According to The Guardian, Foxes maestro James Maddison is set to miss out on the action on Merseyside this evening as he seeks attention for a knee injury from a specialist.
As per the report, the Foxes star is suffering from a mysterious knee problem since returning from the World Cup with the England squad and has therefore been ruled out of the clash with Liverpool on Friday night.
It is no secret that Maddison has been one of the stand-out performers in the Premier League this season so far, so it is definitely good news for Klopp that his side won’t need to keep the Leicester star quiet when the Foxes arrive on Merseyside.
Over 13 top-flight appearances this season so far, the 26-year-old talent has scored seven goals, registered four assists and created three big chances, as well as averaging three shots on goal, 2.4 key passes, 1.9 tackles and 4.8 duels won per game, proving that he is an incredible attacking threat that could’ve caused chaos at Anfield for the Liverpool backline.
Although the Reds enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, it hasn’t been smooth sailing in the Premier League over their campaign so far with a number of inconsistent performances – particularly at the back – contributing to Liverpool’s current sixth-place position in the league table.
Klopp’s side are currently 15 points adrift from league leaders Arsenal so a win at Anfield will be non-negotiable against Leicester tonight in their pursuit to rise up into at least a top-four position to guarantee at least Champions League qualification at the end of the season.
Only two other teams inside the top six have leaked more goals than Klopp’s defence so far this campaign, too.
Luckily, Brendan Rodgers’ squad are not in fine form themselves over their first 16 outings and are currently 12th in the league table due to a poor start at the King Power Stadium, with their ninth loss recorded on Monday in a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
With that being said, though, Liverpool must take their golden opportunity to secure all three points tonight now that Maddison will not be able to participate, as their third victory in a row could help them close the gap with Manchester United in fifth.