Leicester vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League latest score and goal updates from fixture tonight

Leicester City and Liverpool meet for the second time in the space of six days, as the Foxes play hosts in the Premier League to the team which knocked them out of the League Cup before Christmas. On that occasion a below-strength Reds side came from two goals down to draw 3-3 and progress to the semi-finals on penalties.

Since then, Leicester suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of league leaders Manchester City, while Liverpool’s own Boxing Day plans were curtailed as their game against Leeds was postponed. A present across the festive period for Jurgen Klopp’s team came in the shape of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago and Fabinho all recovering from positive Covid tests, too.

Victory for the Reds will leave them second, three points off the leaders, while Leicester will be hoping to move up a place or two in mid-table with a home win of their own. They’ve won just one of the last four in the league though, and one in six in all competitions, while the visitors have won nine of their last 10 and drawn the other. Follow Leicester vs Liverpool live below after the conclusion of the earlier Premier League matches:

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Here come the teams! Can Liverpool close the gap on Manchester City? Or will Leicester close out 2021 with a victory to turn their season around?

Follow for live updates from the King Power Stadium.

Leicester vs Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Prime Video:

On the bonus of having extra days rest after the Leeds match was postponed: “Massive one, because of course we could train. Five days between the games which for us is really strange. Hopefully we used the time and are well prepared for this game. Thiago was in training for one day and the next he felt something, so we had to leave him at home.”

On Leicester’s form: “If you look at Leicester’s second half against Manchester City, I would have said they are in a really good moment. It was surprising after being 4-0 down that they made such a comeback. You can see tonight it is a strong side. Looks like a diamond again, two strikers, Maddison in really good shape. They caused us some problems in our last game with that formation. Hopefully we have learned from it.”

On the title race and being perfect: “We knew that before, there was no other season when this wasn’t the case, but especially with City around. We are really not in this fight. We are trying to collect our points and there will be a decisive moment in this season. Hopefully then we are in the right place to be decisive then.”

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Amazon Video: “Off the back of a tough game it’s a new challenge. We look to write our own story.

“From a defensive perspective, we have to be really strong. We know we have to suffer against Liverpool. They are a top team and they are full quality. But we showed last week that in transition and in our attacking side of the game we can cause teams problems. You have to not concede silly goals and if you can do that, stay strong, we always know we can score goals.”

On James Maddison: “His consistency is right up there. He’s been a top talent but to be a top player you have to find consistency. He’s been really effective the past few months, scoring goals, but defensively he’s been pressing the ball and that really elevates his attacking game to another level.”

No Tielemans? “It’s just the games… In midfield you need that energy, we only played on Sunday.”

Leicester vs Liverpool

Aside from their recent struggles, is it fair to say that Leicester have the Premier League’s most in-form player right now in James Maddison?

After a slow start to the season, the 25-year-old has come alive in recent weeks and almost inspired a comeback against Manchester City with a sublime individual performance.

Maddison has scored in each of his last three appearances and has four goals in his last five Premier League starts, including three assists.

This isn’t Fantasy Football, however, and Leicester need to turn Maddison’s form into results after winning only one of their last six matches in all competitions.

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Leicester’s set-piece struggles continued in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day as Brendan Rodgers’ side conceded another two goals, as well as a penalty, from dead-ball situations.

According to Opta, no Premier League side has conceded more goals from set-pieces than the Foxes this season having already let in 12, excluding penalties.

Meanwhile, no Premier League team has scored more set-piece goals than tonight’s opponents Liverpool (10).

Leicester vs Liverpool: Team news

Leicester, meanwhile, have faced a much sharper turnaround – their schedule of facing both Manchester City and Liverpool within 48 hours was branded as “ridiculous” by Brendan Rodgers. He makes six changes, with Timothy Castagne and Wilfred Ndidi coming into the back four. Jamie Vardy returns, and Hamza Choudhury
and Boubakary Soumaré are the other replacements. Jannick Vestergaard, Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans, Ademola Lookman and Ayoze Pérez drop out.

Leicester vs Liverpool: Team news

Liverpool make five changes from their last Premier League outing – last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham. It includes an overhaul of their midfield three, with Fabinho returning to join Jordan Henderson and the in-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Kostas Tsimikas starts in place of the suspended Andy Robertson, but the biggest change of all sees Virgil van Dijk return to the centre of defence. Of Liverpool’s starting eleven, four played a part in the League Cup win over Leicester: Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas and Jota.

Leicester vs Liverpool: Confirmed line-ups

Leicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Amartey, Ndidi, Thomas; Dewsbury-Hall, Soumare, Choudhury, Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Jota, Mane

LEI subs: Ward, Daley-Campbell, Nelson, Vestergaard, Albrighton, McAteer, Tielemans, Lookman, Pérez

LIV subs: Kelleher, Konate, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Jones, Beck, Williams

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Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his criticism of the festive scheduling as the Liverpool manager voiced his support for the reintroduction of five substitutes per game to protect player welfare.

Klopp’s Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel has suggested that one way of alleviating the workload on some players would be to go back to allowing two additional changes per match.

It is a rule which came into force at the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year before the league reverted to the traditional three substitutes this term, with 14 clubs needing to vote in favour of a permanent rule change.

While Klopp is in favour of moving back to five substitutes he doubts it would get rubber-stamped by the Premier League as some clubs are resistant to the idea, believing it benefits bigger teams.

“The problem is this intensity for a top-class footballer in England is definitely at the edge,” Klopp said. “A top-class player in England plays 38 games in the Premier League, plus two cup competitions. They have international games with their national teams and Champions League games. The further you go, the more games it is.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp repeats desire for festive schedules to be reviewed

Liverpool are set to face Leicester on Tuesday

Leicester vs Liverpool: Team news

The Foxes still have a big injury list to contend with, including James Justin, Wes Fofana, Patson Daka, Jonny Evans and now Ricardo Pereira, who was injured in the League Cup loss against the Reds. Ryan Bertrand also pulled up in the warm-up at the weekend so must be considered a doubt, as is Caglar Soyuncu. Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi should play after being unused subs against Man City.

Liverpool’s Boxing Day match against Leeds was called off so they have no new injury worries. Nat Phillips, Adrian and Harvey Elliott are their long-term absences, while Divock Origi still appears to be sidelined. Thiago has only just returned to training after Covid and might still miss out here, but Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Curtis Jones are all available after earlier negative tests and subsequent returns. Andrew Robertson is suspended so Kostas Tsimikas will play left-back.

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