Liverpool Lose Lead In Leicester Draw
Liverpool threw away a 2-0 lead on New Year's Day as the Reds failed to hold on to their somewhat gifted position. After being awarded a penalty that wasn't a penalty and another one shortly afterwards, captain Steven Gerrard converted both with ease however a tenacious Leicester did not give up and soon found themselves two goals to walk away with a point.
The news overnight though that Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season seems to have made this game insignificant. If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen my thoughts as for here on the blog there will be a special post on our captain at the end of the season as it just seems wrong to do it now.
The game started in a lively fashion for visitors Leicester who saw an early free kick from Mahrez clip the inside of the post. Schlupp shortly afterwards sent in a cross to Mahrez who sent an effort wide.
The Foxes were definitely causing Liverpool problems and it was mere fortune that the Reds would eventually get a chance to take the lead. At 16 minutes Raheem Sterling broke into the box and appeared to kick the ball off Morgan's hand. As Morgan protested that the ball had actually hit his face, the replays showed the poor decision and it was definitely not a penalty. Leicester were rightly disgruntled.
Steven Gerrard stepped up for the penalty and in true Gerrard fashion put home the spot kick calmly and confidently sending the ball to the left of the keeper.
At 39 minutes Liverpool were awarded another penalty. This time I think correctly so. Simpson had his arms out and made contact with the ball, some people appear to think this was harsh but I think we'd of been unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty there.
Steven Gerrard stepped up once again, this time sending his effort to the keeper's right. Now 2-0 up it looked like the Reds had secured this win but things would change immensely in the second half.
A moment of potential brilliance occurred in the latter stages of the first half though after a Steven Gerrard corner found its way to Jordan Henderson, he smashed a volley from distance and was unlucky to see it miss the target.
The second half began very well for Leicester who found themselves a goal just ten minutes into the half. A wonderful strike from Nugent put his side right back into the game. It was a shock for Liverpool but the Reds should have been more prepared as the Leicester onslaught began. The away side had been creating issues throughout the whole game and it was only a matter of time before they made it count. Sitting on the back of two penalties, failing to score again and failing to defend was unacceptable from Liverpool.
Just two minutes after their first goal Leicester had scored their equaliser. A strike from Schlupp from outside the box put his side level but he was far too free as the Liverpool defence failed to deal with the issue. Leicester definitely deserved to be level, they had played very well, the worry now was could Liverpool hold on to the point? Because we didn't look like winning the game.
Fabio Borini was brought on later in the game sending a shot over the bar. A Markovic header late on saw the substitute send a header wide for the Reds.
And that was that. It was an annoying result to be honest because Leicester probably deserved all three points not just the one, however Liverpool were 2-0 and they simply must hold on to that.
I did ask you for your thoughts on the game but with all the madness on Twitter at the moment surrounding the Gerrard saga it's a bit difficult to sift through the relevant tweets, apologies!
Next up for Liverpool is AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup.