Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Leicester FC.
Venue: Anfield – Saturday, December 26 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Leicester 14/5
The Reds have hit a poor run of form at the worst part of the season, with injuries also depleting Jurgen Klopp of options.
Liverpool’s 3-0 drubbing at Watford last time out saw them fall down to 9th in the table, five points off the top four, and so a response is needed.
The home crowd will be hoping for three points but know that Leicester are not to be taken lightly at all, especially as they sit 14 points ahead of the Reds after 17 games.
Claudio Ranieri’s team have been nothing short of subliminal. They top the table at Christmas and have only lost one game all season.
They come into Boxing Day unbeaten in ten league games and their 3-2 win at Everton made it three victories on the spin.
A fourth on the bounce at Anfield would be another remarkable achievement and is one that would hardly be a surprise given the differences in form.
Leicester haven’t beaten Liverpool in any of their last six Premier League meetings, though, and a win at Anfield here would be their first since 2000.
Liverpool will still be without seven players through injury as Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan remain sidelined. Simon Mignolet is a doubt but will replace Adam Bogdan in goal if fit enough.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has received a boost ahead of the trip to Anfield as Robert Huth will return to the side after serving his suspension. Jeffrey Schlupp, Matthew James and Danny Drinkwater are still out, while Jamie Vardy is a doubt with a hamstring problem but should start.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/L/D/L
Leicester’s last five: W/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Leicester have scored three goals in each of their last four away games in the Premier League.
Key Player: Riyad Mahrez – The Algerian playmaker has arguably been the most impressive player in the Premier League this season. He has scored 13 goals and has picked up 7 assists in 16 appearances for Leicester and looks unstoppable.
Liverpool 1-2 Leicester – It’s tough to see Leicester losing a game at the moment. They are in sensational form and keep producing quality when expected to falter. Liverpool are in poor form and a mounting injury list won’t help their cause in this Boxing Day cracker.