Liverpool Vs Leicester Analysis Essay

Liverpool keep on coming

Harry Maguire will wonder how he ended up on the losing side.

But Liverpool kept on coming at Anfield.

They missed chances in the first period to cancel out Jamie Vardy's opener inside two minutes, gifted to him by Joel Matip's slack passing out of defence.

It was Vardy's seventh against Liverpool in less than two years and with Claude Puel counting four clean sheets against Liverpool last season alone - and an unbeaten six-match record against the Reds overall to boot - it looked like the ghosts of the past were returning to haunt Klopp's men.

Liverpool kept on coming though.

Salah missed three chances first half, Firmino fired twice with pace at Schmeichel, Maguire was getting in the way of everything.

But Liverpool kept on coming.

And when they got there, through Salah's delightful double, they decided they were going to stay there.

There were scares yes, there usually are against Leicester, but Liverpool even tried to get clever late on.

It might not quite qualify as the dark arts craved by some but they looked for the corners, took their time to get up when fouled and generally had the look of a team intent on some game management.

Liverpool kept on coming - and they got what they deserved in a very tough game.

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Mo the record-breaker

No one in the history of Liverpool Football Club has scored more goals in the top flight before the New Year than Mohamed Salah.

Just let that sink in.

Goal number 22 and 23 here of the season not only helped Liverpool collect a vital three points but drew him level with (Sir) Roger Hunt who also scored 23 before we'd heard Auld Lang Syne. That was 1961/62 though and Liverpool were in the old second division.

For the second half of 2017 at Liverpool, it has pretty much all been about Mo Salah. On the last Reds game of 2017 we still can't stop talking about him.

His astonishing season has seen him emerge as almost the sole challenger to Kevin de Bruyne for the individual honours - he will rightly be named African player of the year later this week.

For the first half here it looked like it wasn't going to be his day.

He could have enhanced his impressive tally three times in the first half alone.

From Mane's cutback, he put his shot wide when he looked certain to quickly get Liverpool back on terms.

When Milner put him away, he didn't like his angle and the impressive Harry Maguire got back to block him out.

And after a one-two with Firmino, his effort was scooped wide when again a goal maybe looked more likely.

Luckily his pace and movement always means another chance is likely to be around the corner.

In the second half he collected Mane's back heel to bring Liverpool level before a stunning turn past Maguire after Milner's flick and a triumphant lash past Schmeichel.

A true record-breaker.

Van Dijk will know the challenge

Virgil van Dijk wandered into Anfield looking every inch the part.

Mobbed in the car park he was applauded into the Liverpool directors' box alongside Reds' chief operating officer Billy Hogan.

So what will he have made of his first game as a soon-to-be Liverpool player?

Van Dijk of course knows all about the threat that Leicester possess, the Foxes making his last appearance for Southampton a painful one in a 4-1 defeat at St Mary's a few weeks ago.

Here he'll have seen his new teammates struggle early on to deal with the visitors' pace and ability to find space. Joel Matip's poor pass led to a quick deficit within two minutes and he didn't have a great game.

Dejan Lovren responded better to the Dutchman's presence, winning some good first half headers.

But the world's most expensive defender will have known he's got no easy task on his hands. Being a Liverpool centre-half is difficult, no doubt.

With Milner working forwards to try to restore parity, Emre Can was often a little exposed as the holding midfielder and what he could offer in cover was not always what would make a defence feel totally comfortable.

Leicester's pace and talent made them a threat on the break and these are the types of scenarios that van Dijk will often encounter in a red shirt.

This is the challenge of playing for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool though and one which van Dijk has accepted.

Let's hope he proves fully up to it.

Mane still off but not by much

His delightful backheel to Mo Salah helped Liverpool restore parity and eventually go on to win the game.

But he remains a player just short of his sparkling best.

Sadio Mane was brought back to the starting line-up by Jurgen Klopp as he seeks to get his player back to top form.

It's close but still not there.

It was summed up by two disallowed goals here. the first from Andy Robertson's cross in the first half, the second from Coutinho's clipped pass over the top in the second.

Both were just offside and rightly ruled out but it feels like a fairly accurate summary of where Mane's at right now.

He's a class act and no doubt his best isn't far away but it's just a little touch off.

