Relentless Reds keep pushing for Glory!
This was not going to be an easy game for The Reds given that they have not been in a good form for a few games now. They almost dropped points against Sheffield United and Salzburg. Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand has done an excellent job since his appointment, with only Liverpool and Manchester City getting more points than The Foxes and they showed the reason why that is the case. Coming to Anfield and getting points is not easy, especially when Liverpool have been unbeaten in the league since losing only once last season.
Reds sort of dominated the early game with Leicester but the first real chance for them came in the 30th minute after a corner for Leicester in the 27th . The game was exciting as is expected from a Premier League tie but the end product was missing from both the teams. Liverpool were quite nervy in the game with too many errors, one of which could have resulted in a goal.
Leicester City got a free kick in the 40th minute after a foul by Sadio Mane. Maddison’s delivery was excellent and he found Soyuncu’s head, but Adrian was alert enough to make a great save; even though assistant flagged the Leicester defender offside. Soyuncu had been great in the entire half, giving a good fight to Salah and being a threat going forward. But everything changed when Mane scored in the 41 st minute, getting on the brilliant lofted through ball from James Milner to put it in the netting. That was Mane’s 50th Premier League goal in his 100th game for the Reds with only Aguero scoring more goals than him in 2019. The goal calmed the Reds’ nerves as they had a few chances in quick succession with Schmeichel producing a fine save off one of them. Leicester City tried to respond but the half finished in Liverpool’s favour with Mane justifying his 34 Million price tag yet again.
Sadio Mané has now scored 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool in 100 games; the 10th Liverpool player to achieve the feat.
— footblog90 (@footblog90_) October 5, 2019
Liverpool started the second half on a positive note with Schmeichel saving Salah’s effort in the 48th minute. The team also looked more composed and assertive, as the fans who were very quiet earlier sprang into action with the atmosphere of Anfield evolving back in full force. The goodwill was short-lived though as Liverpool continued to be poor all around. The midfield was completely absent and the front three were nowhere near their best. Liverpool still had an upper hand in the game but Leicester kept themselves in the hunt and were rightly rewarded in the 80th minute. Ayoze Perez had an immediate impact as he provided the assist for Maddison’s goal.
1 – James Maddison's goal came from Leicester's first shot on target of the match against Liverpool; Maddison has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since December 2018. Snatch. pic.twitter.com/bkYqJWIjPz
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 5, 2019
Leicester were on their way of taking a point at Anfield. They kept themselves in the game and dared to dream. A big jolt to their dream sprung up when Liverpool were awarded a penalty in the 4th minute of stoppage time post Albrighton’s howler. He failed to clear the ball and allowed Mane to get in front of him. VAR confirmed the referee’s decision which was never in any doubt. It was never going to be easy for anyone to convert the spot kick in such a penultimate stage of the game, but Milner was cool as a cucumber like usual. The first half had another incident of controversy when Alexander-Arnold unnecessarily fouled Tielemans near the touchline but both the referees and the VAR dismissed the incident for any punishable offence.
It was an exciting end to an otherwise average game. With 18 shots taken and only 8 on target, Liverpool were nowhere their best in the game. Many players would have thought about forgetting the game as soon as possible had it ended in a draw, but Brenden Rodgers’ return to Anfield was a surprise package for everyone. Liverpool can enjoy for the time being as this win puts them 8 points clear of Manchester City but they need to improve their game drastically if they want to go for the glory this season.
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