Liverpool are set to take on Leicester City in what will be a massive premier league game on Boxing day football, Thursday, 26th December 2019 at Anfield. Having won the FIFA Club World Cup Liverpool will go into the game as favourites but this Leicester City side are anything but pushovers and we might have a good game at our hands.
Liverpool vs Leicester City Preview: Jurgen Klopp has been very vocal about bad impact of festive period football on players and the quality of competition in general. He even called 2 matches in 3 days as criminal to say the least. Liverpool are not the only side who have player Club World cup and premier league football in december, Manchester United have done many times over the years and they never complaint and that goes to show the mentality of the clubs. Liverpool have appealed to English FA to let them wear their Club World Cup winners badge on premier league kit but at the same time they would not like to play any festive period football, talk about hypocrisy. Liverpool are playing well but they never had the mentality of an elite club (like Manchester United, Madrid or Barcelona) and it seems they are 1 or 2 defeats away from a meltdown.
Leicester City are playing absolute brilliant football at the moment and with Jamie Vardy leading the line they have an out and out goal scorer who will be threat to any defense in premier league. This sets up this fixture nicely with former Liverpool manager Brandon Rodgers returning to Anfield as opponent.
Team News and Lineups: Liverpool are likely to start with their strong lineup with Salah, Firmino and Mane starting upfront while we might see some changes in midfield where Henderson, Keita and Wijnaldum are expected to start. Leicester City on the other hand might go with unchanged lineup and former Liverpool manager Brandon Rodgers have vowed to finally cut Liverpool’s unbeaten streak.
Leicester City are a decent side away from home having won 5 of their 9 away games but playing against Liverpool this season at Anfield will be tough as they seem to get every ounce of luck be it via a late deflected goal or through controversial VAR call. Leicester City would need to play on top of their game and hope they get some sort of Liverpool luck if they were to take anything away from this game.