Liverpool aim to take another step toward the title


Liverpool will look to take another step toward the Premier League title when they host Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday, 30 January 2019, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.

Liverpool kept up their four-point lead at the top of the table with a fraught 4-3 home win over Crystal Palace on January 19, as Mohamed Salah (two), Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane shared the goals between them.

While the result will have pleased manager Jurgen Klopp, the poor defending of his team will be a major concern. The German tactician will look for an immediate return to the solidity that characterised their defensive play in the first half of the season, though injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, as well as suspension for James Milner, leaves them light on options for the right-back position.

This midweek clash will also be a psychological test for the Reds, as they play a day later than nearest chasers Manchester City and will likely have seen their lead slashed to one point (with the Citizens clear favourites to beat Newcastle United on Tuesday).

As for Leicester City, four defeats from their last five matches across all competitions leaves manager Claude Puel under major pressure. They were also involved in a 4-3 thriller on January 19, but ended on the wrong side of the score line in their match away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Yet the Foxes have shown a propensity for upsetting the league’s big boys – they can look to their back-to-back wins over Manchester City and Chelsea in December for inspiration as they head to Anfield to face the title-chasing hosts.

In head-to-head stats, Liverpool and Leicester have met in 25 Premier League matches. The Reds have claimed 13 wins compared to seven for the Foxes, while five games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting was a Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium in September 2018, with Liverpool claiming a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Rachid Ghezzal netted Leicester’s consolation strike.

Liverpool v Leicester City – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 25

Liverpool wins 13

Leicester wins 7

Draws 5

Last five results (League only, most recent first)

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