Leicester v Liverpool team news and stats

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2016 11:38

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Liverpool are set to revert to their strongest team for Tuesday night’s trip to Premier League leaders Leicester.

Team news

Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester have no new fitness problems as they prepare to resume their title challenge at home to Liverpool.

Shinji Okazaki hobbled off injured against Stoke nine days ago but the striker will be fit for Tuesday night. Right-back Ritchie De Laet missed the 3-0 win over the Potters with a groin problem but he has recovered.

Midfielder Matty James’ return from a long-term knee injury will continue to be managed after a minor setback in action for the development squad, while the versatile Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) will not be back until towards the end of February.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will revert to his strongest side after resting many players for the FA Cup draw at home to West Ham.

Captain Jordan Henderson will return after sitting out that game to rest his heel problem.

Strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, playmaker Philippe Coutinho and defender Martin Skrtel are all set to return to training this week but will not be considered for the match against the Premier League leaders.

Opta stats

  • On the day of this game, Leicester City will have spent 43 days at the top of the 2015-16 Premier League table – only Man City (100 days) have been top for longer this season.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against the Foxes (W5 D2).
  • Liverpool have allowed their opponent to score with their first shot on target in all four Barclays Premier League games so far in 2016.
  • The Reds have lost just one of their last five away games against Leicester City in the Premier League (W2 D2 L1).
  • Leicester City have scored the most goals from fast-breaks this season (5) and have also had the most attempts on goal from counter attacks (18).
  • The Foxes have made 37.5% of their passes in the final third of the pitch this season; a Premier League high.
  • Jamie Vardy has touched the ball in the opposition box more often than any other player in the Premier League so far this season (146).
  • Liverpool have scored the lowest proportion of their clear-cut chances in the Premier League so far in 2015-16 (31.6%).
  • The last 11 teams to be top of the Premier League at the turn of February have gone on to win the title that season.
  • Riyad Mahrez has been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player so far this season (21 – 13 goals, eight assists).
  • In comparison, no Liverpool player has reached double figures in terms of Premier League goal involvement this season with Roberto Firmino their most involved (nine – five goals, four assists).

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