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Summary

  1. Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, Origi.
  2. Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, King, Kante, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Schmeichel misses the ball, Liverpool clear. Benteke races forward, six home players on two away men, they've got to score! But they don't...

    Anyway it does not matter as the final whistle goes seconds later. All over at Anfield!

    Go here for all the reaction. See you later!

    Klopp
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Leicester long throw. Keeper Schmeichel races forward...

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Ah, your classic running-the-clock-down technique! Liverpool bring Lucas on for Coutinho to shore up the midfield as Liverpool try to negotiate the final few moments... 

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Four minutes of stoppage time. Is Leicester's unbeaten run going to be ended at Anfield? Or is there still time for the visitors....

    Fuchs
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    This could be a match-saving block! Emre Can sticks a boot in the way as Andy King tries to turn in from close range. Leicester pack the box for a long throw, but the home side escape!

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Jordan Henderson storms forwards and tries to pick out Philippe Coutinho who is square inside the Foxes box. But the away side clear. Into the final few minutes....

    Henderson
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    A few gaps are appearing in the Leicester defence as Liverpool threaten to grab a second.

    Ranieri
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Liverpool almost seal the win! Philippe Coutinho strikes from distance, the ball dipping and swerving, before landing on the roof of the Foxes net.

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Into the last 10 minutes....

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Claudio Ranieri rolls the tactical dice for a final time....and comes up with a number 19. That's £9m man Andrej Kramaric who hasn't made much impact since arriving in January.

    Off comes *gasp* Riyad Mahrez. With Vardy and now Mahrez hooked that's Leicester deprived of 29 goals....

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Adam Lallana tumbles in the Leicester box under a robust challenge from N'Golo Kanté. But the Leicester man gets the ball and ref Martin Atkinson waves a pleading Lallana up to his feet.

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    You wouldn't bet against Leicester clawing their way back into this match. No sign yet though...

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Leicester almost nab a leveller! Liverpool have keeper Simon Mignolet to thank for still being ahead, the Belgian reacting quickly to push away Foxes substitute Nathan Dyer's sweeping close-range effort.

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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Less than 20 minutes of normal time for Liverpool to hold on. Less than 20 minutes of normal time for Leicester to avoid losing for the first time in 10 Premier League matches....

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is ringing the changes. Off comes *gasp* Jamie Vardy. Off comes Shinji Okazaki. On come Leonardo Ulloa and Nathan Dyer as the Italian tinkers his attacking options.

    Vardy
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    After probing mostly down the right flank, Liverpool's goal ended up coming from down the left! You can see how Roberto Firmino (11) picked out Christian Benteke (9) to finish.

    Liverpool
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Right then, it's time for Leicester to answer that question that everyone has been asking - what are they made of when the going gets tough? No instant response. Well, apart from Wes Morgan kicking a lump out of a Liverpool opponent.

    Ranieri
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    Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Kevin Kilbane

    Former Everton winger on Final Score

    "Leicester have scored in every game this season, could the run come to an end today? It was a good goal from Christian Benteke, who stretched to finish it for Liverpool."  

  20. GOAL - Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

    Christian Benteke

    What a response! Moments after being discarded as a lost hope by Reds fan Chris Wright (see below), Christian Benteke responds with the opening goal!

    The Belgium striker, who is only on the pitch as a substitute because of Divock Origi's first-half injury, stretches out his right boot to stroke in Roberto Firmino's pull-back. Quality pick out by the Brazilian.

    Benteke
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  22. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool are targeting the Leicester left flank - shown below in our graphic - as they continue probing for the opener. Jordan Henderson finds space to whip the ball into Christian Benteke, but he cannot keep down his 10-yard header.

    Liverpool
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool are still huffing and puffing. Sharp movement from Roberto Firmino as he peels off in the right channel to pick up Nathaniel Clyne's pass and drill towards the six-yard box. But Foxes skipper Wes Morgan - not for the first time - scurries across to block.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    I know a man who would have loved to be racing on to that Jordan Henderson pass (see the previous entry) - Daniel Sturridge. Unfortunately we have just the perennially-injured Liverpool striker sat in the Anfield stands sipping on a warm cuppa.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Hollywood stuff from Jordan Henderson! The Liverpool skipper wins possession, takes a touch, looks up, then pings a 50-yard diag to Christian Benteke. But the burly Belgian can't accelerate away from the away defence, unable to pick out a red shirt when he goes back inside.

    Henderson
  26. Premier League latest scores

    We've been experiencing some issues this afternoon with our scores updating. So, just to be clear, here is how things stand in the Premier League:

    Latest scores:

    Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

    Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Chelsea 1-2 Watford

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Man City 4-0 Sunderland

    Swansea 1-0 West Brom

    Tottenham 2-0 Norwich

    Result from earlier:

    Stoke 2-0 Man Utd

  27. YELLOW CARD - Emre Can

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Ouch! Jamie Vardy crumbles to the ground, clutching the back of his right calf after being raked by Emre Can. The Liverpool midfielder pleads his innocence, but referee Martin Atkinson isn't buying it. Booked.

