LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Daniel Amartey of Leicester City and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

3 Key Battles That Could Decide Leicester City's Clash With Liverpool on Saturday

Leicester City welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Saturday as the pair face-off for the second time in a week with three points up for grabs in the Premier League.


The Foxes were triumphant mid-week in the Carabao Cup at Anfield - despite a poor showing for the Foxes in the first half. Liverpool will be hoping to reverse the scoreline as they look to secure an important three points in the league.


Here are three battles that could determine the outcome of the game:

1. Shinji Okazaki vs Joel Matip

Shinji Okazaki didn't start the game in midweek but came on shortly after the half-time interval  - he completely changed the run of the game. Liverpool were dominant in the first half but the introduction of the forward gave the Reds something more to think about.


Joel Matip will certainly have his work cut out in the heart of the Liverpool defence as he attempts to limit the chances given to Okazaki as the Japanese international hopes to improve on the one goal he scored against Jurgen Klopp's men in the cup.


The pair have had encounters previously outside of the Premier League when they both featured in Bundesliga - so they will know enough of one another to find weaknesses in their play.

2. Danny Simpson vs Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool's Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho has returned from his back injury following a difficult time during the summer transfer window. However, he played the first half in Carabao Cup against Leicester and his attacking threat certainly put pressure on the Foxes' back line.


Danny Simpson will return at right-back for Leicester and will have trouble dealing with the ability of Coutinho - the midfield maestro has the talent to go outside or come inside with the ball at his feet and he was unlucky not score in the game mid-week.

3. Wilfred Ndidi vs Georginio Wijnaldum

Wilfred Ndidi is a strong and powerful central midfielder in the heart of the Leicester City ranks - he's proven himself to be a big player for Craig Shakespeare and will be difficult to handle this weekend. 


Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will be given the task to break up the play in midfield and keep things tight as the Reds look to secure three points in the Premier League.