Liverpool (7/1 to win Premier League) manager Jurgen Klopp believes his current squad is the “strongest” he has had during his time at Anfield, as the Reds remain in the hunt to win four competitions this season.
It has certainly been an impressive campaign to date for Liverpool, as they have already booked their place in this month’s EFL Cup final, while they are also still going strong in the FA Cup and Champions League, while they are the only realistic challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
City re-established a 12-point lead at the top of the standings thanks to their 2-0 victory over Brentford on Wednesday, but Liverpool do boast two games in hand on the reigning champions, one of which will come at home to Leicester City on Thursday (Liverpool 2/9, Draw 6/1, Leicester 11/1 – Match Result).
Klopp is likely to have Mohamed Salah (1/4 to be Premier League top scorer) back in his squad for that clash, with the leading scorer in this season’s Premier League having returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Egypt.
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Fellow AFCON participant Sadio Mane is unlikely to feature, while captain Jordan Henderson is nursing a back problem, but other than that Klopp has a fully fit squad to choose from and he believes he has never had more strength in depth at his disposal.
“It’s the first time in my life I’ve been in this position because in Germany we only have three competitions – two plus the Champions League,” Klopp told reporters, as per The Guardian.
“This is the strongest squad, there is no doubt about that. If that wasn’t the case then that means that we have got weaker over the years.”
Thursday’s opponents Leicester claimed a 1-0 victory over Liverpool when the two sides met at the King Power Stadium back in December, but the Foxes have not won in the league since that triumph and were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship outfit Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
Injuries and defensive issues have hampered Brendan Rodgers’ side throughout the campaign, and the Northern Irishman, who will be returning to his former club on Thursday after spending over three years in the Anfield dugout, has admitted in the build up to the game that he is “under pressure”.
Leicester have no fresh injury concerns to contend with heading into the trip to Merseyside, although Ryan Bertrand, Timothy Castagne, Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana and Jamie Vardy all remain sidelined.
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