Liverpool visit Leicester City in the Premier League tonight at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp’s team has received a significant injury boost
According to The Guardian, Foxes star James Maddison will miss the game on Merseyside this evening as he seeks medical attention for a knee problem.
According to the source, the Foxes star has been suffering from an unknown knee injury since returning from the World Cup with the England squad and has thus been ruled out of the match against Liverpool on Friday night.
This is wonderful news for Klopp.
It is no secret that Maddison has been one of the Premier League’s standout players this season, so it is certainly good news for Klopp that his side will not need to keep the Leicester star quiet when the Foxes visit on Merseyside.
The 26-year-old talent has scored seven goals, registered four assists, and created three big chances in 13 top-flight appearances this season, while also 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 for the Liverpool backline at Anfield.
Although the Reds won comfortably 3-1 against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, it hasn’t been a simple ride in the Premier League so far, with a number of uneven performances – particularly at the back – contributing to Liverpool’s current sixth-place finish.
Klopp’s team are presently 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal, so a win at Anfield against Leicester tonight will be non-negotiable in their quest to finish in the top four and assure at least Champions League status at the end of the season.
Only two other teams in the top six have conceded more goals than Klopp’s defense this season.
Fortunately, Brendan Rodgers’ team has struggled in their first 16 games and is currently 12th in the league table as a result of a dismal start at the King Power Stadium, with their ninth loss recorded on Monday in a 3-0 setback to Newcastle United.
Having said that, Liverpool must seize their great opportunity to secure all three points tonight, since that Maddison will be unable to play, as a third consecutive victory might help them close the gap on Manchester United in fifth place.