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Leicester City vs Liverpool match preview: Key Foxes defender set to return for relegation battle

The Premier League run-in is well underway, with plenty to be decided at both ends of the table in the closing fixtures including tonight’s clash between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are still in the hunt for the Champions League places, four points behind fourth placed Manchester United, while Dean Smith knows that three points will lift Leicester out of the bottom three and a step closer to another season in the top flight.

We’ve taken a look ahead to all the important information from tonight’s action

Team news

Dean Smith confirmed in his press conference that the Foxes would be without three key players despite having not picked up any fresh injury concerns, instead it just remains James Justin, Jannie Vestergaard and Kelechi Iheanacho who are unavailable.

Ricardo Pereira could return to the starting eleven for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury having made the bench for the 5-3 defeat at the hands of Fulham last Monday.

For Jurgen Klopp he still won’t have either Naby Keita or Roberto Firmino at his disposal, as they join long term absentees Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajetic in the treatment room. Both players are nearing the end of their time on Merseyside and face a race against time to feature again for the Reds.

Referee: Craig Pawson

Pawson has refereed 20 Premier League matches this season issuing 76 yellow cards and one red. Liverpool have won all three games he has officiated this season while Leicester have lost every match under his control this campaign.

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Form guide

Leicester City: Last time out, 5-3 loss (Fulham, away) Last five fixtures: (L,W,D,D,L)

Liverpool: Last time out, 1-0 win (Brentford, home) Last five fixtures: (W,W,W,W,W)

Historic fixture

Leicester City 2 – 0 Liverpool, February 2016

In a year that will always be remembered fondly by Leicester City fans, this was one of the most memorable nights at the King Power. Jamie Vardy scored twice in the second half, including a spectacular long range effort, his first goal from outside of the box that season, helping to take the Foxes a step closer to their first Premier League title

Seven years on and it’s been all change across both clubs, only James Milner and Jordan Henderson are likely to feature for the Klopp’s side in both fixtures and only Vardy remains in the Leicester City ranks with Claudio Ranieri in his sixth managerial job since departing the midlands.

Where to watch

Leicester vs Liverpool gets underway at 8pm BST and will be broadcast on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 6:30 in the build up to kick-off on the Monday Night Football.

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