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Liverpool v Leicester betting tips: Salah could slay Foxes on return

| 08.02.2022
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Preview and odds for Thursday’s Premier League clash

Mo Salah could feature in the matchday squad for the hosts and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the return of his star player can help keep the pressure on Manchester City as we hunt out some Liverpool v Leicester betting tips.  

Liverpool are nine points behind the league leaders, but do have a game in hand and look the most likely to upset the defending champions according to our Premier League winner odds.

They are the heavy 1/4 favourites to win this one against the out-of-sorts Foxes, who are 10/1 to quickly bounce back from a shock FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Nottingham Forest.  

Thursday night’s match at Anfield kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on BT Sport.  

Revenge for the Reds 

Liverpool have given themselves a fighting chance of hunting down City and the absence of Mane and Salah has hardly been noticed in Merseyside as the Reds have continued to entertain and keep the goals flying.  

Their only defeat since November came against Leicester at the King Power during the busy Christmas period and Klopp will be eager to set the record straight here and enact some form of revenge.  

The Reds were completely dominant on that occasion, but came across a spirited Leicester, who battened down the hatches and produced a brave rear-guard display to keep out Salah and co.  

However, Leicester’s sense of cohesion has evaporated since that famous night under the King Power lights and Klopp will be smelling blood following the Foxes’ 4-1 loss to Forest at the weekend.  

They will see this as the perfect opportunity to boost their goal difference and the Reds can be backed at 8/5 to win both halves and also 17/10 to cover a two-goal deficit on the handicap in Liverpool v Leicester betting tips.  

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, Liverpool v Leicester betting tips

Rodgers on rocky ground 

Brendan Rodgers has found himself on shaky ground in the midlands and it would be a cruel twist of fate if a loss to the side he came agonisingly close to guiding to the Premier League title was the final nail in the coffin for his Leicester career.  

Although guiding the Foxes to an FA Cup triumph and regularly having them challenging for European football, Rodgers’ stock is decreasing rapidly at the King Power and he uncharacteristically let loose at his players at the full-time whistle at the City Ground on Sunday. 

Those in the Leicester boardroom may be thinking Rodgers has taken the Foxes as far as he can and their current league position does little to pacify those seeking change in the dugout.  

Sunday’s loss to Championship opposition follows two home games where they have thrown away the chance of three points against both Tottenham and Brighton.  

Rodgers will take some comfort from the fact that Leicester have won the last two league fixtures against Liverpool 1-0 and 3-1 and although current form suggests a repeat is unlikely, those scorelines have odds of 40/1 and 90/1 respectively in Liverpool v Leicester betting tips.  

Leicester have scored at least one in every single fixture since the loss to Chelsea in November and it is 6/4 for them to score exactly one at Anfield, while over 1.5 goals for the visitors can be backed at 3/1.  

If the Foxes are to get anything from this trip to Merseyside then James Maddison may have to play a starring role. He is 6/1 to score Leicester’s first of the game, with it 14/1 for the Englishman to break the deadlock in Liverpool v Leicester betting tips.  

Brendan Rodgers, Leicester, Liverpool v Leicester betting tips.

The Kings of Africa 

Salah and Mane’s quality helped their respective nations reach the final at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mane boarding the plane home from Cameroon with bragging rights following Senegal’s penalty shoot-out victory.  

Mane hit three goals and two assists in his seven games for Senegal, while Salah was instrumental in guiding Egypt to yet another AFCON final and grabbed two while on international duty.  

While Mane is still celebrating his nation’s victory and unlikely to feature, Salah returns to the Premier League looking to pick up from where he left off and will be eager to increase his lead at the top of the Premier League top goalscorer charts. Nearest challenger and teammate Diogo Jota has been unable to eat into his six-goal deficit and Salah will be keen to add to his 16 goals so far as he looks to wrap up a third Premier League Golden Boot.  

The ‘Egyptian King’ is 13/5 to break the deadlock in Liverpool v Leicester betting tips, while if you fancy the 29-year-old to score two or more it is 14/5. He is also 9/5 to outscore the opposition.

Head-to-head 

Leicester’s 1-0 victory in December was far from a fluke in the recent history of these two and surprisingly Liverpool are three games without a victory against the Foxes.  

That last success came in this fixture at Anfield last season when they ran out 3-0 winners and a repeat of that result is 8/1 this time around in Liverpool v Leicester betting tips.  

This fixture has a completely different narrative on Merseyside, where Liverpool are unbeaten since 2000 and they have scored three against the Foxes in both of their most recent two games against Leicester.  

It is 4/5 for the hosts to score three or more, while a Liverpool win in a game involving over 2.5 goals is 3/5.  

Key trends 

Liverpool have scored at least three goals in all but three of their last 10 home fixtures in all competitions and it would be no surprise to see the net bulge with regularity once again, especially when you consider there has been five goals in three of Leicester’s last four.  

The hosts to win a game featuring over 4.5 goals is 23/10 in Liverpool v Leicester betting tips, while it would be no surprise to see both sides finding the scoresheet here at 4/6.  

BTTS and over 3.5 is 23/20 and enters calculations on the current form of both sides, while Liverpool have scored at least one in the first half in five of their last seven and they are 3/5 to find the net first in the opening 45. 

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Adam Morgan