit after his hamstring injury, or ask Jordan Henderson to drop back into defence if Fabinho is not ready yet.
Nat Phillips is a natural centre-half of course, but his real strength is heading and Leicester never really load the box and send in a lot of crosses.
Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is out too and whether it is Neco Williams or James Milner who replaces him on Sunday, it will be as part of a back four that have never played a competitive game together as a unit before.
Vardy is probably scenting blood. They will do very well to keep him quiet.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
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