Liverpool showed the toughness of champions today as they overcame adversity to defeat Leicester City 2-1. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been on fire since the season got underway and whilst they were expected to find things difficult against the Foxes, they certainly proved that they know how to handle pressure. Of course, given that Leicester have won the Premier League and Liverpool have failed to do so, it’s always interesting to note the parallels between the two.
Following another frantic start by the visitors, in which Mo Salah missed a pretty good opportunity in a rare moment of weakness, Liverpool took the lead courtesy of that man Sadio Mane – who continues to not get the credit he deserves in comparison to several of his teammates. Liverpool took things easy from that point on and seemed fairly comfortable, which, again, isn’t something that is a foreign sight to see for many fans.
A turn for the worst
It took until half time but they did manage to double their advantage, with Firmino sending the Reds fans into the break with a big smile on their faces. It would’ve been easy to assume that the game would’ve been done and dusted from that point, and while they did pick up the three points, it was far from convincing courtesy of a mistake from an unlikely source.
The source was multi-million-pound signing Alisson, who had Liverpool fans wondering whether he was ‘Karius in disguise’ when a piece of overly optimistic play allowed the hosts back into the game. Leicester came forward in numbers as they went in search of the winner, but in the end, they weren’t able to break Liverpool down again in what was a sign of growth for the title contenders.
We have a fortnight to wait before these two teams compete in the top flight once again, with Liverpool having arguably their toughest task of the season thus far to deal with as they take on Tottenham Hotspur. A few hours later Leicester will travel to play Bournemouth, in a game between two teams who will be harbouring not-so-unrealistic hopes of potentially causing a stir in the top eight of the Premier League table.
Leicester: Schmeichel (5), Pereira (6), Morgan (5.5), Maguire (5.5), Chilwell (6), Mendy (6), Albrighton (6), Ndidi (6), Ghezzal (7), Maddison (7), Gray (6)
Liverpool: Alisson (4), Alexander-Arnold (6), van Dijk (7.5), Gomez (7.5), Robertson (7), Henderson (6.5), Wijnaldum (6), Milner (7), Mane (7.5), Firmino (7), Salah (5.5)
Referee: Paul Tierney
Goals: Ghezzal :: Mane, Firmino
Yellow Cards: Mendy, Ndidi, Ghezzal, van Dijk, Milner
Red Cards: N/A
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