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Premier League: Leicester City vs Liverpool; ‘We are in it together there is nothing to worry about’

A week off, time to refresh and time to reset after the demoralising defeat against Manchester City.

Now it is time for another huge test against one of the best sides in the league this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City are flying high yet again just like last season with the Foxes sitting third place three points clear of Liverpool.

Liverpool desperately need the win as they will be looking over their shoulders in the Europa League places with Chelsea and West Ham only being one point behind them.

However, Jurgen Klopp insists there is no need to worry as he said in his press conference: “We are in it together. There is nothing to worry about, we are not pointing the finger at each other. 

“There is nothing bad to say about the atmosphere, but we are not flying.”

No Liverpool are not flying at all but it wasn’t the worst performance in the world against Manchester City as when Mo Salah scored the penalty it looked evenly matched.

Then Alisson made some horrendous errors playing out from the back which everyone watching couldn’t believe.

One of the best goalkeepers in the last couple of years making basic errors, it is rotten luck and it is just that because there is no doubt that Alisson will come back from stronger from it.

The rotten luck has not stopped there though for Liverpool as surprise surprise there I another injury for a defender.

Fabinho is out of the Leicester City game due to another muscular injury and when Klopp was asked whether he would be fit for Leipzig and Everton he simply worryingly said: “I don’t know.”

As well as this Klopp confirmed that Diogo Jota is still not going to be back for at least two or three weeks and also Naby Keita is still not back from his rehabilitation for his hamstring issue.

Last but not least Thiago has picked up a slight injury which has affected him in training.

So it is not great, just like it has been for the majority of the season.

Oban Kazak and Ben Davies have now had a full weeks’ worth of training so it is likely that one of them get a start, with supporters happy to see the pair start together to see captain Jordan Henderson back in midfield.

Klopp though is wary of Jamie Vardy who will be fit to start saying: “Jamie Vardy is obviously a proper challenge the way he gets set up by his mates but you can only do it with the whole team, you have to avoid the passes to him. 

“Jamie is a world class player in a specific area of the pitch.”

It would be a baptism of fire for Kabak and Davies, but it might be the possible introduction to the Premier League.

Unfortunately, Leicester City have had one new big injury problem and that is James Justin as the full-back has done his ACL. 

Justin has been in fantastic form this season and many were touting him to get in England’s Euro 2020 squad but that looks very unlikely now.

Rodgers will also be without Ayoze Perez and Timothy Castagne for the game that is the early kick off on Saturday, yes, the early kick off that every Liverpudlian dreads.

The reverse fixture was meant to be a big test for the champions, and they passed it with flying colours winning 3-0, now they need to show that side of themselves again.

Last season at the King Power Liverpool put on a show for the travelling fans to adore and believe to put on a show for everyone sat at home will be difficult but they are capable.

Written by Elliot Thompson

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