Liverpool returned to winning ways at the king Power Stadium where they defeated Leicester City by three-goals to two in a Premier League fixture that was characterized by many goals, explosive football and poor officiating from the central referee, Anthony Taylor.
This was a game the Merseyside club needed to win after failing to get a single win in their last four matches.
With club’s fans and pundits subjecting Klopp to intense criticism, a positive reaction was expected from Liverpool in this game. And the Reds came out in this match with a clear intent to get a win that would prove their doubters wrong and improve their standing on the league table.Despite their defensive lapses in this match,Liverpool were a delight to watch when they attacked their opponent.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a much stronger team that the one that lost to Craig Shakespeare’s team at the same venue a few days ago in the Caraboa cup.
Liverpool started the game on a cautious note, with Dejan Lovren showing signs of nervousness in the early exchanges that was evident in the two misplaced passes he sent out of play when he wasn’t not under intense pressure.
Jamie Vardy, who has turned out to be Liverpool’s nemesis in recent meetings between both clubs, drew a brilliant save from Simon Mignolet with his powerful shot from an oblique angle as early as the sixth minute of the game .
Liverpool dominated game from the onset, with their superior possession football and the speed and fluency of their attackers.
Emre Can shot from outside the eighteen yard box was deflected into play by the goalpost , only for Mohammed Salah to shoot the rebound wide off target from inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
Salah later compensated for the sitter he missed when he headed the curling ball from a Philippe Coutinho’s cross into the net from an oblique angle.
As Liverpool continued to pressed the home side, they won a freekick just outside the eighteen yard box which Coutinho skillfully curled into the net for his side’s second goal.
At the last two minutes of additional time of the first half, Vardy conned the referee into awarding his side a freekick at the edge of Liverpool eighteen yard box.The Leicester City’s goal poacher had thrown his leg backward as he tumbled to the ground when he came under the challenge of Joel Matip, a ruse that fooled Anthony Taylor.
A Leicester City’ corner kick in the dying seconds of the first half was poked into the net by Shingi Okazaki , who had fouled Mignolet in the build up to his goal.
The second half resumed and Leicester came powerfully into the game, peppering Liverpool with high balls and intelligent play from the flanks.
Liverpool’s second half substitute, Daniel Sturridge, was the architect of his side’s third goal of the match. Racing into the opponent’s final third from a counter attack play, he fed a pass to Jordan Henderson inside the homeside’s eighteen yard box and the Reds’ captain hit a curling shot beyond a badly positioned Peter Schmeichel into the net.
Vardy brought his side into contention few minutes after Liverpool’s third goal. He profited from a cross which Mignolet parried right to his front inside Liverpool’s eighteen yard box, and from that unmarked position he headed the ball unerringly into the net.
Vardy almost drew the score of match for his side when he was brought down by Mignolet inside Liverpool’s penalty box, an infringement for which Leicester were awarded a penalty. Television replay showed that Mignolet had cleared the ball before hitting Vardie with his leg. The Belgian international saved Vardy’s penalty which he chose to shot through the centre of the goalpost instead of aiming for either of the far corners, a ruse Mignolet did not fall for.
Liverpool were able to fend off Leicester’s attacking play in the final minutes of the match. The Reds earned the three maximum points with today’s victory and as a consequence gained a significant traction on the league table.