Liverpool 1-3 Leicester City: The Verdict

Stephen Killen

LCFC XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Evans, Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.
LFC XI:
Goals: 80′ Maddison, 82′ Vardy, 86′ Barnes; 67′ Salah
Bookings: 23′ Jones, 71′ Kabak.
Subs: 74′ Perez (on for Albrighton), 87′ Choudhury (on for Tielemans), 90′ Mendy (on for Perez) ; 17′ Thiago (on for Milner), 75′ Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Jones), 87′ Shaqiri (on for Wijnaldum)

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A Liverpool collapse saw three goals in five minutes as James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes turned the game in the hosts’ favour after Mohamed Salah’s second-half opener.

The 28-year-old crowned a brilliant, free-flowing move after Roberto Firmino’s cheeky assist with his placed effort into the back of the net.

But the game was turned on it’s head as VAR firstly came to the rescue of Maddison’s opener.

One soon became two as catastrophy struck when debutant Ozan Kabak collided with Alisson Becker, Vardy walked the ball into the empty net.

The Reds were shell shocked and once again were cut open as Barnes fired home to make it three.

All Square at the Break

Leicester started on the back foot as Liverpool were on the attack from the off.

Salah latched onto a tremendous Henderson pass but under Ricardo Pereira’s challenge, scuppered a good chance.

Kasper Schmeichel brilliantly denied Roberto Firmino from point-blank range, although it would’ve been offside.

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Jamie Vardy came close on the stroke of half-time, he got the wrong side of Jordan Henderson, he failed to find the back of the net rattling the crossbar.

PositivesNegatives
Liverpool started brighter of the two sides.Seemed to be a reluctancy to shoot when they had space.
Jordan Henderson’s defensive playmaking, brilliant finding gaps and splitting the defence.Salah goes down far too easily in goalscoring opportunities.
A rare week off for Liverpool looked to have done some good. The Reds looking sharper. Another injury, adding to Ben Davies, we have James Milner sidelined now.
First Half Reflection

Liverpool Play into Leicester’s Hands

Liverpool were denied by the bar as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected free-kick hit the woodwork.

Salah continued his rich vein of form, Firmino’s flick was expertly placed into the corner.

VAR came into play once again.

Firstly, Thiago was ruled to foul Maddison just outside. From the resulting free-kick, the Leicester attacker made it 10 for the season only for the goal to be ruled offside.

Another check by Stuart Attwell ruled that Daniel Amartey was in fact onside.

The game was turned on it’s head as Vardy poked home into an empty net.

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On his debut, Kabak collided with Alisson after a through ball from Youri Tielemans.

Liverpool were at sixes and sevens when Barnes burst through on goal and placed home.

PositivesNegative
Firmino with a brilliant assist and Salah with an equally good finish. VAR.
Liverpool dominated the possession so made chances pay.Mistakes proving costly.
Defensively cut open for the second and third.
The game changed so quickly,
Second Half Reflection

LFCTR Verdict

Following the game, we asked Liverpool Transfer Room Writers; Richie and Priyasha for their match reaction.

Richie’s Verdict (@Slack_9)

A flabbergasted Ritchie said: “I can’t put my thoughts into words without laughing. It’s unreal. It truly is.

World-class goal from Firmino and Salah but as soon as the Leicester equaliser goes in heads drop and total capitulation at the back.

“Leicester took their chances, Liverpool didn’t. We have to sort this out very very quickly or we will not only be fighting for CL qualification, we will be out of the CL too.”

Full faith that we can turn it around. It’s just a matter of when. YNWA

Priyasha’s Verdict (@lfcpriya11)

Priyasha was in disbelief, she said:”I’m actually in shock that the final result is 3-1 to Leicester.

We were all over them for 70 minutes, a six minute spell from the Midlands team suddenly saw them 3-1 up.

“Alisson was entirely to blame for the 2nd goal, his 3rd mistake in two games.

The absolute collapse of the team mentality after the mistake was painful to watch and reeked of the Anfield match against Atletico Madrid.

Stephen’s Verdict (@SteKillenLFC)

What just happened? I’m lost for words, I don’t know what else to say.

Liverpool look deflated and lost for answers. It’s not a blip anymore, it’s a very very bad run.

Sorry but Alisson had no right to come for the ball for Vardy’s goal. Following that we looked shellshocked.

Top four is needed and it feels like this season is going to fall by the wayside.

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