Leicester v. Liverpool, Match Preview, Fans View, Who’s in, Who’s out

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Expectations are high after two great wins at home against Wolves and away against Southampton. Liverpool at home has earlier been a fixture we can look forward to with a number of great results and great goals, Jamie Vardy’s volley will always be in mind.

Claude Puel could see his 2nd strings out there against Fleetwood Town, doing a great game. A few first teamers got a taste as well, including Amartey and Morgan. There are no big injuriy worries, with only Matty James ruled out.

Jamie Vardy will of course not be including, serving a ban since his bad tackle in the Wolves games, but he will be available after this game.

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Liverpool are looking like a very strong unit and Jurgen Klopp is slowly building a team to count, despite losing big star names during the build. Coutinho left in January, but no one could really see him missing. Mane, Firminho and Salah are a trio to look out for.

James Milner shows that you can be a good player, also after saying no to international football, with that in mind, Jamie Vardy should be ok without England involvement following Milner in his decission making.

The fact that Liverpool also now have Alisson, makes them even stronger and their defense looks stronger, with a Van Dijk now more settled. Leicester City signed third choice Danny Ward, who most certainly will be on the bench in this match.

The game is an early kick-off fixture, also being live on telly at 12.30, so hopefully every fox is awake and ready to go.

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Referee,
Paul Tierney, will be in charge at King Power

Best Bet,
Our prediction is a 2-0 win, but not shure at all

Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy,  Albrighton, Gray – Maddison – Iheanacho

Fun Fact,
Leicester struggled heavilly in the 1980-81 season, but they managed to win both home and away against Liverpool, who had a bad season ending 5th. Those who can remember the goal of Andy Peake will always have that in mind. A 2-0 win at home, really made Jock Wallace, the manager at the time, think that Leicester were among the better teams in the league, but despite a 2-1 shocking away win at Anfield, Leicester and Wallace had to see themselves relegated.

In Both Camps,
Paul Konchesky and this summer signing Danny Ward are two recent moves between the clubs. Emile Heskey was a massive transfer for Leicester City, when he left for £ 11 million to Liverpool in 2000. Other players who had a life in both camps are Tom Bromilow and Gordon Milne, who both played for Liverpool and had a manager period at Leicester City.

Other players to remember are Alan Waddle, Michael Hooper and Kevin MacDonald who all had careers in both camps.

The big duel,
Alisson and Schmeichel is an interesting one, we believe in Kasper winning this one and hopefully Alison will be under great pressure for the first time this season.

In Both Camps, Liverpool, two managers, a record transfer, Konchesky and Ward

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If you talk Liverpool and Leicester, there are a few players and managers who can say they had a life in both camps. The recent is record signing, goalkeeper Danny Ward, who joined Leicester City this summer for a fee of £ 12 million.

Paul Konchesky is the last outfield player to be transferred between the clubs, joining back in 2011 during the days of Svennis in charge. Konchesky got a lot of stick during his time at Leicester and Liverpool, but in my view a great footballer, who scored a stunner and one to remember from a game against Wolves.

Emile Heskey made his dream move to Liverpool back in 2000 for a fee of £ 11 million, which back then was the highest transfer fee ever received for a Leicester City player, a bit strange to see Danny Ward, a goalkeeper cover, without significant first team experience, signing for Leicester 18 years later for a higher fee.

Former manager at Leicester City from 1939 to 1945, Tom Bromilow, was a legend at Liverpool as a player. Playing 341 league games in 11 seasons at Anfield. He is one with a very special record, being the first ever professional footballer to become a manager. This happened in 1932 when he took charge of Burnley.

From the good old days you also have Jack Bamber who joined Leicester City from Liverpool. Bamber played 113 league games while at Filbert Street. He moved further to Tranmere in 1927. He played 77 league games for Liverpool.

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Gordon Milne joined Leicester as manager in 1982, and stayed on until 1986, when he was kicked upstairs giving place for Bryan Hamilton. Milne was a great success as manager of Leicester, brining them back up to the top flight and keeping there. He made the signing of Gary McAllister in 1985, who became a very important player at Leicester and also had a spell at Liverpool late in his career.

Alan Waddle was recruited from Liverpool in 1977, but his time at both Liverpool and Leicester was not what you would call a success. He had a short spell at Filbert Street, lasting just half a season, before moving to Swansea, where he helped his former teammate, John Toshack, doing well at Vetch Field.

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Goalkeeper Michael Hooper is one that spent a few weeks on loan at Leicester City, while Leicester City goalkeeper Carl Muggleton moved the other way, also on a short loan spell. One not to forget is Kevin MacDonald who is actually one of very few who have returned to Leicester City, first on loan and later also being part of the coaching staff and also been in charge as a caretaker manager. He joined Liverpool in 1984 for a fee of £ 400 000, then a record sale by Leicester City.

Leicester City players in demand, Celtic, Rangers, Stoke, Motherwell should all be looking in East Midlands

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The SPL is yet to shut their transfer window and a number of Leicester City players could be shipped north, either on loan or on a permanent deal.

Celtic is reported to be after Filip Benkovic, who just recently joined Leicester City from Dinamo Zagreb. Benkovic made his first team debut yesterday in the 4-0 Carabao Cup win v. Fleetwood.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is out looking for new players and made more than 10 signings to his squad at Ibrox, trying to be an instant challenge to Celtic, who has not been in their best for so far, losing their season opener against Hearts.

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Fousseni Diabate will not be first choice and in close range of a starting position at Leicester and in the absent of good flank midfield alternatives, Gerrard should look to Leicester to find a player that would be perfect for his fit at Rangers.

Youngster Josh Knight and also Callum Elder are two defender currently a bit in limbo at Leicester City. Both players could be an option for Motherwell who are struggling in the SPL and are close to bottom of the table.

Other players at Leicester City who are certain loan targets are Andy King and Danny Simpson, who both could end up in the Championship, but also Scotland could be an alternative for the duo. Simpson and King both looks like they are in favor of a move inside Britain.

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Simpson was earlier linked with Stoke City, and Andy King could be a possible target for a number of clubs with West Bromwich, Nottingham Forest and Derby County all probably in need of a quality midfielder with the experience of King.

King and Simpson looks certain to leave, none of them involved last night in the Carabao Cup clash with Fleetwood Town. Diabate and Benkovic both came in a substitutes, while Josh Knight was an unused sub.

Still a few days left for the Championship and SPL window shutting, so we just have to see who will try to find their new recruits and signings in East Midlands.

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