Last season his departure in January to the Africa Cup of Nations effectively derailed Liverpool's season.

This year he'll be staying put, bar a dash to Ghana for an awards ceremony later this week.

Let's hope he can deliver the January we know he can.

That was the year that was

So that was Anfield for 2017.

It started in January with one of the worst months the club has known at home, drawing with Plymouth and losing three straight home games against Swansea, Southampton and Wolves. The FA Cup and League Cup campaigns gone in a flash.

But Liverpool would only lose one more game at Anfield all year, against Crystal Palace at home.

A hard-fought victory here and the current streak is at 17 games unbeaten, for all that you feel there could have been even more than the 10 wins and fewer of the seven draws.

Jamie Vardy's opener here inside two minutes was the first Premier League goal an opponent has scored at the Kop end all season. To be honest there's only been another three at the other end.

Anfield is certainly a very difficult place for anybody to come and win - just as it should be.

Liverpool have played 39 league games in 2017, winning 20 and losing 6. They have scored 80 goals and conceded 45 with Mo Salah having netted the most with 17 while Roberto Firmino has scored 14.

It could have been better of course but it's been a pretty enjoyable ride all the same.

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FULL TIME SCORES

CHELSEA 5-0 STOKE - RUDIGER, DRINKWATER, PEDRO, WILLIAN, ZAPPACOSTA

WATFORD 1-2 SWANSEA - CARRILLO, AYEW, NARSINGH

NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 EVERTON - FRASER x 2, GUEYE

LIVERPOOL 2-1 LEICESTER - SALAH x 2, VARDY

HUDDERSFIELD 0-0 BURNLEY

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WATFORD 1-2 SWANSEA - NARSINGH

91: Scenes, absolute scenes.

Incredible turnaround! Nathan Dyer's low shot is parried and Luciano Nursing reacts first to send the Swans bench wild.

CHELSEA 5-0 STOKE - ZAPPACOSTA

90: Chelsea get a fifth, Tymon's attempted header away is picked up by Zappacosta who fires into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 EVERTON - FRASER

88: Ryan Fraser's shot finds the back of the net with a little help from a Michael Keane deflection.

WATFORD 1-1 SWANSEA - AYEW

86: I can’t believe this. Swansea haven’t looked like threatening all game and now they’ve scored with their first shot of the second half. Oli McBurnie nods down a cross from the right and there is Jordan Ayew to equalise.

HUDDERSFIELD 0-0 BURNLEY

85: Superb low save from Lossl to deny Wells from close range as he connected with Vokes' flick on.

BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 EVERTON

83: Wonderful defending from Ake! He races back to stop Sigurdsson from shooting after an Everton counter!

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NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

80: Analysis from our reporter Ian Murtagh, at St James' Park.

Shelvey's on for Newcastle, replacing Mikel Merino who is struggling to reproduce the form he showed in the opening weeks of the season.

The Toon Army are getting restless - and desperate.. Newcastle have two penalty appeals turned down by Anthony Taylor, whose decisions are loudly booed by the crowd. But he was spot on with both.

This game is back to being lead contender for the midnight slot on MOTD!!

LIVERPOOL 2-1 LEICESTER - SALAH

77:  Mohamed Salah grabs his second, collecting James Milner's flick and spinning to shrug off his marker before firing the hosts ahead.

MANCHESTER UNITED vs SOUTHAMPTON

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Lukaku.

Subs: Rojo, Martial, Blind, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Tuanzebe.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Stephens, Yoshida, Hoedt, McQueen, Romeu, Tadic, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Long.

Subs: Davis, Lemina, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Pied, Bednarek, Forster.

Referee: Craig Pawson.

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CHELSEA 4-0 STOKE - WILLIAN (PEN)

74: Willian powers home Chelsea’s fourth from the penalty spot after Cameron fouled the Brazilian playmaker.

CHELSEA 3-0 STOKE

73: Terrible news for my Fantasy Football team as Alvaro Morata is replaced by Michy Batshuayi.

LIVERPOOL 1-1 LEICESTER

71: The Reds fail to clear a routine corner and Ndidi leathers it wide from the edge of the area. That really would have been a sensational goal. Sadio Mane off, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on.

