Liverpool 2, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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We did believe that Brendan Rodgers would do changes to his line-up from the game vs. Newcastle, and that was done, Wilfred Ndidi replaced Youri Tielemans. Ayoze Perez were also among the starters.

The response from the players couldn’t have been better with a firing start and as we all could see, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall pushing forward and opening the Liverpool defense with a massive drive and passing the ball nicely behind Alisson, 1-0 to Leicester after just 4 minutes.

Leicester pushed on and it all looked safe and controlled until 38th minute when a bit of pressure from Liverpool ended in a horrible mistake and misunderstanding between Danny Ward and Wout Faes, as the Belgian defender made a bizarre interaction kicking the ball, as it curved and found the way to the net, 1-1.

We had no special hope for nothing to gain from a game at Anfield, and that again became reaility again in stoppage time. Wout Faes was again unlucky as pushed the ball over the line, after Nunez had hit the post with his attempt.

Wout Faes made two massive errors, but this is not really the reason for all of this happenings as both Danny Ward and Daniel Amartey acts with little or no confidence in certain situations and makes this defense look shaky. Danny Thomas is a good passer of the ball, but at this level, he is getting tested all the time, and today he is again in problems.

Liverpool is in the lead after first half, but besided the errors done at certain times, Leicester had a good first half, and interesting to see how the midfield area worked without Youri Tielemans, and two more sitting midfielders in Ndidi and Soumarè giving Dewsbury-Hall a bit of free space to work in, but still far from a settled midfield.

Losing Patson Daka also at an early stage in first half, gave Jamie Vardy a chance to really make an impact and he certainly tried to his best, a number of chances created in both halfes, but still no goals, and it could be that Jamie will get a number of chances going forward, hopefully getting his goal scoring to a better level.

The game moved back and forward for Leicester and the chances created could have resulted in a goal, but the sharpness was not there in a team that of course suffers with the injuries playing a part at this time.

Youri Tielemans, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy all came from the bench, but it was not enough to turn fortunes as the game just ran out in the sand, and with that perfect start you would have wished for more, but it wasn’t to be.

We are now looking forward to the January transfer window, and a number of changes are possibly in the air, as players must be shipped out to bring new faces in.

Leicester did today have their best two players in Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Bouba Soumare, but still we do believe that the fact that James Maddison is missing makes the major difference.

Brendan Rodgers needs to bring points to the table going forward and with the injury situation getting worse also looking to miss Patson Daka for a while as his injury looked as an major issue.

All in all, not a bad peformance from Leicester, but with no points, you have nothing from it.

  • Positives
    • Great start, fantastic goal from KDH
    • Playing well at times and pushing Liverpool at home
  • Negatives
    • Danny Ward has not enough command in the back, makes defenders uncertain
    • Wout Faes scoring two own goals
    • Thomas and Amartey lack the defensive quality that the team needs
    • Again giving away a lead
    • Unbalanced and lack of continuity in team selection
    • Jamie Vardy not able to score
    • Patson Daka getting injured
    • Playing with great risk inside your own penalty box
    • Amartey is not at a level to play the way BR wants from the back

Player Ratings: Ward 5, Castagne 5, Thomas 5, Amartey 4, Faes 4, Soumare 6, Ndidi 6, Perez 5, Daka, Barnes 5, Dewsbury Hall 6, Subs: Vardy 5, Tielemans, Iheanacho

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Bouba Soumare

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 57 / 43
  • Corners: 4 / 5
  • Shots on target: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 8 / 15

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