Mane boost for Liverpool

Ahead of the match, manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his team to make the most of the home advantage, while Leicester manager Cladio Ranieri stated that he thinks the Reds are one of the title favourites.

The upshot is an increased 8,500 capacity thanks to a new Main Stand and Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund for seven years before their famously vociferous Signal Iduna Park faithful, is a fan of his revamped surroundings.

"Tuesday was the first time since the Chelsea game (on May 11) that I'd been to Anfield".

Leicester's response to losing their opener has been impressive and they have looked more like the side that won the league in their last two games. What they've done there is fantastic.

"We have to use the power of the club and our supporters and if we do this every week it will work".

"Four points does not feel too good, but it's not really bad". The approach to Anfield has been an embarassament in recent years, as urban decay has been juxtaposed with the vaulting wealth of the Premier League.

Liverpool did have an injury scare while Sadio Mane was out on global duty, but it was not a serious issue and he's set to start against the Foxes.

Leicester became the first Premier League champions to lose their season opener when they were beaten 2-1 away at Hull City on Aug.13.

"Leicester are aggressive, well organised, very direct". With the Foxes playing a counter-attacking brand of football, they will get Liverpool on the break at some point during the match.

I love some bluenoses jealousy at the new main stand, we've added 10k seats & all they can mention is a few temporary restricted views.

Karius is closing in on his Liverpool debut as the Germany Under-21 global continues his rehabilitation from a broken hand which the summer signing suffered during their pre-season tour of United States. We want to go to the best teams in the world and give them hell in the moment we face them - in Manchester, in London, wherever I don't care.

"He didn't play football for a long time, he needs to play football". A draw seems a likely result in the context of everything, which will suit Leicester more than it does for Liverpool. But also we have the chance to put the high ball in and he makes the second ball, and also he is very competitive and presses very well.

But at a young age and with little experience in his new environment, he is realistic in his expectations of his first season on Merseyside. "Nobody plays at their best".

  • Steve Townsend