LIVERPOOL 1-1 LEICESTER

68: Sadio Mane has his second goal disallowed. The winger taps home from close range but he was a yard offside. Correct decision.

NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

64: Analysis from our reporter Ian Murtagh, at St James' Park.

Gayle's woken up. He get in ahead of his marker at the near post to meet Atsu's cross with a firm header but Ryan produces another fine save to deny the Newcastle striker.

At the other end, Karl Darlow does well to hold a Pascal Gross free-kick which eludes the defensive wall. The game is opening up - perhaps it won't be last on Match of the Day after all!

BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 EVERTON - GUEYE

60: The substitute Idrissa Gueye has sent the visitors level, slamming home a neat pass from the substitute, Oumar Niasse.

NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

59: Another great stop by Mat Ryan! Atsu swings over a superb cross from the left and Gayle's header is palmed away by the Seagulls' goalkeeper.

WATFORD 1-0 SWANSEA

56: Wague heads home from Cleverley's corner but it's disallowed for a shirt tug.

LIVERPOOL 1-1 LEICESTER - SALAH

55: The visitors have finally buckled under the immense Liverpool pressure. Mohamed Salah has it, bursting on to a Sadio Mane backheel before jinking his way through to score.

Salah has been directly involved in 21 goals in 21 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season (16 goals, 5 assists). Ridiculous.

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NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

55: Analysis from our reporter Ian Murtagh, at St James' Park.

Brighton keeper Matt Ryan's just pulled off a wonderful save to prevent Lewis Dunk deflecting Isaac Hayden's shot into his own net.

The Magpies have started the second half on the front foot after an opening period in which the visitors looked the better side.

Benitez, however, will be looking for a lot more from strikers Dwight Gayle and Joselu who have been fairly anonymous so far.

CHELSEA 3-0 STOKE

54: More of the same at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are in complete control with Stoke now resigned to just keeping the scoreline respectable.

LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

51: It’s still all Liverpool at Anfield folks. The Foxes are camped inside their own third and look like staying there for the next 40 minutes.

BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 EVERTON

48: Sam Allardyce has thrown Wayne Rooney on at HT. He replaces James McCarthy, who didn’t look ready to return from injury in my opinion.

BACK UNDERWAY

45: The Premier League is back underway folks. I’m surprised Stoke and Chelsea have bothered to be honest.

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HALF TIME SCORES

CHELSEA 3-0 STOKE - RUDIGER, DRINKWATER, PEDRO 

WATFORD 1-0 SWANSEA - CARRILLO

NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 EVERTON - FRASER

LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER - VARDY

HUDDERSFIELD 0-0 BURNLEY

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CHELSEA 3-0 STOKE

45: Pedro goes for an ambitious chip as the loose ball breaks to him on the edge of the box, lovely effort from the Spaniard but it drops over the bar.

WATFORD 1-0 SWANSEA

44: Carrillo tees up Doucoure, who shoots first-time from the edge of Swansea's area and it curls just wide. The Carlos Carvalhal revolution appears to have stalled before it’s started.

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LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

41: A quick one-two and Coutinho is through the defence and shaping to shoot, but out of nowhere Amartey comes flying in with an incredible tackle to get the ball safe.

NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

39: Analysis from our reporter Ian Murtagh, at St James' Park.

Having spent almost 90 minutes defending for their lives against Manchester City, Newcastle's gameplan is very different today.

The trouble is that it's not that easy switching from safety-first mode to attacking mode just like that.

Passes are going astray and there's a fragility running through the Toon side and a nervousness in the stands too..

Knockaert has had the only shot on target so far but his effort from the edge of the box was right down keeper Karl Darlow's throat.

Hughton will be by far the happier of the two managers right now.

LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

36: Joel Matip's close-range shot is blocked by a mass of Blue shirts! The Anfield faithful are getting restless as their side continue to spurn decent chances. They’d be winning 6-0 if Virgil van Dijk was playing, right?

BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 EVERTON - FRASER

33: You can’t say Bournemouth don’t deserve it. Ryan Fraser puts the hosts ahead with a fine volleyed finish from a Josh King cross. Everton are going to have to switch things up now. 

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LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

31: Firmino has a pop from range but it’s straight down Schmeichel’s throat.

