Liverpool vs Leicester preview, betting tips and predictions: Reds to pile frustration on Puel

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Claude Puel made a fantastic start to life as Leicester boss despite the opinion of many that he was a poor choice after his sacking from Southampton. But he lost just one of his opening few games, to runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City and overall the Foxes began to impress. A late equaliser against Manchester United last time out recovered that feeling, but not until after Crystal Palace beat them 3-0 at the King Power Stadium and City then knocked them out of the Carabao Cup on penalties. A poor result at Liverpool in their next game will only further their frustrations.

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The Reds are in decent shape, too, overall. It is much of the same story for Jurgen Klopp’s side in truth; going forward they look unstoppable, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho all linking up so well, but they are too easily got at in defence. The draw at Arsenal just before Christmas showcased this perfectly, and in-form pair Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will punish them at the back if they leave themselves exposed.

This could go either way and Leicester certainly aren’t a bad shout for a draw, but we will go for a home win.

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Leicester’s troublesome week started with a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace at home; it was a very poor performances from the Foxes, but they also caught the Eagles on a very good day. Roy Hodgson’s men emphatically got their first goals and win on the road this season; a battling display in the League Cup wasn’t enough to stop them heading out on penalties. Harry Maguire netted a late equaliser against Manchester United, but the Red Devils should have been out of sight by then. On Boxing Day, Watford got their first win in seven against them, but they still sit comfortably in eighth place at the time of writing.

As for the hosts in this one, Mo Salah, who has 21 goals to his name this season, has led them extremely well but they are scoring from all angles. Defensively, they have issues that mean they are rarely safe in games. Arsenal turned around a two-goal deficit in six minutes in the draw at the Emirates Stadium, and that high line Klopp likes to play could give Leicester the encouragement they need.

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Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is a doubt for the hosts after coming off against Arsenal and missing the Swansea clash. Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to be involved, too, but Klopp shouldn’t have too many other issues to contend with.

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Damarai Gray was only a substitute in the loss to Watford and he could come back into the side as a result. Vicente Iborra is a a doubt after not featuring, but Leicester should have most of their big hitters available.

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