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

07:00 BST 01/09/2018
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Jurgen Klopp's Reds are hoping to make it four wins from four as they travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday

Can Liverpool continue their perfect start to the Premier League season?

Having won their opening three games, the Reds travel to the King Power Stadium this weekend looking to make it four from four. 

Not since the 1990-91 campaign have Liverpool taken 12 points from 12. At Leicester, Jurgen Klopp's men will be looking to sign off in style ahead of the first international break of the season.

They won there last season, triumphing 3-2 in a madcap game, though they were also eliminated from the Carabao Cup on the same ground.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's meeting...

Liverpool injuries

Liverpool are still without Dejan Lovren, who is working his way back to fitness after an abdominal injury. The Croatian is expected to return to team training during the international break.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are long-term absentees.

Liverpool suspensions

Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. 

Likely Liverpool starting line-up

Klopp has named an unchanged side in each of Liverpool's three games so far this season, but hinted last weekend that he may need to consider changes, with players feeling "the intensity" of the opening weeks.

So what are his options? He has plenty in midfield, where none of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana or new signing Fabinho have started a game yet. Of those three, Henderson would be the logical choice, perhaps replacing James Milner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was taken off last week with Klopp stating that the 19-year-old was fading physically. He could use Joe Gomez, or even Nathaniel Clyne at right-back, with Joel Matip an option to play at centre-half. Most likely, though, is an unchanged back four and front three.

Leicester team news

The Foxes have their own problems, with the most significant being the absence of Jamie Vardy, who is serving the last of a three-game suspension. Given Vardy has scored in each of his last five meetings with Liverpool, that will come as a relief to Klopp and his side.

New signing Caglar Soyuncu is likely to miss out as he builds up match fitness, while midfielder Matty James is out with an Achilles injury.

TV channel & kick-off time

The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, kick off 12.30pm BST.

In the United States  the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick off 7.30pm ET.

Best Opta match facts

  • Leicester have won three of their last four home meetings with Liverpool in all competitions, though they did lose this exact fixture 3-2 last season.

  • Liverpool have won eight of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Leicester (D2 L2), though they have lost this fixture in two of the last three seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17).

  • Leicester have lost their last 10 Premier League matches against sides starting the day top of the table, scoring just four goals while conceding 25 in those matches.

  • Liverpool have won their last four Premier League games without conceding a goal – they last had a longer winning run without conceding in December 2005, a run of eight under Rafael Benitez.

  • Liverpool are looking to win their opening four games of a Premier League season for the first time. They last opened a top-flight campaign with four wins back in 1990-91 under Kenny Dalglish.

  • Liverpool have kept three clean sheets in their opening three Premier League games in 2018-19 – the only previous occasion they haven’t conceded in any of their first four league games in a season was back in 2005-06.

  • Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson could become the fourth goalkeeper in Premier League history to keep a clean sheet in his first four starts, after Alex Manninger (first six), Anders Lindegaard (first five) and Jose Reina (first four).

  • Since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2014-15, Jamie Vardy has scored 43% of Leicester’s league goals against ‘big six’ opposition (27 of 63 goals) – however, he is suspended and will miss this match.

  • 50% of the six 90th minute goals scored in the 2018-19 Premier League season have been scored by Leicester (2) or Liverpool (1), while these sides are responsible for 12 of the 37 goals scored in the final minute in 2018 (Leicester with eight, Liverpool with four).

  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool haven’t won any of the eight Premier League matches when Mo Salah has started but failed to register a goal or assist (D4 L4).