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  29. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    The Kop raises the volume as Liverpool win their first corner in front of those supporters. But it is a disappointing delivery from Philippe Coutinho, who can't beat the first Leicester man.

    Liverpool
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    Liverpool 0-0Leicester

    Oh dear! Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho has bit of a meltdown as Leicester put him under pressure in his own half. Shinji Okazaki breathes down the back of the Frenchman's neck as he scuffs a backpass to centre-back partner Dejan Lovren. Then Sakho can only find a blue shirt when receives the ball back from Simon Mignolet. Fortunately, for him, Leicester can't punish the home side.

    Okazaki
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Early half-chance for Leicester within seconds of the kick-off. A high ball drops to Jamie Vardy, who tries to smash a rasping volley towards the top corner. However, the Leicester striker mis-hits the ball and it spins easily into Simon Mignolet's gloves.

  32. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester saunter out of the dressing room a good 90 seconds or so after their opponents. Maybe Claudio Ranieri was taking his time to get his instructions across. The Foxes restart the action...

    Ranieri
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Jurgen Klopp is the first face of footballing repute to reemerge from the Anfield tunnel. The Liverpool boss is afforded a generous round of applause as his skipper Jordan Henderson points and gestures to the areas where he wants Christian Benteke to run when the action restarts.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    In contrast, Leicester have barely had a sniff of goal so far. Three shots, only one on target. And one horror from Shinji Okazaki - which I didn't spot during the first half - that almost cleaned out the corner flag.

    Liverpool v Leicester
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool had plenty of efforts at the Leicester goal - 15 to be precise. However, only two have hit the target (as shown by the two green arrows in the graphic below).

    Liverpool v Leicester
  36. Half-time stats

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool v Leicester
  37. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Plenty of endeavour from Liverpool but, I suppose, a lack of quality in the final third. Reds fans should remain positive though that a goal could come if their team remains positive.

    Leicester too will be pretty happy. The Foxes, despite offering little attacking threat, have been organised and resolute defensively.

    Which way will it go after the break? Hard to tell. So don't go anywhere!

  38. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Two minutes of injury time, we are reliably informed by the fourth official. Adam Lallana receives the game's first yellow card for not retreating at a Leicester free-kick. Silly.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool go left as they lump the ball towards Christian Benteke - and he is unceremoniously shoved to the the turf by Wes Morgan. Free-kick. But it is wasted by Philippe Coutinho, who only finds the top of the Leicester wall from the left flank.

    Benteke
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Anyone going to snaffle a lead to take into the break? Liverpool edge forward down the right flank...

  41. GREAT SAVE!

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester almost nick the opener! Liverpool's defence fails to clear properly when Marc Albrighton clips in from the left flank. The ball falls to Riyad Mahrez, who slaloms through the home players before fizzing a rising shot from 20 yards. Simon Mignolet is equal to it though, acrobatically pushing over his own bar.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    All a bit quiet since that change. Christian Benteke has hardly had a sniff yet.

  43. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Yep, Divock Origi cannot continue. And that's a shame because he has looked lively. On comes Christian Benteke in his place.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Oh dear. Divok Origi's afternoon looks to be over as he sits disconsolate on the Anfield turf. Appears to be a hamstring injury.

    Origi
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Showboat! Philippe Coutinho cheekily backheels into the path of Emre Can, whose shot from 25 yards loops off an away defender and into the hands of Kasper Schmeichel.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    So far so good from Liverpool. Apart from not bagging, of course. The Reds are staying patient, trying to pull apart the away defence. Leicester fans will be reasonably happy too though, their side has stayed resolute without offering much on the break.

    Simpson
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool are winning 5-0 in the shots-at-goal scoreline. Dejan Lovren is the latest to have a pop, escaping his marker to meet Jordan Henderson's free-kick with a stooping header. But he cannot generate enough power - or direction - to trouble Kasper Schmeichel.

  48. Vardy's having a party (but not today)

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    I've barely mentioned Jamie Vardy - until now. The industrious Marc Albrighton does well down the left flank, winning the ball before flicking towards the England striker. But he can't jump high enough to stick his forehead on the ball. That's as much as Leicester have threatened since the opening stages.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Divock Origi is pumped! The Liverpool forward looks the likeliest to break the deadlock, again going close. Well, I say close...he lashes well over the bar after wriggling into space in the right channel of the Foxes box.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Divock Origi is asking questions of the Leicester defence with his pace and movement. The Liverpool striker peels off to the left, picks up Philippe Coutinho's pass and shoots low at the near post. However, Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel is there to block.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Emre Can is not known for his goalscoring prowess - but the Liverpool midfielder almost grabs only his second Premier League goal.

