Liverpool vs Leicester City Preview: Reds to show off newly-expanded stadium against the champions

Liverpool will play their first home game of the season, in their newly expanded stadium, on Saturday afternoon as they host Leicester City.

Liverpool vs Leicester City Preview: Reds to show off newly-expanded stadium against the champions
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Liverpool face Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, as they look to get off to a perfect start in their newly-upgraded stadium.

The Reds have yet to play a game at home this season due to works going on in the Main Stand, which has significantly increased Anfield’s capacity.

The work over the summer has seen Anfield expanded from 45,362 to 54,074. Whilst the Reds look to show off their new stand, the Foxes will look to show off their new club record signing.

Team news

Claudio Ranieri smashed the clubs record signing towards the end of the transfer window to bring in Islam Slimani from Sporting CP for around £30 million.

The striker could make his debut at Anfield, whilst Kasper Schmeichel is also available after a successful operation. However, the Foxes will still be without Jeff Schlupp and Nampalys Mendy due to injury.

Jürgen Klopp was given a scare during the international break when Sadio Mané was taken off during a match he featured in, but after a few days the Senegalese was given the all clear and is fit to start on Saturday.

Summer signing Loris Karius has returned to full training and could finally make his debut for the club, but is likely to have to make do with a spot on the bench.

Ragnar Klavan and Emre Can have been ruled out due to injuries.

The opposition

Leicester City pulled off the impossible last year winning the Premier League and did well to retain some of their big names over the summer.

N’Golo Kante left the club, but the Foxes managed to tie down Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to new contracts.

During the summer, Claudio Ranieri broke their club record twice by signing two strikers. The first was Ahmed Musa, who was brought in for £16 million, followed by Slimani.

The Premier League champions haven’t got off to the best starts this season, having only one once in their opening three games.

Head-to-head

Last year, Jürgen Klopp’s men were one of only of two teams to beat the Premier League champions. The Reds won 1-0 last season at Anfield, but Leicester won 2-0 during the return fixture.

During the Foxes last five visits to Anfield, they have only picked up one point having lost four. Liverpool are on an unbeaten 12-match run at Anfield.