Leicester 3, Liverpool 1, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

A difficult day as Brendan Rodgers again had to make a new and experimental approach in his team selection and of course playing Liverpool will always be difficult with their players and manager. Brendan Rodgers changed back to a 4-3-3 formation, but for the first time playing Ricardo Pereira to the left in that back four and giving a rare start to Daniel Amartey to the right.

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Leicester fought well during the first half without any type of domination as Liverpool were the better team by far. But great credit to the back four and of a hard battling midfield with Wilfred Ndidi up to “World Class”, what a performance and battling attitude, fantastic.

Going out second half it was no real hope for a win, but hope to be able to keep the zero and get something out of the game. Then when Liverpool scored with a wonderful pass from Firmino for Salah to score, hope for anything was really gone.

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But as we have seen with this team again and again, they never give up, and to see the free kick from James Maddison pass almost every player on the field to find it’s way into the net behind Alison was really a boost and it gave Leicester new and needed energy.

A few minutes later it was Alison making a tragic error kicking the ball into the feet of Jamie Vardy who could just run into an open net and send Leicester into the lead. Liverpool looked shocked and Leicester got new chances to score as Liverpool opened up and took more risk.

Jamie Vardy came close, but that time Alison showed his best skills and saved, but new chances appeared and Harvey Barnes showed everyone why he should be in the England squad running and dribbling off all his Liverpool opponents and scoring from a great shot close to the far post as Leicester suddenly were 3-1 up with just a few minutes left of the game.

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A surreal outcome of a game that looked so far away from a win, but of course great credit to players and staff that never gave up and just kept on pushing for goals, and with the attacking force of Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy you have a winner.

Leicester are now second in the table and things looks bright, even without a great number of key players, but with Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy back in the line-up you have the two key men in this team and then you are up there with the very best, even without them it’s been fantastic to see how the battling structure is kept.

  • Positives
    • Great credit to Brendan Rodgers, keeping a solid 4-3-3
    • Giving a left back job to Ricardo Pereira, he managed really, really well
    • Getting back, being a goal behind
    • Battling to the very end, never giving up
    • Wilfred Ndidi, just fantastic, what a performance
  • Negatives:
    • Getting a goal behind
    • Not really able to get something out of the first hour of the game
    • Yellow cards to Perez and Tielemans
    • James Justin injury, looked ugly
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Amartey 6, Soyuncu 7, Evans 7, Pereira 7, Tielemans 7, Ndidi 9, Albrighton 5, Vardy 8, Barnes 8, Maddison 7 Subs: Perez, Choudhury, Mendy
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Wilfred Ndidi

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 38 / 62
  • Corners: 11 / 15
  • Shots on target: 6 / 4
  • Fouls: 7 / 6

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