Liverpool vs Leicester LIVE commentary: Cody Gakpo could be unveiled at Anfield as Reds look to pile pressure on former manager Brendan Rodgers – kick-off time, team news and how to listen on talkSPORT

    Liverpool will look to continue their winning form when they host Leicester and their former manager Brendan Rodgers this week.

    The Reds secured a 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Boxing Day in what was their third consecutive victory for the first time this season, to move up to sixth in the Premier League table and edge closer to the Champions League places.

    The signing of Gakpo is a coup for Liverpool and Klopp

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    The signing of Gakpo is a coup for Liverpool and Klopp

    Liverpool fans then got another Christmas boost as news emerged that they beaten rivals Manchester United to the signing of PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo.

    In contrast, Leicester’s Christmas schedule began with a 3-0 defeat at home to Newcastle to leave the Foxes down in 13th.

    Liverpool vs Leicester: talkSPORT coverage  

    This Premier League clash will take place on Friday, December 30. 

    Kick-off at Anfield is scheduled for 8pm. 

    talkSPORT will have live coverage of the game with commentary coming from Joe Shennan and Micky Gray.

    talkSPORT.com will also be running a live blog of the match too.

    To tune in to talkSPORT through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Salah was on target for Liverpool for the 172nd time

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    Salah was on target for Liverpool for the 172nd time

    Liverpool vs Leicester: Team news

    Liverpool are without several stars through injury, with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Arthur Melo all unavailable.

    Roberto Firmino and James Milner are unlikely to feature either, having missed the win over Villa with minor injuries.

    Ibrahima Konate returned to training this week following his World Cup exploits but the game against Leicester could come too soon for the French defender.

    The hosts will not be able to play new signing Gakpo as the game falls before the transfer window opens on January 1 but he could be unveiled at Anfield ahead of the match should the deal be finalised by Friday.

    As for Leicester, James Maddison is among five players in the treatment room alongside Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Ryan Bertrand and James Justin.

    Maddison’s knee injury worsened at the World Cup in Qatar, where he did not feature for England, and Rodgers says the playmaker is not close to a return.

    Leicester suffered a humbling defeat to Newcastle

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    Leicester suffered a humbling defeat to Newcastle

    Liverpool vs Leicester: What has been said?

    Gakpo has been hailed as a superb signing, however, talkSPORT has been told it could signal the end of Roberto Firmino’s Anfield career.

    “Wow, more goals,” Tony Cascarino told the talkSPORT Breakfast.

    “Just think, they’ve got Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez who you’d like to think will chip in with more goals, and now Gakpo, who is only 23 years old.

    “The most surprising thing about Gakpo is that he’s 6ft 4in but he’s not your traditional centre-forward. He’s very athletic, he’s very quick.

    “He’s so versatile that you can play him in any position in the forward line – and that’s typical of a Klopp signing, that he likes to use certain layers in different positions.

    “But, I think there will be a sad exodus for some players who have been terrific for Liverpool but have their contracts running down.

    “And I think that will be Firmino in the summer [after signing Gakpo].”

    Liverpool vs Leicester: Match facts

    • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games, having netted just three in his first 11 this season. He’s scored 104 left footed goals in Premier League history, just one behind Robbie Fowler’s competition record of 105.
    • Diogo Jota has scored eight goals in his last 10 games against Leicester City in all competitions, including four in four against the Foxes for Liverpool.
    • Leicester conceded as many goals in their 3-0 defeat against Newcastle last time out as they had in their previous eight Premier League games combined. The last time the Foxes both lost and failed to score in consecutive league games was October 2020.
    • Liverpool have won three consecutive league games for the first time this season, though they’ve not managed to keep a clean sheet in their last five. Indeed, the Reds have kept just four clean sheets in their 19 Premier League games since the start of May, with only Southampton, Leeds and Aston Villa keeping fewer among ever-present sides in that time.
    • Leicester have won their last three Premier League away games, as many as they had in their previous 22 on the road (D6 L13). They’ve won these last three by an aggregate score of 8-0 but have never previously won four in a row on the road without conceding in their league history.
    • Liverpool have scored at least once in each of their last 31 Premier League home games (W23 D7 L1), with their only defeat in that time coming against Leeds in October. The last visiting goalkeeper to keep a league clean sheet at Anfield was Fulham’s Alphonse Areola in March 2021.
    • Leicester City are looking to win their final league game in consecutive calendar years for the first time since a run of three between 2012 and 2014.
    • Liverpool’s last league game of 2021 was a 1-0 defeat at Leicester – they’ve not lost their final league game in consecutive calendar years since 1960/1961, against Middlesbrough and Rotherham while in the second tier.
    • Leicester have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League away games against Liverpool (D2), having won three in a row at Anfield between 1997 and 2000 before this run.
    • Liverpool have lost two of their last three Premier League games against Leicester, as many as they had in their previous 17. They did win this exact fixture 2-0 in February last season, however.

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