Liverpool host table-topping Leicester City at Anfield on Boxing Day having lost two of their last three games, seeing them fall further behind in the race for European football.
Claudio Ranieri’s side have surpassed all expectations and are in the thick of a three-horse title race halfway through the season, having lost just one game.
Their impressive 3-2 win at Everton last time out once again showed that they are serious contenders for at least a top-four finish.
The Foxes are unbeaten on the road this season, winning six and drawing three, and will be confident heading to a Liverpool side which has struggled on their own patch.
The Reds have won just three of their eight matches at Anfield this term as they’ve found it difficult to break teams down and have looked vulnerable when defending set-pieces.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have also not won since their resounding 6-1 win at Southampton in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup, losing away matches to Newcastle and Watford, plus rescuing a late draw at home to West Brom.
Their 3-0 humiliation at Vicarage Road last Sunday leaves the Merseysiders ninth in the league, five adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.
Liverpool’s defence will have to be wary of Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian has scored five times in his last two away matches and six in his previous three outings.
Martin Skrtel has been ruled out for six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury at Watford.
In better news for Klopp, Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Dejan Lovren could all return.
Leading scorer Jamie Vardy is a doubt after limping off near the end of Leicester’s 3-2 triumph at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Jeff Schlupp, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James will definitely miss the trip.
League position: Leicester – 1st (38 pts); Liverpool – 9th (24 pts)
Last meeting: Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City – January 1, 2015
League form: Liverpool – LWWLDL; Leicester City – WWDWWW
Key players: Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho; Leicester City – Riyad Mahrez
Shoot says: Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City