23 Sep, 07:30
Leicester City and Liverpool will meet for the second time this week on Saturday when the Reds return to the King Power Stadium.
These two clubs were drawn together in the third round of the Carabao Cup, with Leicester running out 2-0 winners as Liverpool's defensive problems continued to haunt them against a tricky Foxes side. Jurgen Klopp will be extra cautious not to suffer another setback as he is well aware of the task at hand, and that task needs to be done without the suspended Sadio Mane.
While Mane will serve the final game of his three-match domestic ban after his red card at the Etihad Stadium. Philippe Coutinho will return to the starting XI as the Brazilian is approaching full fitness as his reintegration into the team after failing to force through a move Barcelona continues apace, and the coach is set to continue putting his trust in goalie Simon Mignolet.
Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also been handed another chance in the the central midfield despite failing to impress in Liverpool 2-0 loss on their last trip to the King Power Stadium.
The 2015-16 champions may have taken just four points from their opening five games,but they look set to turn around their fortunes should they manage to beat the struggling Red’s again.
However, Shakespeare's men will be hoping that talismanic striker Jamie Vardy will shake off a minor groin problem that forced him off in the latter stages of last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield so that he can lead the charge.The England striker has also developed a real taste for hitting the back of the net against Liverpool, helping himself to five goals in their last three meetings.
Mane ( suspended)
Joel Matip (doubtful).
Adam Lallana (injured)
Nathaniel Clyne (injured)
Adam Bogdan (injured)
Matty James ( injured)
Leonardo Ulloa ( injured)
Head to head
Leicester City have won just two of their last ten Premier League clashes with Liverpool (D2 L6).
Liverpool have won 132 points in 73 Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp since he took charge, fewer than Brendan Rodgers won after his first 73 league games with the club (141 points).
Klopp has won an average of 1.81 points per game in the Premier League against clubs outside the ‘big six’; only marginally better than he has averaged in matches against the ‘big six’ (1.80).
Liverpool have attempted a league-high 40 shots on target in their five games so far this season in the Premier League, more than double the tally Leicester have posted (14).
Since the start of 2016-17, Liverpool have won more points from losing positions in Premier League matches than any other side (20).
Liverpool defence is nowhere near good enough especially now with Lovren and Matip are doubtful but Jurgen Klopp will not allow his side to drop points especially with Manchester clubs getting away from them.They were unlucky at the King Power Stadium in the Carabao Cup as they produced a dominant first half but ended up losing the game. It will be hard for the Reds to keep a clean sheet but they could bag all the three points in a revenge mission though a draw also looks possible.