Liverpool went into the World Cup break off the back of two consecutive wins in the Premier League but they were yet to string together three in a row this season, always losing the third game. They returned from the break in defeat, losing to Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, but the Reds still had the chance to keep their winning run in the Premier League going on Boxing Day.
Jurgen Klopp’s side traveled to Villa Park to face Aston Villa, a potentially tricky tie as the Villans had been buoyed by the arrival of Unai Emery, but Liverpool quickly calmed any fears with an early Mohamed Salah goal. Further strikes from Virgil van Dijk and Stefan Bajcetic, either side of an Ollie Watkins goal, helped Liverpool secure the 3-1 win and move up to sixth – just five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.
While Liverpool were celebrating, Leicester will have been left ruing the World Cup break. Like Liverpool, Leicester went into the World Cup off the back of two wins which had seen them move away from the relegation zone and ease some of the pressure on Brendan Rodgers, who has always looked close to being on the brink of sacking. But the pressure may be back on.
Leicester were not only beaten by Newcastle on Boxing day, they were comprehensively beaten. The 3-0 defeat at the King Power could have been so much worse if Newcastle wanted it to be, with the Foxes offering very little in terms of threat, even after bringing Jamie Vardy on at half-time. Leicester remain four points clear of the relegation zone, but this was a reminder that they aren’t safe yet.
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Liverpool vs Leicester match stats
As mentioned, Liverpool have won three league games in a row for the first time this season, but they have done that without keeping a clean sheet – conceding in each of their past five matches. However, Leicester’s past nine matches across all competitions have brought an interesting pattern in which both teams haven’t scored, with 10 clean sheets in total (eight wins to nil and one goalless draw).
Mohamed Salah was one of the star names not at the World Cup and it appears the break has done him well. The Egyptian has scored in both of his appearances since football resumed, and has four in his past four in the Premier League overall – having managed just three in his opening 11 league matches this season.
10 February 2022 – Liverpool 2-0 Leicester – Premier League
28 December 2021 – Leicester 1-0 Liverpool – Premier League
22 December 2021 – Liverpool 3-3 Leicester – EFL Cup
13 February 2021 – Leicester 3-1 Liverpool – Premier League
22 November 2020 – Liverpool 3-0 Leicester – Premier League
Liverpool won the last meeting between these two sides, a 2-0 victory at Anfield which saw them end a three-match winless run against Leicester. That run included two defeats in the league, though the 3-3 draw in the EFL Cup did result in Liverpool advancing on penalties en route to winning the trophy last season.