Liverpool vs Leicester LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight




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Luis Diaz makes his full Liverpool debut tonight

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Liverpool and Leicester City return to Premier League action on Thursday night after very different results in their weekend FA Cup exploits. The Reds eased through to the fifth round with a comfortable win over Championship side Cardiff City, while the Foxes were knocked out by second-tier side Nottingham Forest in humiliating fashion, bringing their defense of the trophy to an end.

Mohamed Salah starts on the bench for Liverpool after his Egypt side were beaten on penalties in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, with new signing Luis Diaz making his full Premier League debut. A win for the Reds will take them to within nine points of leaders Man City, with two games in hand. As for Leicester, Brendan Rodgers read his players the riot act after their defeat to Forest and hinted at a squad overhaul this summer if several don’t improve their consistency levels.

A win for Leicester would put them back into the top half of the table after they sunk to 12th with the week’s earlier fixtures, but even a league double over Rodgers’ former club will not mask the fact it has been a disappointing campaign for the team who finished fifth last year. Follow all the team news and action as Liverpool host Leicester below:

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Liverpool v Leicester

Against no side has Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lost more Premier League games than he has against Leicester – four, level with Manchester City.

The Foxes are looking to become the first team since Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich (vs Borussia Dortmund in 2014/15) to beat Klopp side twice in a league season.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:28

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Liverpool vs Leicester: Mohamed Salah can benefit from Afcon heartbreak, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims

However, the Reds boss does not believe it is possible for the 29-year-old, who has scored 148 goals in 229 appearances for the club with whom he has won the Champions League and Premier League, to have a greater determination to succeed.

Salah’s side lost to club-mate Sadio Mane’s Senegal on penalties in Sunday’s final, with the current Premier League top-scorer not even getting the chance to take a spot-kick.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:23

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Liverpool v Leicester

Following a 1-0 win earlier this season, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to become only the second former Liverpool manager in history to complete a league double over the Reds after leaving the club. Kenny Dalglish did so in 1992/93 with Blackburn.

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Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:19

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Liverpool vs Leicester: Soyuncu on facing Liverpool

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu spoke about the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend but is feeling positive about coming to Anfield and getting a good result against Liverpool. He said:


It’s a new game. It’s a new goal for us and we will see it as that. We will leave our defeat behind and concentrate on the best possible way and we aim to win. The atmosphere was amazing [in the last game vs. Liverpool] but it is also in the past.

“As we try to forget bad experiences, we try to leave the good ones behind as well, so that we can concentrate on the future. We want to achieve in this new game and have the best possible result on Thursday. We would like to get the best result so it can have a positive impact on future games.”

Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:15

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Liverpool v Leicester

Leicester are looking to complete the league double over Liverpool for the first time since the 1998-99 season under Martin O’Neill, with their win at Anfield that season coming thanks to a later winner from Ian Marshall.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:10

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Liverpool v Leicester

Liverpool have lost their last two Premier League games against Leicester, last losing three top-flight matches in a row to the Foxes back in November 1963.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:07

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Liverpool vs Leicester: Brendan Rodgers needs big response at former club Liverpool as his Leicester progress unravels at pace

Brendan Rodgers is 16 days away from marking the third anniversary of his appointment as Leicester City manager. There is no sense of celebration in the air around King Power stadium, though.

The team have five games to play in the next two weeks. They are, as the Northern Irishman might say, not in a good moment. Neither is Rodgers.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 19:02

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Liverpool vs Leicester: Rodgers on ‘reinvigorating’ Leicester’s squad

Brendan Rodgers has done a great job at Leicester City with two fifth place finishes in the last two Premier League seasons but his team has struggled to find consistency this campaign following a lot of injuries and the stop-start nature of Covid affected games.

Rodgers is looking ahead though and says that the squad needs to be ‘reinvigorated’ this summer if the Foxes want to build on their successes. Rodgers said:


We have been aggressive and hard to play against. And we have tried to embrace the challenge and play with identity.

“But this year has been tough and we need to reinvigorate the squad. Even when you are succeeding, success can bring a comfort.

“We are not one of the top squads who can take one out and bring someone else in. The summer is an important time for us.”

Michael Jones10 February 2022 18:58

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Liverpool vs Leicester: 150 up for Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold makes his 150th Premier League appearance for Liverpool tonight. The right-back has had a very good year for the Reds with two goals and 10 assists already in the league.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 18:55

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Liverpool vs Leicester: Team changes

Jurgen Klopp makes six changes to the Liverpool side that beat Cardiff in the FA Cup on Sunday. Mo Salah is back in the squad after Africa Cup of Nations duty but starts on the bench.

Alisson, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho and Thiago all come in, with January signing Luis Diaz given a first start. Caoimhin Kelleher, Ibrahima Konate, Kostas Tsimikas, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino make way.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers makes five changes to the side that lost 4-1 to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Kasper Schmeichel, Boubakary Soumare, Marc Albrighton, Dewsbury-Hall and Patson Daka all start with Danny Ward, Caglar Soyuncu, Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho dropping out.

Jamie Vardy is not in the squad.

Michael Jones10 February 2022 18:51


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