Liverpool v Leicester City team news & stats

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2015 12:05

Martin Skrtel: Liverpool defender is expected to miss six weeks

Liverpool have not lost in six Premier League games against Leicester City and have never lost at home in the competition on Boxing Day.

Team news

Martin Skrtel begins an expected six-week lay-off for Liverpool after suffering a torn hamstring, while Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren could also miss out again with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Robert Huth is back after suspension for Leicester and could replace Marcin Wasilewski, who deputised for him in last weekend’s win at Everton, but Danny Drinkwater is not likely to be rushed back into action after missing that game with a hamstring injury. Jeff Schlupp (hamstring) also remains sidelined for the leaders.

Opta stats

  • Liverpool have won four and lost none of their last six Premier League games against Leicester City.
  • Liverpool have never lost at home in the Premier League on Boxing Day (W5 D3), but Leicester were one of the teams to earn a draw back in 1996.
  • Leicester were unbeaten in their last nine Boxing Day matches before returning to the top flight (W4 D5).
  • However, they have won just one of their last 10 fixtures on this day in the top division of English football (W1 D3 L6).
  • Jürgen Klopp has won just three of his first nine Premier League games in charge of Liverpool, the same tally that Brendan Rodgers managed in eight PL games as the Reds manager this season.
  • Leicester City have won 18 of their last 26 Premier League games (D6 L2) – in the same period, Liverpool have collected just eight wins (D8 L10).
  • Leicester are only the second team in top-flight history to be bottom of the league at Xmas one season and top of that league on Xmas day the following season, after Norwich City in 1987-88 (bottom) and 1988-89 (top).
  • Riyad Mahrez has scored seven goals in nine Premier League appearances in the month of December.
  • Only two players have been involved in more goals than Riyad Mahrez (20) in the top five European leagues so far in 2015-16 – Aubameyang (22) and Ibrahimovic (21).
  • Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted a goal in 15 successive Premier League appearances (extending his own Premier League record).
  • Jamie Vardy has won six penalties in the Premier League since the start of 2014-15, more than any other player.


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