Liverpool looking to heap further pressure on Leicester

It's the champions first game since the departure of Claudio Ranieri

Leicester, Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy, premier league

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (left) and Jamie Vardy. Image: Nick Potts PA Wire/PA Images

Reigning Premier League champions Leicester City welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium tonight looking for a win that will lift them out of the relegation zone.

Leicester sit two points off the bottom of the table in what has been a disastrous defence of their title so much so that Chelsea's win over Swansea at the weekend means they mathematically cannot retain their title anymore.

Claudio Ranieri's sacking last week led to an outpour of anger and disbelief as the man who guided the club to possibly the most unbelievable achievement in football history less than a year ago was shown the door. 

Despite returning with a valuable away goal from their champions league clash with Seville, the Italian was sacked due to concern over the club's league position. They are a staggering 32 points worse off than this time last year. 

Five consecutive league defeats have seen Leicester become involved in a relegation dog-fight and they entertain a Liverpool side tonight who are right in the hunt for a coveted top four finish.

Jurgen Klopp's men endured a miserable January but the return of Saidio Mane from international duty has coincided with a return to form which saw them register a comfortable 2-0 victory over Tottenham at Anfield last time out. 

The Reds won the first meeting between the sides 4-1 back in September and need all three points as they look to keep up in the race for champions league qualification next season.