Wednesday at 8 pm, Leicester City make their way to the fortress which is Anfield to take on the eighteen time champions of England! With Manchester City playing on Tuesday night, Liverpool will know exactly what needs to be done to either keep pace or lengthen their lead on Pep’s squad. Leicester sits currently thirteen points out of an European finish, and are twelve points clear of relegation. Add to the fact that they are out of both cup competitions, and it seems likely that they will be content to just finish out the season in a very pedestrian like manner. The weather at kickoff looks like a very cool 34 degrees, with not much precipitation in the atmosphere.
All is quiet on the injury front for Leicester. The only blip on the radar for them was Harry Maguire. However, with no football for them over the weekend, he looks to have fully recovered, and is likely to feature.
Liverpool on the other hand is a different story. News broke over the weekend that standout defender Virgil Van Dijk missed Friday’s training session with an illness. Jurgen Klopp will evaluate Virgil at Tuesday’s practice and make a decision on his status for Wednesday. Along the same front, Fabinho also picked up a bug on the warm weather training trip, but all signs point to him being ready. Also, the knock to his hamstring he picked up against Palace seems a non-factor. Trent is coming along nicely and may make the team sheet. What a welcomed addition he would be, especially since Milly is out due to suspension. Gini was a participant in Friday night’s training at Melwood, and based on his knee’s response, he should be able to have a run at it.
More longer term injuries are looking at Joe Gomez suffering a minor setback on his way back to the pitch. He still looks a few weeks off. Perhaps the best news coming out of Dubai was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He was seen in videos taking part in some ball drills with the lads. Here’s hoping that he can come back sooner, and not later.
Liverpool’s previous five league matches. W(4-3 CPFC). W(1-0 BHA). L(1-2 City). W(5-1 ARS). W(4-0 Newcastle).
Leicester City’s previous five league matches. L(3-4 Wolves). L(1-2 SOT). W(1-0 EVE). L(0-1 Cardiff). W(1-0 Chels).
Lineup and Score Prediction
In Goal, “The Great Wall of Brazil” Alisson. In front of him I see “The Scottish Nightmare” Andy Roberston. “The I Only Assist from shots 30 yards Out” VDD. “I Told You I Didn’t Lie” Dejan Lovern. And at RB “My WIfe has the Best IG Account at the Club” Fabinho.
For the midfield it is going to be “Don’t Forget About Me” Adam Lallana. “I Almost Forgot its Ok to Pass the Ball Forward” Jordan Henderson. “MY Free Kicks Don’t Lie” Xherdan Shaqiri rounds out the middle three.
Up front as always…”Mr. One Outta Five” Sadio Mane. “The 1,000th Goal Scorer” Bobby Firmino. And “The Two Season Wonder” Mo Salah.
The Reds will march on on on with a comfortable victory. 3-0. Robbo MOTM