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Fairy-tales usually end with a ‘happy ever after’, but for Claudio Ranieri and Leicester, it has quickly turned into a nightmare, with the Italian’s departure from the club being one of the most brutal sackings in recent times. Leicester will take on Liverpool on Monday night at the King Power stadium to begin things without the man who led them to their incredible Premier League success story. The last time these two met at the same venue more than a year ago, Jamie Vardy’s spectacular goals ensured a 2-0 victory against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
However, this season, Leicester sit just one point away from the drop zone after a six-match winless streak. And Liverpool have managed only two wins out of their 11 outings in all competitions so far in a disastrous beginning to 2017, which has seen them being eliminated from the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
A recent 2-0 win over title rivals Tottenham somehow managed to give the team bit more confidence with Sadio Mane scoring his first goals since returning from the AFCON.
For Leicester, the striking duo of Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa are both fighting to be fit for the game with groin and thigh injuries to the players respectively.
The team news for Liverpool is that central defender Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the trip because he is struggling with a knee injury and striker Daniel Sturridge is suffering from a viral infection which may exclude him from the team-sheet.
The Reds emerged comfortably victorious in their previous encounter as it finished 4-1 in September. However, they will still need to be at their very best to make sure they get a decent result, despite being favorites for the match and to reignite their title challenge.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Mahrez, Musa, Vardy.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Coutinho, Mane.