Liverpool predicted the line-up against Leicester City

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Liverpool return to the Premier League with a trip to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday night – their last for the calendar year.

The Reds endured their first postponed match of the season when the Leeds visit scheduled for the second day of Christmas was put on hold. It leaves Liverpool with successive matches against Leicester in various competitions in less than a week after knocking the Foxes out of the Carabao Cup.

Here is the much stronger XI that Jurgen Klopp can put in to make a more comfortable match against the side that forced them to penalties six days ago.

Virgil van Dijk is expected to return from Covid-19 / Malcolm Couzens / GettyImages

Alisson (GK) – Attached to the club until 2027, no other team member has committed more of his future to Liverpool than the 29-year-old goalkeeper.Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Leads the Premier League in expected assists (xA), created chances and passes into the penalty area (per FBref).

Joel Matip (CB) – Three Liverpool players have carried the ball progressively towards goal more than 100 times this season; Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are joined by the surprising inclusion of Matip who has emerged as a penetrating driving force from the depths for the Reds.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) – During the three matches, the Dutch midfielder missed with Covid-19 Liverpool conceded six goals, the same amount they sent over Van Dijk’s last nine appearances for the club.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB) – Liverpool’s postponement of the second day of Christmas ensured that Andy Robertson’s suspension of three matches extends over the crisis clash against Chelsea to start the year (if it were to go ahead). Tsimikas is set to replace the shots for that match and here.

Fabinho can also come back after isolation / Chris Brunskill / Fantasista / GettyImages

Jordan Henderson (CM) – Liverpool’s skippers have made an effort to express concern about the players’ well-being in the face of an ever-congested calendar, but are rarely overlooked for their own side’s starting eleven.

Fabinho (CM) – Should Klopp consider himself available to return from isolation, the impressive midfield screen will serve as a much-needed plug to fill the gaps that Tottenham and Leicester themselves have gone through in recent times.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – With already double Premier League minutes injury limited to last season, he has undoubtedly enjoyed his most consistent – rather than spectacular – form since joining Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah rested in Carabao Cup / Marc Atkins / GettyImages

Mohamed Salah (RW) – With a bit of rare respite for Liverpool’s latest match with the Foxes, there are few safer, more concrete than Salah who line up for the Reds in the middle of the week.

Diogo Jota (ST) – With six goals in nine games (for three different clubs), the Liverpool frontman has scored more goals against Leicester than any other team in his career.

Sadio Mane (LW) – In light of the delayed release date for Premier League players on their way to the Africa Cup of Nations, Mane is one of three members of the Liverpool squad who will not only be able to face Leicester, but also Chelsea this weekend.

You can read 90mins preview of Leicester vs Liverpool here. You can read Leicester’s predicted lineup here.

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