HUDDERSFIELD 0-0 BURNLEY

28: Sean Dyche’s side are dominating here. Huddersfield seem to be surprised by Burnley’s positive tactics as Arfield glances a header well wide after meeting Gudmundsson's in-swinging cross in the area.

CHELSEA 3-0 STOKE - PEDRO

24: Is this a training exercise? Chelsea have scored their THIRD inside 25 minutes. Pedro receives the ball from Willian and fires low into the far corner.

NEWCASTLE 0-0 BRIGHTON

25: Analysis from our reporter Ian Murtagh, at St James' Park.

Eighteen months ago, Benitez tried to sign Anthony Knockaert but Brighton refused to sell. Wise move.

The French flyer has been the best player on the pitch so far with some forceful bursts upfield. The visitors are more than holding their own in the early stages at Gallowgate.

Right now, Newcastle are playing like a team who haven't picked up a point at home since October 21.

LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

23: Disallowed goal! Sadio Mane converts Robertson’s whipped cross but he’s a fraction offside. And there’s another sitter for Salah. Firmino threads the Egyptian through and he’s sent it wide with a chipped effort. It's ALL Liverpool here.

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EVERTON 0-0 BOURNEMOUTH

20: Callum Wilson bundles his way past two defenders before seeing a low shot repelled by Jordan Pickford. Sam Allardyce’s side are showing little ambition.

LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

17: Liverpool’s response? Well, aside from Salah’s miss there’s not been a great deal. Coutinho just cut inside from the left flank but Schmeichel saved comfortably.

CHELSEA 2-0 STOKE

14: Great chance! Willian releases Morata, the Spaniard races towards goal but is denied by a brilliant Butland save. Drinkwater then crashed a half-volley over the bar as the corner was headed away. 

WATFORD 1-0 SWANSEA - CARRILLO

11: Painful. Having started brightly, Carlos Carvalhal’s side find themselves trailing. Richarlison's shot is parried up into the air and following up is Andre Carrillo to head in the rebound.

CHELSEA 2-0 STOKE - DRINKWATER

9: Wow, what a strike. Danny Drinkwater nets his first goal for Chelsea in some serious style. Drinkwater controls a looping ball on his knee and guides his shot into the corner from 20 yards.

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LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER

9: Waste! Liverpool should be level after Sadio Mane serves it on a plate for Salah, who inexplicably blazes wide.

WATFORD 0-0 SWANSEA

7: Carlos Carvalhal almost has a dream start to life at Swansea. Ayew wins the ball off Doucoure and advances towards the edge of the area before rattling the cross-bar.

CHELSEA 1-0 STOKE - RUDIGER

4: The inevitable has happened. Antonio Rudiger gets up and meets Willian's whipped free-kick with a powerful header. Could be a long afternoon for Stoke...

LIVERPOOL 0-1 LEICESTER - VARDY

3: What a start! Leicester scythed through the Liverpool defence with Riyad Mahrez passing across the six-yard box for Jamie Vardy to finish.

CHELSEA 0-0 STOKE

2: It didn’t take long for Chelsea to have their first opportunity of the afternoon. Rudiger goes close when heading a corner goalwards but one of the million bodies Stoke have in the area clear.

AND WE’RE OFF!

1: We’re underway around all of the Premier League grounds now folks. I’m predicting a bag full of goals today!

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WARM WELCOME

14:55: Huge round of applause for Virgil van Dijk as he takes his seat in the directors box.

NEWCASTLE vs BRIGHTON

14:50: Analysis from our reporter Ian Murtagh, at St James' Park.

The last time Brighton boss Chris Hughton was on Tyneside a month ago  he was given a standing ovation by a 500-strong audience at a talk-in , such is the affection he's still held in by the Geordie nation.

But his popularity may take a knock if the Seagulls manage to complete the double over the side who  pipped them for the Championship title in May.

They won 1-0 on the South Coast in September and another Brighton win today would open up a six point lead over Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez' side have lost their last five on home soil - their worst run since 1953 when they lost six in a row.

The Toon chief has made seven changes from the side which parked the bus in the 1-0 midweek defeat against Manchester City - and with both Dwight Gayle and Joselu in the starting line-up, it's a far more attacking Newcastle side which kicks off this afternoon.

