Liverpool welcome Leicester City to Anfield in a crunch Quarter-Final of 2021-22 Carabao Cup.
Victory would see Liverpool reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2016-17 season, whilst Leicester have lost at this stage in two of their last three Quarter-Finals appearances in this competition.
Andrew Robertson is suspended for Liverpool’s next three matches after being sent off in Sunday’s draw at Tottenham.
Jordan Henderson (illness) is a doubt but Adrian (calf), Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara (all Coronavirus), Curtis Jones (eye/Coronavirus), Divock Origi (knee) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) remain ruled out.
Leicester could welcome Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu back from thigh injuries if the pair are match fit, although they likely will be rested ahead of the festive Premier League fixtures.
Filip Benkovic, Jannik Vestergaard, Daniel Amartey, Vontae Daley-Campbell,, Hamza Choudhury, Ayoze Perez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman are all considered doubts following a mixture of positive Coronavirus cases and various illnesses.
James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) remain ruled out.
- Liverpool have won one of two previous League Cup meetings against Leicester (W1, L1).
- Leicester lost their only previous League Cup away tie against Liverpool by a 4-1 result in October 1986.
- Liverpool’s five Carabao Cup goals this season have been scored by Takumi Minamino (3) and Divock Origi (2).
- Two of Leicester’s four Carabao Cup goals this season were scored by Ademola Lookman.
- Both Liverpool and Leicester this season have won their matches refereed by Andrew Madley, which both came in Premier League against Crystal Palace and Watford respectively.
Liverpool will be eager for a reaction here after enduring a difficult away performance at Spurs where their defence struggled with the hosts’ counter-attacking style, which will offer Leicester some hope given their pace and movement when on the attack.
Leicester meanwhile haven’t played in a week-and-a-half but can take heart from their last outing where they looked confident on the ball in attack against Newcastle with strong energy to their play, whilst also defending well which has often been a rarity this season.
This game though is likely to boil down to team selections given the injury crisis at both teams but if Leicester can get Vestergaard, Iheanacho and Perez back in particular, they certainly will have a decent shot of a result.
Liverpool though should have enough depth within their fringe player selection from Takumi Minamino to Joe Gomez to get the job done, although Leicester should give them a decent fight with Harvey Barnes and James Maddison bound to start for the visitors.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
Result: Liverpool 3-3 Leicester (Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties!!!)