Liverpool are perfect so far. Three games played, three games won, and no goals conceded. Leicester haven’t been bad either. They lost on opening night at Old Trafford, although arguably out-played Manchester United on the way to a 2-1 defeat, and have won their last two.
This is the first real test for Jurgen Klopp. His team are rightly considered one of the main challengers to Manchester City this season, but they’ve yet to face anyone of great significance – that changes here.
• Claude Puel will be without Jamie Vardy again, as he completes a three-game suspension.
• Liverpool’s only absentees are long-term, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dejan Lovren out for the foreseeable future.
• New signing Fabinho is yet to be seen in the Premier League and he’s unlikely to feature here again, with Klopp expected to persist with Naby Keita, James Milner and Georgionio Wijnaldum in midfield.
• Demarai Gray, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton will start for the hosts behind forward Kelechi Iheanacho.
• Liverpool did the double over Leicester last season, winning 2-1 at home and, in September, 3-2 at the King Power thanks to a late missed penalty from Jamie Vardy.
• Leicester’s last league win over Liverpool came in February 2017 (3-1).
• Across the first three games, Liverpool have averaged 19 shots per game to Leicester’s 9.
• Liverpool have averaged 61% possession to Leicester’s 48% this season.
• Both teams are averaging 1 booking per game.
• Klopp’s team are currently scoring at 2.3 goals per game, Puel’s at an equally healthy 1.7.
• Sadio Mane’s is Klopp’s top-scorer (3), but Mohamed Salah is averaging more shots – currently 5.3 per game.
• Georginio Wijnaldum has played all 270 minutes of his side’s Premier League campaign so far, completing an impressive 94.5% of his passes.
• On average, James Milner is committing over twice as many fouls as his teammates, currently giving away 2.7 free-kicks per game.
• Mohamed Salah is averaging 4 key passes per game.
• Demarai Gray and Wilfried Ndidi are both averaging 2 shots per game for Leicester.
• Ben Chilwell is averaging 1.3 key passes per game.
• James Maddison is currently being fouled 3.7 times per game.
• Over 59% of Leicester’s shots this season have come from outside the box.
• Only Chelsea and Manchester City have a better passing completion percentage this season than Liverpool’s 88.9%.
• Only Manchester City are averaging more shots per game.
• Liverpool are also conceding fewer shots on average (6.3) than any team in the league.
Mohamed Salah to score first: 13/5
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