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Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs Leicester

15:07 GMT 24/02/2017
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at King Power Stadium on Monday night

A refreshed Liverpool will look to compound Leicester City's woes as Jurgen Klopp's men return to action following a 16-day break. 

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The Reds asserted their dominance in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham last time out; a fixture which saw them back to their intense, rapid best. 

It marked their first Premier League win of 2017 following a nightmarish start to the year, but having reinforced their methodology during a warm-weather camp in La Manga, Liverpool are determined to end the campaign strongly. 

Reigning champions Leicester, facing the inexplicable danger of relegation, sacked Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night in search of an upshot after five top-flight defeats on the spin and will hope the turnaround starts at King Power Stadium.


Daniel Sturridge was sent back to Merseyside from Spain as he struggled with a virus, and the England striker is due to return to training for the first time on Friday afternoon.

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Dejan Lovren consulted a specialist over his knee injury and, having done some running, should join the full team sessions on Saturday.  

Klopp explained: “The knee is fine, but the pain was there. They sorted these things around [it] and I spoke to him five minutes ago and he [told me] he felt really well when he was running outside and so now he should be able to train tomorrow.

“He will be very, very close - tight - for the Leicester game, but having him back in training is of course good for us.”

Gini Wijnaldum has a minor calf issue, but is expected to be in contention for Monday's test.

“He has had some little problems in training this week, he got a real knock on his calf but it should be no problem,” said the German.

“Yesterday he could run and today he could train, so that’s important.”

Marko Grujic has shaken off a hamstring tendon problem to resume working with the group.


Neither side have any suspension concerns.

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With only Lovren a real doubt for the encounter, Klopp should be able to field the same 11 that scorched Spurs. 

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Lucas should continue alongside Joel Matip should the Croatian not be fit enough to start, while Ragnar Klavan can also deputise. 


The golden carriage has turned back into a pumpkin and the horses have morphed into mice again - the fairytale may be an eternal memory for Leicester, but it currently couldn’t feel more distant. 

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Without a league goal yet this year and with the prospect of being in the bottom three by kick off, Ranieri has paid the price, but it’s the players who need to prove themselves.

Led by assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and first-team coach Mike Stowell, Klopp doesn’t anticipate a drastic tactical difference from the Foxes on Monday.

"[First] game without Ranieri, I don’t think they will change it, I am not sure,” he said.

“Probably the two assistants will [take charge], so that's not a change, it's only a little different situation. 

"Of course, probably the players have to show a few things and they want to - and our job is to not let them, that's difficult enough. 

“Things I can’t have influence on, I cannot really think about. If we play our best, we will be difficult to play against whoever, and that's the thing we think about."


  • Liverpool have won more away games against reigning Premier League champions than any other side (8).

  • Leicester could become the first reigning top-flight champion to lose 15 league games within a season since Leeds United in 1992/93.

  • The Foxes’ last three Premier League goals against Liverpool have all been scored by Jamie Vardy. He’s the only Leicester player to score against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.


Kick off is at 8pm and the match will be televised live on Sky Sports.