LIVERPOOL and Leicester are battling it out at Anfield for a place in the last-four of the Carabao Cup.
The Reds haven’t won the EFL Cup since 2012 and it’s four seasons since they battled past the quarter-final stage.
And the Foxes made a dream start, with Jamie Vardy netting twice in the first 15 minutes.
It looked like game on at Anfield after Liverpool roared back through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but James Maddison has restored the two-goal cushion.
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- Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Bradley, Koumetio, Gomez, Tsimikas, Morton, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Williams, Minamino, Firmino.
- Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Thomas, Tielemens, Soumare, Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison, Daka, Vardy.
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Half-Time – Liverpool 1-3 Leicester
Leicester deservedly go into the second half with the advantage after a superb first half performance.
Maddison and Vardy have both been a handful for the Liverpool midfield and defence.
Klopp may have to make some changes if he wants his team to stay in the game and in the competition.
45. Liverpool 1-3 Leicester
Four minutes will be added on.
Leicester continue to press.
The next goal is crucial.
41. Liverpool 1-3 Leicester
Ricardo Pereria goes down injured following a challenge from Morton – who is already on a yellow card.
He is forced off and replaced by Marc Albrighton.
38. Liverpool 1-3 Leicester
Vardy almost claims a hattrick as he capitalises on a mistake from Gomez and goes through on goal once again.
Kelleher does well to get his fingertips to the ball which sends it onto the post.
34. Liverpool 1-3 Leicester
Wow. What a goal from Maddison!
The midfielder picks the ball up in the middle of the pitch before releasing an outstanding shot which flies past Kelleher.
The Liverpool goalkeeper arguably could have done a bit better there, but you cannot deny that it was an excellent strike from the Leicester man.
33. WHAT A GOAL!!!!!
James Maddison scores an absolute screamer!
29. Liverpool 1-2 Leicester
Liverpool have been much more threatening since Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal.
The attack of Minamino, Firmino and Williams are pressing high and taking advantage of defensive errors.
20. Liverpool 1-2 Leicester
Williams sends the ball into the middle of the penalty area from the right where it reaches Firmino.
The Brazilian has no choice but to lay it back to Oxlade-Chamberlain who sends a rocket of a shot past a helpless Schmeichel in goal.
19. GOALLLLLLL LIVERPOOL!!!!
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets one back for the Reds!
What a start!
15. Liverpool 0-2 Leicester
A similar goal to the first but this time it’s Daka with the assist.
Vardy is already proving to be a handful for this Liverpool defence as he is sent cleanly through again before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
14. GOALLLL LEICESTER!!!
Vardy strikes again and doubles the lead!
11. Liverpool 0-1 Leicester
Maddison receives the ball in the middle of the pitch before splitting the defenders and sending a brilliant pass through to Vardy.
The striker shoots low and hard past Kelleher and into the bottom corner.
10. GOALLLL LEICESTER!!!!
Jamie Vardy puts the Foxes ahead at Anfield!
6. Liverpool 0-0 Leicester
The Foxes strike first as Daka makes a driving run towards the Liverpool penalty area, but his effort is saved by Kelleher.
Leicester have a corner, but nothing comes from it.
Leicester get us underway in what promises to be a brilliant fixture.
The teams are out
Schmeichel leads the visitors out of the tunnel.
Henderson leads out Liverpool.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone” rings around Anfield.
A place in the Carabao Cup semi-final is at stake.
Kick-off is minutes away.
Since winning the competition in 2000, Leicester have only reached the semi-final of the League Cup on one occasion – in the 2019/20 season.
The Foxes are winless in their last 10 away meetings with Liverpool in all competitions.
Liverpool are looking to reach the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2016/17.
The Reds are winless in their last four home League Cup games.
Jakub Stolarczyk, Ryan Bertrand, Jannik Vestergaard, Ben Nelson, Nempalys Mendy, Ademola Lookman, Ayoze Perez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Marc Albrighton.
Brendan Rogers has got some strong assets at his disposal.
Marcelo Pitaluga, Ibrahima Konate, James Milner, Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, Kaide Gordon, Jarell Quansah and Max Woltman.
Jurgen Klopp is putting a lot of trust in his young players this evening.
Captain Kasper Schmeichel starts in goal with Ricardo Pereira, Calgar Soyuncu, Boubakery Soumare and Luke Thomas in defence.
Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi, Kiernan Drewsbury-Hall and James Maddison make up the midfield.
Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka start up front.
Caoimhin Kelleher starts in goal for the Reds with Conor Bradley, Joe Gomez, Billy Koumetio and Kostas Tsimikas forming the defence.
Tyler Morton, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain make up the midfield.
Neco Williams, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino start in attack.
The Reds line up in a 4-3-3 formation.
Leicester team news
Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu could potentially make a return after suffering hamstring injuries a few weeks ago.
Multiple members of the squad have been struck by either illness or Covid so it is currently unclear who will be available for selection.
Liverpool team news
Liverpool are missing Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk, Thiago and Curtis Jones after they all tested positive for Covid-19.
Nathaniel Phillips, Adrian, Divock Origi and Harvey Elliot are still unable to play due to injury.
Welcome to Liverpool vs Leicester
Good evening and welcome to SunSport’s coverage of the Carabao Cup quarter-final match-up between Liverpool and Leicester City.
The last time these two sides met was back in February when it was Leicester who came out on top in a 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have been out of action recently and have missed two scheduled fixtures due to a covid outbreak in the squad.
Meanwhile, the Reds have been in fine form and are undefeated in their last nine games.
Source: The Sun