Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Dejan Lovren (thigh), Joel Matip (knee) and Fabinho (ankle) are on the mend but none of the three will feature against Leicester City on Boxing Day.
News on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is slightly better than first feared with ankle ligament damage expected to keep him out for the remainder of 2019. There is, however, no estimated return date for the four players.
Rhian Brewster (ankle) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) also remain out of contention ahead of the Reds’ trip to the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening.
Liverpool’s Predicted XI To Face Leicester:
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Wjnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Origi, Mane
In contrast, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has only two fitness concerns going into the game. Harvey Barnes will undergo a late fitness test as he looks to recover from an ankle problem. Matthew James remains sidelined with an Achilles injury.
Leicester’s Predicted XI:
Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Perez, Vardy, Barnes
The bookmakers have made Liverpool the slight favourites with 888 Sport pricing them at 11/10 for the win. A draw is currently 14/5 with Unibet while a victory for Leicester is 5/2 at Betfair.
Predicted Score –1-1