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Opportunity missed? : Liverpool 1 Leicester 1

Liverpool extended their lead to five points at the top of the table on Wednesday night after a 1-1 draw with Leicester, but the match is tinged slightly with the knowledge the Reds could have been a massive seven points clear. 
Rafa Benitez had picked up a win over Manchester City the evening before, much to the delight of Kopites and so Wednesday's clash proved to be a huge opportunity for Klopp's side who, on paper, should have beaten Leicester. 
The Reds started brilliantly with a goal after two minutes thanks to Sadio Mane. The forward slipped his effort through the sleet and sent Anfield wild. 
It all started so well and it was Liverpool who retained control for the majority of the first half. That was until Harry Maguire netted right on the stroke of half time. The chance came from a free kick which Liverpool somewhat foolishly gave away, with many blue shirts offside Maguire timed his move perfectly and created a big problem for the Reds with his equaliser. 
In the second …

Five Things We Learned From The King Power

1) Alisson needs to tone down the anticsI like seeing a bit of skill as much as the next person but not from my bloody goalkeeper. I mentioned in a previous post that Alisson only performs these tricks because he's confident and there's nothing wrong with having a confident keeper but he needs to stop his antics.

The Brazilian gifted Leicester their goal just after the hour mark and for a time it felt as though the home side might be able to get back into the game. Thankfully for Alisson that never happened and hopefully he's now learnt his lesson. Away from that daft mistake, he looked strong once again when called into action against the Foxes.
2) Sadio Mane could be the star of this seasonMane now has four goals in four matches for the Reds and when our Egyptian king couldn't quite find the net early on, it fell to Sadio to put Liverpool 1-0 up. A strong finish from an Andy Robertson cross was just what Klopp's side needed and I feel Mane could be a very important…

PREVIEW: Leicester V Liverpool

Liverpool face Leicester in a 12:30 kick off on Saturday in what will be Klopp's fourth match of the season. A duo of draws on Thursday evening allowed the Reds to find out who was in their Champions League group and who they would face in the League Cup. Both results meant that Liverpool's fixture list in September and October has suddenly got a lot busier.

And so, it would be useful for the Reds to start September with a win. Leicester have lost just one of their opening games, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at the start of the season. The foxes are currently 7th in the table on six points, three points behind the Reds who remain top of the table.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without defender Dejan Lovren who remains out with a pelvic issue. Jamie Vardy sits this one out as he serves a three match ban and Matty James is unavailable due to an Achilles injury.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year at Anfield. The Reds went down af…

Reds Out Of Carabao Cup

Liverpool were knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester last night despite appearing to control the game in the entire first half. 
The Reds once again came unstuck after creating dangerous plays and chances galore but failing to find the back of the net. There's no denying that some of Liverpool's passing and movement is a joy to watch but what's the point in racking up 600 odd passes if you aren't gonna score? 

Sometimes I honestly feel in these games we should play a more direct style of football but I suppose in hindsight it's easy to say things like that. On another day we would have scored in that first half and gone on to win. 
Klopp played a mixed side introducing several fresh legs including the likes of Flanno, Robertson, Grujic and Solanke up front. He also kept enough experience in the side to make it look as though the match would play out in our favour during the first half. 
Coutinho and Gini, in particular, were causing Leicester a lot of problems and…

Two Trips To Leicester This Week

The Reds face Leicester twice this week and on both occasions away from home. The first trip on Tuesday night is a League Cup tie with the following fixture in the league on Saturday. 
Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Burnley this weekend once again displayed their defensive frailties and in a cup match when it's all or nothing the Reds will have to be careful at the back.

The last time the two sides met was in February this year. The Foxes won the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Vardy and Drinkwater. The Reds' previous trip in the league to Leicester also ended in a loss when Vardy once again scored twice. The game ended 2-0. 
In their last six trips to the King Power Liverpool have lost on three occasions. There has been one 0-0 draw and the Reds have won he remaining two. 
With all the chopping, changing and resting of players it definitely seems like Klopp is trying to manage his players this season, with one eye on the cups and especially the Champions League, will his tactics com…

Ranieri Who?

