Live match preview – Liverpool vs Leicester 22.12.2021

Team news, stats and how to follow Liverpool-Leicester in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-finals; kick-off 19:45.

Team news

Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago are expected to stay out for Liverpool after the positive results at Covid-19. Jordan Henderson is also recovering from his illness.

Divock Origi, Nathaniel Phillips, Harvey Elliott and Adrian all remain sidelined with injury, while Andy Robertson serves the first of a three-match ban after Sunday’s red card against Tottenham.

In the last round eight weeks ago, Liverpool made 11 changes, with Academy graduates Tyler Morton and Harvey Blair making their full debut with five other peers on the bench. It seems likely that Liverpool will draw on those reserves again.

“We always rely on them. The only thing if you want to have a healthy club is to have an adequate internal path, that the Academy is important, that the Academy has the opportunity to improve within our club to become players of the first team, “said Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders.

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Pepijn Lijnders, Liverpool assistant manager, says the four players who tested positive at Covid will not return to action, despite the busy holiday schedule

“That’s why we build our team as we build it, because we give so many opportunities to young players. This year we have five debuts with Liverpool in the League Cup. It’s healthy, it’s something we want.

“We have the talents – it’s not like we don’t – but we want to give them the opportunity to grow within our club.

“If (senior level) players aren’t available, we see it as a challenge, but it’s something that will create new players and that’s what we want too, so it’s just a good thing.”

Leicester has had Premier League matches against Tottenham and Everton postponed following a Covid outbreak at the club, so it remains to be seen who will be available at Anfield.

Jannik Vestergaard, Hamza Choudhury, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez and Ademola Lookman all missed matches against Napoli and Newcastle this month due to coronavirus-related illness and problems.

Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu both sustained hamstring injuries during the Foxes’ last game against the Magpies on December 12 and may have had enough time to recover without losing a match. Daniel Amartey will return to the squad after his recent absence.

How to follow

Follow Liverpool vs Leicester on our live match blog. The highlights will also be posted on the Sky Sports digital platforms and on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after full-time.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s match against Liverpool in the Premier League

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Eight statistics

  • This will be the third League Cup match between Liverpool and Leicester: the Reds won 4-1 in the third round in 1986-87 (Steve McMahon scored a hat-trick), while the Foxes won 2-0 in the third round in 2017 -18.
  • Leicester have not won in their last 10 away games against Liverpool in all competitions (D2 L8), having won three straight wins at Anfield between 1997 and 2000 prior to this.
  • Liverpool are looking to reach the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2016-17. They have only made it to the quarters once since then, losing 5-0 at Aston Villa in 2019-20.
  • Since winning the competition in 2000, Leicester have reached the League Cup semi-finals in only one of their last 21 seasons, in 2019-20.
  • Liverpool have not won in their last four League Cup home games (P2 S2), although one of those draws ended in a penalty win against Arsenal. It is the Reds’ longest ever winless run at Anfield in the competition.
  • Leicester have not won in their last 10 League Cup games against other Premier League teams (8N S2), although five of those eight draws have resulted in the Foxes moving on to penalties.

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