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Liverpool vs Leicester City: Match Preview, Team News, and Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool will be hosting Leicester City on Thursday. This fixture will take place at 1:15 am IST on 23rd December at Anfield. They will face off for a place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. Both teams want to get their hands on silverware and will be battling for it at Anfield later this week.

Liverpool has entered into the quarter-finals after defeating Preston 0-2 away from home. The Reds are flying high this season and are giving tough competition for the title. Hence, they will be the favorites going into this fixture but they should not get carried away as Leicester are capable of hurting big teams.

Liverpool form in all competitions: W W W W D

Leicester City reached the quarter-finals after defeating Brighton in the 4th round. The match drew 2-2 but the Foxes managed to win it 4-2 in penalties. However, they now face tough opposition and a defeat will knock them out of this competition.

Leicester City form in all competitions: W D L L W

Team News

Liverpool vs Leicester City: The Reds team news

Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for coronavirus, joining Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Virgil van Dijk, while Harvey Elliott is out with a major ankle injury. Following his red card against Spurs, Andrew Robertson will serve his suspension, allowing Kostas Tsimikas to take over at left-back.

Jordan Henderson missed the Tottenham game due to a non-COVID-related illness and is a doubt for this match as well. As a result, Tyler Morton and James Milner could potentially return to the starting XI, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be pushing for a recall.

Nat Phillips and Adrian are also out, and Divock Origi is working to return fitness after a knee injury. Klopp may see the game as a good opportunity to give fit-again Roberto Firmino his first start since October, as well as another start for 17-year-old Kaide Gordon. Neco Williams, Joe Gomez, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Takumi Minamino are all the ‘cup’ who could feature for a cup game.

Liverpool possible starting line-up

Caoimhin Kelleher; Neco Williams, Joe Gomez, Ibrahim Konate, Kostas Tsimikas; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tyler Morton, James Milner; Kaie Gordon, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino

Leicester City vs Liverpool: The Foxes team news

Leicester’s injury list could be even longer than Liverpool’s as their previous two matches were postponed in the Premier League. According to reports, Jannik Vestergaard, Ayoze Perez, Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho, Filip Benkovic, Hamza Choudhury, and Vontae Daley-Campbell are among the players who have tested positive, which means they will all miss the midweek match.

Rodgers may be obliged to field a temporary center-back partnership of Daniel Amartey and Wilfred Ndidi against Newcastle due to injuries to both Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans, as well as the continued absence of Wesley Fofana. James Justin is another player who can miss the midweek fixture, leaving Rodgers with as many as 11 players out of the lineup.

Leicester City possible starting line-up

Kasper Schmeichel; Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, Wilfred Ndidi, Ryan Bertrand; Youri Tielemans, Boubakary Soumare; James Maddison, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Harvey Barnes; Patson Daka

Our Predictions

Liverpool 1-0 Leicester City

It is a very hard call because of the absentees both teams have. Moreover, this match could have been postponed but it is set to take place. Leicester are badly affected by the virus and needs a break. However, they face Liverpool in a quarter-final who are favorites to win this fixture. But it will be even hard for Liverpool who themselves will be experiencing several changes due to COVID. Nevertheless, the Reds have better depth in the squad than the Foxes which can be huge advantage going into this fixture.

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