    The German tries his luck from 20 yards but he cannot beat Kasper Schmeichel at his near post.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    All gone a bit scrappy. Liverpool still probing without much joy. Leicester struggling to find momentum.

    Lallana
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool have been dominating the opening 20 minutes - and here's the evidence. The Reds are hogging possession and shading territory...

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Is it in? Is it wide? Half of Anfield is unsure as Adam Lallana fizzes a shot goalwards from a tight angle. 

    It isn't in. The Liverpool midfielder hits the side-netting, with ball clinging onto the back of the net to fool those squinting across from the Kop.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester make a half-hearted penalty appeal as Shinji Okazaki tumbles under the attention of Reds defender Mamadou Sahko. Seen them given - but it would have been soft. Moments later, Liverpool spring forward and Philippe Coutinho wildly slashes over the Leicester bar with his second shot of the afternoon.

    Okazaki
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

    "Liverpool are dominating so far, but without really hurting Leicester, and we all know how incisive Claudio Ranieir's side can be on the counter attack."

    Vardy
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Divock Origi has been given the nod up front for Liverpool, with fellow Belgian Christian Benteke sat twiddling his thumbs on the bench. Origi offers more movement than Benetek, showing his sharpness again with another positive run. But Coutinho's pass is too strong and Kasper Schemichel collects.

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    Anfield has found its voice. The home side have the win - and it is blustery in Liverpool - in their sails. Plenty of pressure from the Reds - can they make it count?

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Excellent pressure from Liverpool around the away penalty area. Divock Origi is almost sent scampering clear, but Wes Morgan gets across to block. Corner. Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel flaps at the set-piece but there isn't a red shirt there to poke in.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool are enjoying most of the possession in the past few moments. Patient play from the hosts as they try to pick a hole in the away defence.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester, as you would expect, are happy to sit back and pounce on the counter. Liverpool being asked to play in front of the well-drilled Foxes. No forward incision yet. The Reds win a free-kick inside their own half when Marc Albrighton clunks the shins of Nathaniel Clyne. 

    Vardy
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Riyad Mahrez, however, hasn't won the plaudits for his defensive play - it is attacking attributes which have wowed the country. Here's why. A quick free-kick sets the Algerian away down the right, dancing past Philippe Coutinho and Alberto Moreno before drilling a low cross towards the near post. Mamadou Sakho hacks clear.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Liverpool have the first effort on goal. Alberto Moreno scampers down the left, laying off to Philippe Coutinho. Any danger? Doesn't look to be, until Coutinho accelerates inside Riyad Mahrez and dangerously curls past the far post.

    Coutinho
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    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    I'd love to tell you that it has been a high-octane, helter skelter start. But it hasn't. Leicester defender Christian Fuchs sloppily gives away possession but atones for that error to win back the ball for the visitors.

  66. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

    "I watched Liverpool's 3-0 defeat by Watford and I saw that Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney had more desire than Jurgen Klopp's players. 

    "Watford beat them up physically, and in the way they went about the game - their mentality - too. That will be have been a real disappointment for Klopp. I expected better things from him."

  67. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Jurgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri enjoy a warm embrace on the touchline, whispering a few words into each other's ear. The Kop gives itself a round applause for a particularly ear-splitting, vigorous scarf-waving rendition of Gerry and the Pacemakers.

    Then we're down to the nitty gritty. Liverpool win the toss and kick off the action....

    Ranieri and Klopp
  68. LINE-UPS

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Who wants a quick check of the teams? Excellent. Here you go....

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, Origi. Subs: Toure, Benteke, Lucas, Allen, Bogdan, Teixeira, Randall. 

    Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, King, Kante, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: De Laet, Kramaric, Ulloa, Dyer, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler. 

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  69. Post update

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    "We're top of the league, we're top of the leaguuuue, we're Leicester City, we're top of the league!!" chant the away fans. Indeed you are.

    Jordan Henderson and Wes Morgan lead the sides out, handshakes are completed. Time for one thing before kick-off...

    Yup, the stadium DJ has found that You'll Never Walk Alone CD....

  70. Klopp not surprised by Foxes

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Leicester's success: "I am not surprised any more, no one is surprised any more. They have quality and it is deserved.

    Leicester don't need many chances to score. We have to avoid starts like we had too often this season. I would like to defend a 1-0 and not always strike back from 0-1. We need to be concentrated from the first second."

  71. Post update

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    The packed away end is, unsurprisingly, making some racket from the Anfield Road stand. Each name on the away teamsheet is greeted with a huge roar when it is read out.

