23 Sep 2017

Leicester vs. Liverpool: Premier League - Confirmed Teams

After four games a win (and ten goals conceded along the way) Liverpool are in desperate need of a morale-boosting victory, but can the Reds arrest the current slump and emerge victorious at Leicester City?

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino.

SUBS: Karius, Milner, Sturridge, Solanke, Klavan, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander-Arnold.

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, King, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.

Despite playing well every time he's featured, Andy Robertson is once again missing from the matchday squad, What is Klopp's problem? Robertson was basically an everpresent last season in the Premier League, but as soon as he comes to Anfield, he struggles to make the team on a regular basis. It's ridiculous.

After his totally ineffective performance on Tuesday, Oxlade-Chamberlain is back where he belongs: on the bench. What a total waste of money. I'm not pre-judging him - my view on OC is based on years of watching him for Arsenal, and the brutal truth is that Liverpool got MUGGED.

Imagine the negligence, carelessness, and lack of imagination it takes to pay £40m for an average huff and puff player in the last year of his contract.  If it was Suarez, or Hazard, or Aguero then fine; these are top class players, and you know exactly what you're going to get, but Oxlade-Chamberlain?!

Is he so massively important to Liverpool that he needed to be signed NOW? Of course not. It's a total waste of money, and is symptomatic of the club's perennial poor performance in the transfer market.

Liverpool have some big players returning for this game (Can, Salah, Firmino etc), but so do Leicester, who have recalled Vardy, Mahrez, Simpson, Morgan, and Okazaki to the starting lineup. The pressure is well and truly on the Reds to win this game, and as we've seen many times before, Liverpool don't do well under pressure.

There can be no excuses if Liverpool fail to get a result from this match. When all the lame, barely credible fan-driven rationlisations and justifications are set aside, the buck stops with Klopp, and right now - despite allegedly being a 'world-class' manager - Klopp's record is worse than Brendan Rodgers after the same number of games.


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