Liverpool 1-1 Leicester: Reds miss a golden chance to go 7 points clear
Liverpool missed their chance to go seven points clear at the top of the table by only drawing 1-1 against Leicester City at Anfield. In a round of fixtures where big teams have suffered surprise results, the Foxes ground out a fantastic result away from home. Sadio Mane and Harry Maguire were the goalscorers on the night.
Amidst a fast start, the home side scored inside three minutes when some good play on the left-hand side of the box led to Mane having possession with a tiny bit of space. The Senegalese star did well to get his shot away from there on and find the bottom right corner.
With the kind of start the hosts made, it looked like a long night in the office for Claude Puel’s men. But they were resilient and had one or two threats from the counter that almost opened Liverpool up.
Right at the stroke of half-time, Andy Robertson gave away a silly free-kick. From the resulting set-piece, the home side didn’t clear their lines well and Maguire was found onside at the far post with a simple task of tapping in following an intelligent header back by Ben Chilwell.
Liverpool tried their best to open Leicester up in the second half but the goal wasn’t coming. However, Naby Keita should have got a penalty when he was clearly fouled by Ricardo Pereira in the box. Referee Martin Atkison didn’t see it that way.
At the end of the day, it was two points dropped for Klopp’s men, who are now five clear at the top of the table with 14 matchdays still to go.
Here’s how some Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter after this game:
Poor. Warm weather training was clearly pointless. Sort it out.
— jamie parry (@jamieparry1985) January 30, 2019
— Dr Chris Tibbs (@chris_tibbs) January 30, 2019
Awful performance and awful result. Wouldn’t have been nice to nice to have a defender like Clyne today in d team. Atleast we got a point.
— ⚡️Gerard Delaney⚡️ (@Gerard36Delaney) January 30, 2019
How many times will we talk about this. … wijnaldum and henderson together are a taboo.. side ways back pass back pass side pass.. #LIVLEI
— Disgusted Tweep ⚪ (@d_tweep) January 30, 2019
— Matthew Lumby (@MatthewLumby) January 30, 2019