There has been festive cheer aplenty at Anfield this week, as Liverpool followed up a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea by announcing the signing of Virgil van Dijk for a record fee.
The Dutch international will not be available for today’s clash with Leicester, but with a record of 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games, some might argue that they don’t currently need him.
With Leicester in town, however, they will certainly have to be wary. The Foxes’ Boxing Day defeat at Watford was their 1st in 8 Premier League games on the road, and they will be eager to get back to winning ways here.
It’s vital, then, that Jürgen Klopp gets his team selection right, and this is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||3 / 0|
|0||2||3 / 1|
|1||0||1 / 0|
|1||0||4 / 0|
|0||1||0 / 0|
|1||2||1 / 0|
|2||3||8 / 0|
|3||2||1 / 0|
|20||6||0 / 0|
|7||4||2 / 1|
|15||7||1 / 0|
|Totals||50||27||24 / 2|
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Young fullbacks Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson look set to be trusted to provide Liverpool’s width here, with both having impressed so far this term individually. The side’s record when both start must improve, however, with just 2 wins for 5 matches simply not up to standard.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is really beginning to find his feet at Liverpool, with the former Arsenal man starring in their big wins against Bournemouth and Swansea. He looks set to start alongside Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum here in an incredibly dynamic midfield 3.
Only 3 of Liverpool’s current ‘Fab Four’ look set to be given the nod here, with Philippe Coutinho set to drop to the bench. With 42 goals between them this term, however, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane shouldn’t struggle too much to make up for his absence.
Overall it’s a stunning Liverpool side, and one that should dispatch of Leicester with ease if they’re on top form. The Foxes do always have a big performance in them, but with odds of 25/1 available on the home with to new Betfair customers, it’s hard to look past that as the bet of the day.
The strength of this bet is made even clearer when looking at KickOff’s all-new Acca Smacker (below) which uses our unique predictive algorithm to give Liverpool a whopping 65% chance of claiming victory here, compared to just 14% for a Leicester win.
When flicking over to the ‘Form Stat’ tab, it’s easy to see why. Using 18 key data points, 9 attacking and 9 defensive, from the past 10 games for each side, KickOff compares the two sides and finds that Liverpool come out on top in every single one of them. Differences between sides of this magnitude are rare, and when they occur the outcome tends to be the same. A Liverpool win looks a dead-cert.