Good Day fellow Reds!!! Finally, after what seemed to take forever, the Reds are back in action on Sunday when they welcome Leicester City to Fortress Anfield. Liverpool come into Sunday’s match with a tally of 17 points, which has them in third place in the table based on goal differential. Leicester are one point ahead, which sees them on top of the table. Thanks for keeping our perch warm
When Chris Kavanagh blows his whistle, the weather should be right around 50F. Winds will be blowing between 10-15 mph, and there is a 20% chance of rain. Andre Marriner replaces David Coote as the VAR official (thank God, Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, Yaweh, L. Ron Hubbard, Robbie Fowler, Ra, Zeus, Zuul, and every other deity of any religion not mentioned). In another Thanksgiving miracle, the game can be seen on NBCSN, an actual TV station, at 2:15pm.
For Liverpool, the available players might be easier to list than those who are injured. But hey, let’s give it a shot. Those who we know for sure won’t play: Virgil Van Dijk (knee), Joe Gomez (Knee), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Calf), Alex Oxlade–Chamberlain (knee), Jordan Henderson (Leg), and Mo Salah (Covid). That lineup right there cold challenge for the league. Fabhino and Thiago are in a “race” to get back to fitness according to Jurgen Klopp. Rhys Williams status is also up in the air after suffering a hip injury for the England U-21 squad.
Brendan Rogers’ squad is in considerably better shape with the injuries for them being, Wesley Forfana (knee), Timothy Castagne (Hamstring), Ricardo Pereira could make his return after being out for eight months, and Kasper Schmeichel should be ok to yell and scream at his team after suffering a mild head injury while on international duty.
LFC have taken eight from a possible 15 points. Their previous five league match results are as follows:
D (1-1 MCI) – W (2-1 WHU) – W (2-1 SHU) -D (2-2 David Coote) – L (2-7 AVFC)
Leicester City better us by the one point seperating them from the rest of the league taking nine from a possible 15 points in their past five matches. Their previous five league match results are as follows:
W (1-0 WOL) – W (4-1 LEE) – W (1-0 ARS) – L (0-1 AVFC) – L (0-3 WHU)
Lineup and Predictions
This is the part of the column where I hang up pictures of the team, throw darts at them blindfolded and make my predictions…But lets give it the old college try. Andrew Robertson in at Left Back. Joel Matip and Nat Phillips team up as the CB pairing. I would say James Milner gets the nod at RB, but seeing how he’ll need to be in the midfield, look for Neco Williams getting the start here, but Milly providing cover on the right side of the midfield. Gini Wijnaldum, the afore mentioned Milly, and I guess Naby Keita start in the middle three. If not Naby, Curtis Jones will start. The front three will be Sadio Mane, Bobby Firmino, and Diogo Jota.
The possible lineup for the Foxes:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Castagne, Mendy, Tielemans, Justin; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes.
I think the Reds still have enough firepower up front to ward off Leicester. They will win 2-1 with the MOTM being Sadio Mane.