It was just bound to happen wasn't it? A managerless Leicester turn up at the King Power having failed to find the back of the net in 2017 yet manage to put three past Liverpool with absolute ease. 
It would have been a bad time for any side to face Leicester to be honest but as mentioned in the match preview, this fixture had all the makings of a banana skin for the Reds. After two weeks off and a trip to La Manga, a win was the only acceptable result on Monday night but after some dodgy team selections and tactics in general Jurgen Klopp has a lot to answer for. 
The obvious first question being, why the hell was Lucas Leiva in defence? I love Lucas, always have, he'll give you his all no matter what but he's not a defender. Leicester from the whistle knew to pile the pressure on the Brazilian and he was caught off guard on several occasions. Lucas doesn't have the pace or the height to deal with the counter attacks and set pieces that the Foxes threw at us for the maj…

MATCH PREVIEW: Leicester V Liverpool

Finally, Liverpool are back playing football. It feels like it's been an absolute age since the last match, bloody boring! The Reds travel to Leicester on Monday evening to face the managerless foxes. 
As soon as Claudio Ranieri came to Leicester I was immediately on his side. I have a huge soft spot for anything Italian and Ranieri almost instantly worked his charm, it was like he'd never left.
What Ranieri did with Leicester in 2015/2016 is nothing short of a miracle. An unbelievable feat that will never be matched. For him to then be unceremoniously sacked? Well it's a real shame. There's no hiding from the fact that Leicester have been poor this season but is that all Ranieri's fault? I don't believe so. Some of that blame lies squarely at the players door and I don't personally think any new manager will have the time or the magic touch to get enough out of the players now, but I suppose we will have to wait and see.
In bocca al lupo Ranieri! 
Despite the …

How Exactly Do You "Do A Leicester"?

So just how exactly do you "Do a Leicester". The phrase is destined to remain within footballing folklore for years to come but what were the factors? Why did Leicester, the 5000/1 shot storm the league in 2015/2016?

Jamie Vardy, having a party? It's the classic Roy of the Rovers fairytale that every young person playing football dreams of. Jamie Vardy was (as I'm sure you are all well aware) released by Sheffield Wednesday as a youth. In 2007 he started playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels and by 2010 he was with FC Halifax. In 2011 he signed for Fleetwood Town, helping the club win the Conference. Finally, after many would have given up, Leicester came calling.

Without Vardy, it's simple, the Foxes would not have won the Premier League. The striker played 36 out of 38 games in the league scoring a massive 24 goals in the process (not forgetting his consecutive record for scoring in 11 games on the trot). His consistency was unrivalled and no matter who the oppo…

Vardy Nets A Worldy In Leicester Win

Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester on Tuesday evening as the Foxes continue to live the dream at the top of the Premier League table. It was a typical performance from Ranieri's side who did have to deal with a few moments of danger from Liverpool but the Reds once again just couldn't find an end product.
"I was looking all game and he was quite far off his line..."Jamie Vardy's first goal was simply stunning, the long range pass and vision of Mahrez was enough to drool at but Vardy's strike, taken first time was an absolute peach. He'd caught Mignolet completely off guard and sent the home crowd wild. Words don't give it justice.

The forward later admitted in a post match interview that he'd been keeping an eye on Mignolet who he'd noticed had been straying off his line. Perhaps there's a pointer in there for our keeper? Despite Mignolet straying from goal, he did put in a decent performance overall, particularly whe…

MATCH PREVIEW: Leicester V Liverpool

So... Deadline Day has been exciting hasn't it? Pfft. Liverpool go into the game with Leicester on Tuesday evening with almost certainly no new additions to the side. The owners did indicate that they wouldn't be backing Klopp financially until the summer but after drawing 0-0 with West Ham at the weekend and failing to score against Stoke in the League Cup semi-final, it is clear as day that the Reds need some fresh talent.

Despite being linked with the likes of Alex Teixeira and Denis Chryshev, Jurgen Klopp will have to face Ranieri's table topping Leicester with the original squad he inherited.
Injuries The injury situation for the Reds remains relatively standard as Origi, Coutinho, Skrtel and Daniel Sturridge all remain on the sidelines. Jordan Henderson has also picked up a knock but he should be available for Tuesday's fixtures.

For Leicester, just two of their players are out of action; Schlupp who has a hamstring injury and midfielder James who has been out lo…

Benteke Goal Seals Win Against Leicester

The Reds became the first side to prevent Leicester from finding the back of the net on Boxing Day as Jurgen Klopp's team walked away with all three points thanks to a Christian Benteke strike in the second half. In a game that most Liverpool fans were concerned about, the Reds actually looked confident against Ranieri's league topping side and ultimately deserved the win.

Klopp had opted to start a striker this time out which was refreshing to see because I personally think playing without a natural forward has been troublesome of late. I would have preferred to see Benteke chosen but it was Divock Origi who was given the chance to lead the line with Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho all in support.

Early in the first half it was Lallana and Emre Can who both ruffled Leicester's feathers after the former hit the side netting and the latter saw a stinging effort saved. Shortly afterwards, Origi made a decent break controlling the ball well in the box with pressure from the Le…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Leicester

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a cracking day tomorrow whether you are celebrating or not, more importantly, let's hope Liverpool can do the business on Boxing Day. There's one slight issue though, the Reds welcome league toppers Leicester to Anfield and after the results we've been picking up of late it could be a rather embarrassing fixture.

Claudio Ranieri was quoted this week saying "Leicester are Forrest Gump" and while it's quite clear the Reds can't put a run together, it's safe to say that life is very much like a box of chocolates, you never know which Liverpool you are going to get.

When travelling to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad the Reds have been simply brilliant. The likes of Coutinho and Firmino blinding the opposition and assisting Jurgen Klopp's side who showed complete control. Mixed in with the glory though has been plenty of despair as the Reds fell to defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford most re…

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 ev…

Leicester At Anfield On New Year's Day

Liverpool face Leicester on New Year's Day as the Reds look to continue their streak of good performances after a 4-1 win over Swansea.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are without Brad Jones, Joe Allen and Glen Johnson. A doubt still remains for Dejan Lovren too. Also unavailable to start will be Martin Skrtel who is suspended, it is presumed Kolo Toure will take his place. For Leicester they are without Paul Konchesky, Andy King and Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester currently find themselves bottom of the league having amassed just 13 points. They have lost five out of their last six fixtures in the league, winning their most recent game against Hull 1-0. Liverpool on the other hand find themselves in 8th on 28 points. The Reds have won three out of their last six games, losing one and drawing two in the process.

The last time the two sides met was at the start of December this year. The Reds got the better of Leicester in a 3-1 win with goals from Lallana, Gerrard and Henderson. In …

Gerrard Scores In Leicester Win

That Steven Gerrard is past it lad... Except he isn't is he? After a vintage goal and more touches on his heat map than a teenager's iPad, Steven Gerrard proved exactly why he hasn't "lost it" last night as he helped his side to a 3-1 victory over Leicester.

It was a lively game for the Reds who perhaps should have performed better in the first half. The first concerning moment for Liverpool came after a rash decision from Simon Mignolet. The keeper was out on the left of the pitch and attempted to play the ball into his defence but made a silly mistake by feeding the ball into the path of a lurking Cambiasso. Realising his error, Mignolet scrambled back towards his goal and had probably a third of it covered. The veteran Cambiasso had practically an open goal but his effort fortunately for Liverpool drifted wide past the left hand upright.

It's always concerning when Mignolet makes a mistake, not only because he seems to do it far too often but it appears t…

Reds After A Win At Leicester

Liverpool travel to Leicester on Tuesday evening, ready to face the foxes after finally picking up a win in the Premier League at the weekend. Leicester are currently bottom of the table having picked up 10 points.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Mamadou Sakho and Mario Balotelli. Leicester have a few issues with the team as Nigel Pearson is unable to call upon Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson. David Nugent is also a doubt with a calf problem.

The last time the two sides met was way back in 2004 it was hardly an exiting affair though as the game ended 0-0. The last time Leicester beat Liverpool was in 2001, a 2-0 defeat for the Reds. The sides have met on a total of 88 occasions in the league. Liverpool have won 36 times, Leicester 33 times and there has been a total of 19 draws.

As mentioned in the opening Leicester currently find themselves bottom of the table. They have failed to win any of their last eight matches. The last time they picked up three points was ag…