PREM: Leicester City v Liverpool preview


Leicester City v Liverpool preview

Craig Shakespeare will be in temporary charge of Leicester City for Liverpool's visit.


The Premier League champions have not won in the league since Boxing Day and, when asked if he wanted the job to save the club from relegation, Shakespeare was bullish in his reply.

"Do I think I can do the job? Yes. Does it faze me? No. But again, the focus is just on Monday night," Shakespeare said in his pre-match press conference.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp takes his players to the King Power Stadium wary of a side who may produce a reaction in the wake of the departure of their manager, as is so often the case.

But Leicester's situation is one which does not concern him specifically.

"Things I have no influence on I cannot really think about," he said. "Does it change a lot for us? Not sure, we will see.

"I think probably the two assistants will do it so that's not a change. Probably the players have to show a few things and they [will] want to. It is obvious to not let them.

"You saw the Champions League game [in the 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in midweek] and the reaction after they scored: it was like two different games before and after they scored.

"Obviously they needed this goal to get confidence back. It was unbelievable the change in this one second when they scored.

"Maybe they can keep this and then we have to make it not too easy for them to bring it on the pitch or to not let their confidence grow.

"We have to play our best football - that's what we have been working on for 15 days. If we play our best we will be difficult to play against whoever."

Leicester's record signing Islam Slimani will be assessed ahead of the visit of the match. The striker has been struggling with a groin injury, but did travel to Spain for their Champions League defeat at Sevilla and has trained this week.

The Foxes will also assess Leonardo Ulloa, who has been out with a thigh problem.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren remains a doubt with a knee injury.

The Croat, who travelled to Germany to see a specialist this week, has missed the last two matches and only started light training on Friday.

Striker Daniel Sturridge is also a doubt as he is still suffering the effects of a virus which forced him to return home early from the club's training camp in Spain last week.


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