Premier League Gameweek 24
Feb 10, 2022 KO: 19:45

Liverpool - Leicester City

Anfield Liverpool
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Diogo Jota 34'  
Diogo Jota 87'  

Match preview

Salah to start? - How Liverpool could line up against Leicester

Mohamed Salah is set to make his return for Liverpool after more than a month away on international duty.

Liverpool will welcome Mohamed Salah back to their squad for the midweek Premier League clash against Leicester.

Salah, the Reds’ undoubted talisman offensively, has not played for the club since finding the net in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea on 2 January because of his involvement in the African Cup of Nations with Egypt.

Despite this lengthy absence, he remains Liverpool’s leading scorer for the season on 23 goals, including 16 in the Premier League.

Of course, returning to the club is one thing, but starting against Leicester after an intense month both physically and emotionally is a different matter altogether. It would be little surprise to see the attacker left on the bench, particularly as Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino were both on target in the FA Cup victory over Cardiff.

Furthermore, January addition Luis Diaz has been added to Liverpool’s ranks while Harvey Elliott has made a welcome return from a long-term ankle injury.

One man who certainly will not be involved in this encounter is Sadio Mane, whose penalty allowed Senegal to claim their first African title. He has been given an extended stay of leave as a result.

The news on the selection front is broadly positive for Liverpool, with Diaz having apparently suffered nothing untoward following a knock to his knee against Cardiff.

Meanwhile, Divock Origi is back after knee trouble. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are set to be available after testing positive for Covid-19, which saw them sit out at the weekend.

There are no reports of other problems.

Liverpool do not tend to rotate heavily, but with a packed January schedule, they may elect to make some tweaks in their starting XI, while substitutes will surely be used to allow certain stars to preserve themselves before a series of important dates, including a Champions League meeting with Inter.

Possible Liverpool starting XI against Leicester

Match statistics

Liverpool
Statistics
Leicester City
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
8
Draws
3
4
Losses
2
8
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
47
41
Goals Per Game
2.35
2.05
More > 2.5 Goals
13
15
More > 3 Goals
11
12
Scored First in a Match
13
11
Scored Both Halves
12
8
Won More > 1 Goal
11
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
17
41
Did Not Score
2
2
Both Teams Scored
10
16
Kept Clean Sheet
9
2
Won Without Conceding
8
2
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
18
12
Shots on Target
6.00
5.15
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.17
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.22
2.25
Penalties
0.15
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.45
0.10
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
6.50
15
Shots on Target Conceded
2.68
5.30
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
9.90
10
Yellow Cards
1.45
1.40
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

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In suspension danger

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