Leicester City, whose fairytale season shows no sign of letting up as they enter February still sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League; welcome a Liverpool side to the King Power Stadium tonight who are still seeking consistency under manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Foxes cruised past Stoke City (3-0) in their last Premier League outing to extend their unbeaten run to five games; in fact, they haven’t lost in the league since facing Liverpool in the reverse fixture at Anfield back on Boxing Day.
Leicester have lost fewer games than any other team and are the second highest scorers (42) behind Manchester City (45); so if their tilt for the title or the top four ends up coming down to goal difference, Claudio Ranieri’s side remain in with a chance.
Only Arsenal have come away from the King Power Stadium victorious this season, with Leicester picking up 22 points from an available 33 on home turf. However, the Foxes haven’t beaten Liverpool since 2001, when goals from Ade Akinbiyi and Muzzy Izzet secured a 2-0 win.
Liverpool were involved in arguably the match of the season last time out in the Premier League, as Adam Lallana’s last-gasp winner sealed a remarkable 5-4 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
However the Reds, who were brought back down to earth after Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham United in the FA Cup, currently sit three points off the last European spot, which is currently occupied by their rivals Manchester United.
Klopp’s men also reached the final of the Capital One Cup last week after their spot-kick success against Stoke maintained their strong cup record this season. But the league is the bread and butter and Reds fans will be expecting a late surge towards the top five if the German boss’ debut campaign is to be called a ‘success’.
Jeffrey Schlupp (Hamstring) is doubtful for Leicester; who is the host’s only injury worry, meaning manager Ranieri has an otherwise fully fit squad to pick from.
Liverpool; on the other hand, have the most injuries in the Premier League. Strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, centre-half Martin Skrtel and midfielder Philippe Coutinho are all sidelined, whilst captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt.
League Positions: Leicester – 1st (47 pts); Liverpool – 7th (34 pts)
Previous Meeting: Liverpool 1-0 Leicester – December 26, 2015
League Form: Leicester – LDDWDW; Liverpool – WWLDLW
Key Players: Leicester – Jamie Vardy; Liverpool – Roberto Firmino
Shoot Says: Leicester 1-0 Liverpool