    The Liverpool fans look a bit glummer as they await the two teams - luckily their gaffer Jurgen Klopp is flashing that trademark toothy grin. Both sets of players are lining up in the tunnel...

  72. Lawro's prediction

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Liverpool v Leicester

    It is 'man versus machine' this week. Our man Mark Lawrenson takes on a state-of-the-art super-computer called SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) in his weekly prediction game - find out here what they have plumped for.

  73. Play our Predictor Game

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Liverpool v Leicester

    Leicester are leading the pack in the Premier League - and they are doing the same in our Predictor league table.

    Liverpool fans, like their side, are scrapping around in mid-table. You can help maintain/improve your team's form by having your say in our Predictor game.

    You can also check out the Predictor league table and see whether your predictions are better than Mark Lawrenson's guesses.

    What are you waiting for? Get involved.

  74. Friends reunited

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Claudio Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri has revealed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp helped him recover from his sacking by Greece.

    The Leicester boss visited Klopp's ex-club Borussia Dortmund at a training camp earlier this year following his sacking from the Greece national team last November. 

    "They were in La Manga in Spain, I went there," said Ranieri. "I had my Greece player there (Sokratis Papastathopoulos) I called him and asked if Klopp would agree. 

    "I watched Pep Guardiola, I watched Bayer Leverkusen last winter, I was in Germany three times.

    "I have a lot of spirit for this, for this reason, it's a great experience, I want to see and I want to learn."

  75. Get involved

    So let's attempt to answer Steve Bower's question - how far can Leicester go? Apologies for the lack of creativity around our discussion topic, but that is what we're all talking about.

    But don't feel left out Liverpool fans! Tell me how you think your team will fare over the rest of the season. In 140 characters tell me where both sides will finish in May - I'll start....Leicester 5th, Liverpool 6th.

    Tweet me your thoughts - and keep it clean...

  76. Can Leicester be stopped?

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Steve Bower

    BBC football commentator at Anfield

    "The question on everyone's lips is 'how far can this incredible Leicester story can go?'

    "If they can come out of the hectic festive schedule in positive fashion then the belief that it could reach fairytale proportions will only increase.

    "Fresh from a win across Stanley Park last weekend, they will fancy their chances of another three points on Merseyside.

    "This is an important game for Liverpool, who haven't won in their last three league matches. Their headline-grabbing performances under Jurgen Klopp so far have all come away and they need to improve at Anfield.

    "Their first challenge is to become the first team to stop Leicester scoring all season."

  77. 'Klopp still has work to do'

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

    "There are massive positives but some of Jurgen Klopp's ideas haven't transferred to performances on the pitch. It is not just the results, but the performances on the pitch too.

    "Leicester will sit deeper but no-one is better than them on the break. There is no fear when they go forward."

  78. Post update

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is stood, as usual, arms folded close to the halfway line. The German surveys the scene as the Liverpool players go through their warm-up drills. The Anfield floodlights are already turned up to the max, dark skies hovering over Merseyside.

  79. Leicester team news

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Leicester

    Leicester make just the one change from the 3-2 win at Liverpool's neighbours Everton last weekend. German defender Robert Huth is back after suspension, replacing Marcin Wasilewski alongside skipper Wes Morgan.

    That means Jamie Vardy, the Premier League's top scorer with 15 goals, starts up front. The England man limped off with a hamstring injury but it was not "serious" according to Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri.

    Good news for fantasy football managers....

  80. Liverpool team news

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet returns from a hamstring injury as Jurgen Klopp makes three changes to the side which lost 3-0 at Watford.

    Centre-back Dejan Lovren is fit after a knee injury, replacing the injured Martin Skrtel. Striker Divock Origi starts as midfielder Lucas Leiva drops to the bench, where he will sit alongside Christian Benteke.

    Liverpool
  81. Post update

    Liverpool v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

    Even the most optimistic of Leicester supporters could not have wished last Christmas for what they have received from their team this year. Come on, be honest - you didn't did you?

    Liverpool fans are desperate for a similar change in fortunes - is Jurgen Klopp the man to make it happen? Seismic swattings of Chelsea and Manchester City suggested so, but recent humblings against West Brom and Watford have dampened excitement levels.

    The Reds are ninth - 14 points adrift of today's rivals...

    Liverpool v Leicester
  82. Post update

    Liverpool v Leicester

    Last Christmas, Leicester supporters were miserably munching through their mince pies. Their team had lost 12 matches in a row and were rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. The Championship, seemingly, beckoned.

    This Christmas, Foxes fans are feeling the festive fun. Their team are TOP of the Premier League, two points clear of Arsenal.

    What a difference a year makes....

  83. Post update

    Welcome to our live page for Liverpool v Leicester City. We’ll have text commentary here from 14:30 GMT and there is also 5 live commentary from 15:00 GMT. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today’s games here.