Liverpool’s injury list is growing and will give Jurgen Klopp a huge headache in team selection and making tactics against Leicester.
Liverpool took an international break to rejuvenate, but that has done little to help Klopp’s side. The club is facing a string of injury woes and a COVID-19 challenge.
Joe Gomez sustained a serious knee injury, Jordan Henderson also picked up a knock playing for England and Mo Salah tested positive for coronavirus.
When they take on Leicester on Sunday, it will be enough if the Premier League champions can manage to avoid a defeat to surpass their unbeaten home league run of 63 games.
The entire first-choice back four might be absent for Liverpool on Sunday. Both Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold missed games over the international break. On the other hand, Van Dijk and Gomez are already not in the playing squad for long-term injuries.
“Liverpool will be looking to keep Jamie Vardy quiet, they haven’t kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since the second week of the season, and we’ve seen what great form Vardy is in,” said renowned sports expert Vinny O’Connor in a podcast.
“If Fabinho is fit and comes in, that’s a boost for Liverpool, but attack-wise how will they cope without Salah?”
“Result-wise, Liverpool rattled off five straight wins before the Man City draw,” O’Connor told the podcast. “They’ve only lost once all season, twice if you include the Arsenal penalty shoot-out in the League Cup.”
Talking about the Aston Villa defeat, Liverpool had a full-strength side out. Now, they’ve got the chance this weekend to go back to the top of the table, they’re at home to Leicester, they have equaled the club-record 63 league games unbeaten at home. They’ve been able to cope with the injuries they’ve picked up since the Villa game.