Klopp blow as pair rated as major doubts for Leicester City clash

"You could see that when they played Manchester City, they had a good game, so they can also win against big teams. If we play our best, we will be hard to play against whoever, and that's the thing we think about".

Leicester could become the first reigning top-flight champion to lose 15 league games within a season since Leeds United in 1992/93.

"We work hard as a group and of course Liverpool has great players", Coutinho said.

"It's two weeks, that's not a real problem".

"But when we have had all the boys together, and I'm not just talking about the first XI, we have shown we are really able to play good football". We think we know that it will happen. "Now we won a game, so it gives us a lot of confidence".

"Dejan Lovren couldn't join us either but he was running today and felt good, he could take a few more steps in the right direction".

The Reds asserted their dominance in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham last time out; a fixture which saw them back to their intense, rapid best.

However, they will not, fortuitously, have lost ground on fourth-placed Arsenal, one point ahead, as they have a blank weekend because of Southampton's involvement in the EFL Cup final.

The Foxes announced that they had parted company with the Italian manager on Thursday night, less than nine months after he led them to the Premier League title.

The Brazilian has been an important influence for the team this term, scoring an overall six goals in 23 matches and has set up seven more for his team-mates.

Liverpool will have to be at the top of their game to avoid a defeat, as they have their own aspirations of finishing in the top four this season and can ill-afford to drop any more points.

  • Julie Sanders