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Liverpool vs Leicester: will Reds win in Boxing Day hunt?

Liverpool at home but it is the Foxes who will scent blood against Klopp's patched up defence

It says much about the topsy-turvy nature of the Premier League this season that the most mouthwatering game on offer on Boxing Day pits Liverpool agaisnt Leicester.

One team is top of the league and the other is coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Watford, but surely no-one would have thought that the Foxes would be top and the Reds the ones licking their wounds.

Leicester will fancy their chances against Jurgen Klopp's side, who will be without defender Martin Skrtel at the back and could also be missing Dejan Lovren and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Last week it was Leicester's defence that looked there for the taking, as Wes Morgan led the line without Robert Huth for the first time this season. Everton may have scored twice, but Claudio Ranieri's team still triumphed as they outscored the opposition yet again.

This time round, Huth will be back and the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will be licking their lips at the chance to have a go at Liverpool's patched up back line.

Liverpool were less than impressive against Watford and when it comes to Klopp's fabled 'gegnpress' style, the Foxes have proved that they can press with the best this season.

Much then will depend on the other key feature that Klopp has focused on since arriving at Anfield - the crowd. The German was dismayed by the attitude of the fans when he pitched up and he will be hoping that the Kop's festive cheer will carry his side to victory.

Not everyone is convinced. Mark Lawrenson of the BBC predicts a draw, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson agrees, while Goal.com gives Liverpool a slight edge

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