Foxes want Reds revenge

LONDON • Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said the impending return of some of his key men will represent his "new players" on a quiet transfer deadline day for the club yesterday.

The German said injury-prone Daniel Sturridge would resume training tomorrow, with fellow forward Divock Origi, midfielder Philippe Coutinho and defender Martin Skrtel also set to return from the sidelines by the weekend.

"These are our transfers, four new players for LFC. It's good for us of course," Klopp told a press conference ahead of today's Premier League clash against leaders Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes were beaten by the Reds 1-0 in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day. Arsenal are the only other team to get the better of Leicester so far this season.

Today's game gives Claudio Ranieri's men an opportunity to avenge that defeat in December and offer further proof of their title credentials.

A 3-0 win against an in-form Stoke last week answered many of the doubts about the Foxes, but their next three games will ask more taxing questions. After facing Liverpool, they will take on Manchester City and then Arsenal.

Defender Christian Fuchs said: "We've got three games against big teams and they are important. We want to win against Liverpool and the (5-2) defeat by Arsenal was one of our worst games. It was our biggest defeat of the season and we want to win there. I don't see the game against Arsenal as a title decider. We're just having fun.

"We're all happy and it was an important three points against Stoke. We're solid and we believe in ourselves. We are a really good team on the field and we will try to keep winning. People writing us off isn't a topic for us. We focus on our work and we do it well."

Ranieri will hope to name an unchanged team from the win against Stoke. Winger Jeff Schlupp faces another month on the sidelines with a serious hamstring injury, while midfielder Matty James will not be involved after suffering a minor setback in his recovery from a long-term knee problem.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2016, with the headline 'Foxes want Reds revenge'. Print Edition | Subscribe