Leicester City vs Liverpool – Match Preview – Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester take on Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Saturday’s final, after both teams saw off Premier League opposition in this year’s Premier League Asia Trophy. The final starts at 20:30 in Hong Kong, 13:30 BST.
Leicester beat West Brom on their way to the final, coming out 7-6 winners in a penalty shoot-out. The game finished 1-1 in normal time, which saw new Albion signing Jay Rodriguez hit the net while a Riyad Mahrez strike helped Leicester level the match up.
Mahrez again proved how vital he is to Leicester, and showed why they are so reluctant to let him leave with a tidy finish from outside the area. The club are believed to have rejected a bid in the region of £20 million for the Algerian, after he submitted a transfer request back in May.
Leicester have added Hull City stopper Eldin Jakupovic, who will be good cover for first choice keeper Kasper Schmeichel. Alongside the signings of Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra, the Foxe’s have had a formidable transfer window and look strong going in to the new season.
Liverpool by contrast dispatched of Frank De Boer’s Crystal Palace side with consummate ease. The Reds came out with a 2-0 win, thanks to goals from new signing Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi. The former Chelsea man could not have wished for a better start with his new club, opening the scoring in the 61st minute on his debut with a great strike.
The last time these two clubs met, the score was 3-1 at the King Power stadium. The match was Leicester’s first since sacking Claudio Ranieri and Liverpool were blown away by the Foxes, with Jamie Vardy scoring a brace. However, the match at Anfield earlier in the season was a different story. Liverpool battered the then Champions of England with a 4-1 victory as they started the season in fantastic fashion.
Leicester have won only two of the last ten meetings between the two sides, losing six. Their last win at Anfield came back in May 2000, with a 2-0 victory. In recent years, this game has served up a lot of goals, with 29 goals coming between the two sides last ten games.
In the ten matches, six of those games have seen both teams score. Whilst the games also tend to be tight, there has only been two draws between the sides since the turn of the millennium.