Liverpool host Leicester on Wednesday with the opportunity of creating a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
Manchester City’s shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle on Tuesday has opened the door for Jurgen Klopp’s men to take what is starting to be considered a decisive advantage at the summit of the standings with only 14 rounds of matches remaining.
The Reds have coped admirably with the pressure of being out in front but their task at Anfield is not entirely straightforward as Leicester have sprung a shock or two so far this term. Can they do it again on Merseyside?
|Game||Liverpool vs Leicester|
|Date||Wednesday, January 30|
|Time||8pm GMT / 3pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via NBC Sports Gold.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports Gold|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will by shown on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD. It can be streamed on BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara|
|Defenders||Clyne, Van Dijk, Robertson, Moreno, Lovren, Matip|
|Midfielders||Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones|
|Forwards||Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi|
Liverpool will have to do without the suspended James Milner for this clash, while their right-back headaches are increased by the absences of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Virgil van Dijk is set to fight off illness to play though while Georginio Wijnaldum is also included. There is no room in the starting line-up for Fabinho or Dejan Lovren however who take a place on the bench.
Confirmed Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
|Goalkeepers||Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic|
|Defenders||Simpson, Pereira, Morgan, Soyuncu, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Fuchs|
|Midfielders||Iborra, Silva, Mendy, Ndidi, Choudhury, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabate, Gray, Ghezzal, James|
|Forwards||Vardy, Okazaki, Ihenacho|
Having enjoyed a breather during this weekend's FA Cup action, the Foxes return at near full-strength, with Daniel Amartey their only absentee.
Wes Morgan however has to settle for a place on the bench instead of starting at the back alongside Harry Maguire.
Confirmed Leicester starting XI: Schmeichel, Richardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton, Mendy, Ndidi, Gray, Maddison, Vardy.
Betting & Match Odds
Liverpool can be backed to win this game at 1/4 at bet365. Leicester are priced at 11/1, while the draw is 6/1.
Liverpool are closing in on their first Premier League title, 29 years after they previously won the English championship.
Manchester City’s loss against Newcastle on Tuesday means that Jurgen Klopp’s men have a golden opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points, which looks a massive advantage given that they have only dropped nine points in their first 23 outings.
The experience, though, is not one that their manager is entirely enjoying.
“It's not the biggest stress in the world, but it's so intense and so important and all in a short time,” Klopp told the BBC.
“Football is not the most important thing in the world, but at these moments, of course, it feels like that because we have nothing else to do.
“It's not easy to enjoy but I love what I do.”
Leicester stand in the way of the Anfield club and relative comfort, but they are a side who have proven time and again over recent years that they should not be treated lightly.
Of course, the greatest example of this came when they won the title in 2015-16 but under Claude Puel this season they have already succeeded in beating the likes of Everton, Chelsea and, most pertinently, City.
Since that golden run over the festive period, which was marred only by a defeat to Cardiff, the Foxes have found the going harder, beaten surprisingly in the FA Cup by Newport before slumping to Premier League losses against Southampton then, dramatically, Wolves.
Beaten 2-1 by Liverpool when the sides met at the King Power Stadium back in September, this represents perhaps their toughest challenge yet.