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VAN DIJK…

14:45: I’m not sure If you’ve heard, but Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £75million the other day…

Anyway, Jose Mourinho has responded to van Dijk’s arrival by reminding Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp of his threat to quit football if astronomical fees became commonplace.

Not like Jose to play mind games with an opposing manager…

Asked about Van Dijk's move at his press conference yesterday, Mourinho said: "I think the one to speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen. If I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago (when Pogba signed).

"Not speaking specifically about (the Van Dijk) case because in Liverpool they do what they want, and I am nobody to comment about what they do, (but) the reality is if they think the player is the right player for them, and they really want the player, they pay this amount or they don't have the player. That's the way the market is.”

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INSTANT HIT?

14:40: The Premier League's most recent managerial appointment was a surprise given Carvalhal left Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve following a seven-game winless run.

The Portuguese has been parachuted into a top-flight relegation battle as his new team are five points from safety ahead of a trip to Watford. The Swans have lost nine of their past dozen contests and are in desperate need of the new manager bounce that Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester and West Ham all got.

BOURNEMOUTH vs EVERTON

14:35: The previous five Premier League meetings between Everton and Bournemouth have produced 22 goals (4.4 per game) – Everton scoring 13 of those and Bournemouth netting nine. But Sam ‘respect the point’ Allardyce hasn’t been around for any of those games…

REASONS TO BE FEARFUL

14:30: Mark Hughes' Potters have suffered defeats to Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham this term, conceding 19 goals in the process.

Furthermore, they are visiting Chelsea without three centre-backs - Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi and Kurt Zouma - and Erik Pieters is not be fit to feature at left-back.

Alvaro Morata will be licking his lips…

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HUDDERSFIELD vs BURNLEY

14:25: Huddersfield make three changes. Scott Malone, Florent Hadergjonaj and Laurent Depoitre come in for the Terriers, with Tommy Smith and Steve Mounie. Burnley are unchanged.

Huddersfield XI: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Malone, Mooy, Hogg, Quaner, Ince, van La Parra, Depoitre.

Subs: Smith, Coleman, Cranie, Lolley, Williams, Mounie, Hefele.

Burnley XI: Pope, Bardsley, Long, Mee, Taylor, Arfield, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Gudmundsson, Barnes.

Subs: Lowton, Marney, Vokes, Westwood, Walters, Wells, Lindegaard.

WATFORD vs SWANSEA

14:20: New manager Carlos Carvalhal has made a few changes for his first game in charge. Unsurprisingly Tammy Abraham returns to the starting XI having missed out during the 5-0 drubbing to Liverpool.

Watford XI: Gomes, Janmaat, Wague, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Doucoure, Cleverley, Watson, Carrillo, Okaka, Richarlison.

Subs: Prodl, Sinclair, Gray, Holebas, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra.

Swansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Carroll, Roque, Clucas, Sanches, Ayew, Abraham.

Subs: van der Hoorn, Fer, Narsingh, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Rangel, McBurnie.

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BOURNEMOUTH vs EVERTON

14:15: Charlie Daniels, who missed two games with a groin injury, starts on the bench for Eddie Howe’s side. There’s also a rare appearance for Everton’s James McCarthy.

Bournemouth XI: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Ibe, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Fraser, King, Callum Wilson.

Subs: Boruc, Pugh, Arter, Afobe, Daniels, Mousset, Simpson.

Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Martina, Gueye, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Lennon, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson.

Subs: Williams, Bolasie, Rooney, Niasse, Davies, Holgate, Robles.

NEWCASTLE vs BRIGHTON

14:10: And here’s your line-ups. Our reporter Ian Murtagh will be bringing all the latest and greatest  from St James’ Park.

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Merino, Hayden, Atsu, Gayle, Joselu.

Subs: Murphy, Shelvey, Diame, Perez, Mbemba, Manquillo, Woodman.

Brighton XI: Ryan, Saltor, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, March, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Gross, Murray.

Subs: Kayal, Baldock, Hemed, Goldson, Izquierdo, Schelotto, Krul.

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CHELSEA vs STOKE

14:05: Antonio Conte has made the brave decision to drop Eden Hazard. Fantasy Football managers will be crying their eyes out.

Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Morata, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Hazard, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Batshuayi, Christensen.

Stoke XI: Butland, Edwards, Cameron, Wimmer, Tymon, Fletcher, Adam, Diouf, Afellay, Sobhi, Berahino.

Subs: Allen, Choupo-Moting, Shaqiri, Crouch, Ngoy, Grant, Soutar.

LIVERPOOL vs LEICESTER

14:00: And here’s the line-ups for today’s clash at Anfield folks. I can see a couple of changes with Loris Karius and Joe Gomez replacing Simon Mignolet and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool XI: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Can, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Wijnaldum, Klavan, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mignolet, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Mahrez, Vardy.

Subs: Hamer, Musa, Dragovic, Slimani, Okazaki, James, Thomas.

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You can either comment at the bottom of the page or contact me via Twitter using the hashtag #ExpressSport.

AFTERNOON

13:50: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.

We’re at Anfield today as Liverpool look to follow up Boxing Day’s thumping of Swansea with another positive result against Leicester.

And they might just be buoyed by the £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk, who will be watching from the stands.

Elsewhere Chelsea and Everton are looking to maintain their unbeaten runs while Newcastle and Brighton go head-to-head at St James’ Park.

It’s a festive buffet of football, and I’ll be your chef…

No idea what I meant by that.

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LIVERPOOL vs LEICESTER

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson remains unavailable. He missed the Boxing Day win over Swansea with a hamstring injury and no date has been put on his return. Left-back Alberto Moreno could miss another three games with ankle trouble.

Leicester's Daniel Amartey is available after suspension. Robert Huth (ankle), Danny Simpson (hamstring) and Matty James (Achilles) remain out for boss Claude Puel.

CHELSEA vs STOKE

Chelsea will remain without David Luiz and Charly Musonda. Luiz is struggling with a knee problem while Musonda has a groin injury.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has a defensive crisis to solve with Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi and Kurt Zouma all out. Glen Johnson (knee) is also unavailable but full-back Erik Pieters could feature.

NEWCASTLE vs BRIGHTON

Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot is out through injury. The Republic of Ireland international will sit out the game with a thigh problem and will be replaced by Karl Darlow. Midfielder Isaac Hayden is available after shaking off the knock which has kept him out of the last two games.

Izzy Brown returns to the Brighton squad. The on-loan Chelsea forward was ineligible to face his parent club in Albion's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day. Boss Chris Hughton has a full-strength squad with the exception of long-term absentee Steve Sidwell.

BOURNEMOUTH vs EVERTON

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will give a number of players late fitness checks.

Defender Charlie Daniels (groin) and midfielder Harry Arter (calf) have been absent for the last two games, forward Josh King (hamstring) was substituted against West Ham last time out, while Andrew Surman missed that 3-3 draw.

Everton's top scorer Wayne Rooney is available having recovered from the illness that ruled him out of the last two games.

James McCarthy, who has not made a first-team appearance since October due to a hamstring injury, should be fit for selection as well, but Idrissa Gueye (hamstring) remains a doubt.

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HUDDERSFIELD vs BURNLEY

Huddersfield defender Chris Lowe hopes to recover from an ongoing foot problem in time to face the Clarets. Left-back Lowe sustained the injury in the recent win at Watford, but was forced off late on in the home draw against Stoke on Boxing Day. Head coach David Wagner has no new injury or suspension concerns.

Burnley expect to be without several first-team regulars. James Tarkowski completes a three-match suspension, left-back Stephen Ward (knee) is out and striker Chris Wood (leg) is not likely to be fit. Robbie Brady (knee) and Tom Heaton (shoulder) are long-term absentees.

WATFORD vs SWANSEA

Watford will check on midfielder Roberto Pereyra who was taken off just before half-time in the Boxing Day win over Leicester because of a leg muscle problem. Captain Troy Deeney is in the middle of a four-match suspension.

New Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal could have Wilfried Bony available for the trip. Bony has missed the last two Premier League games with a hamstring injury suffered in Paul Clement's final match in charge. Tammy Abraham could return to the starting line-up but Ki Sung-yueng (calf) and Kyle Bartley (knee ligaments) are likely to miss out.

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