R Ghezzal (63)
S Mané (10),R Firmino (45)
Leicester vs Liverpool
12:30pm Saturday 1st September
The King Power Stadium
WATCH: LEICESTER 1-2 LIVERPOOL
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Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Ricardo Pereira (5), Morgan (5),
Maguire (5), Chilwell (8), Mendy (6), Ndidi (8), Albrighton (6), Maddison (8),
Gray (6), Ghezzal (7)
Subs: Amartey (6), Iheanacho (7), Okazaki (6)
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Gomez (9), van
Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Wijnaldum (6), Henderson (6), Milner (6), Salah (6),
Firmino (7), Mane (7)
Subs: Matip (6), Keita (6), Shaqiri (6)
Man of the match: Joe Gomez
REDKNAPP SLAMS ALISSON
“I don’t want my goalkeeper doing Cruyff turns. It’s the
worst Cruyff turn I’ve ever seen. There’s a reason why he wears a yellow jersey
as he’s a goalkeeper.”
REDKNAPP ON KLOOP MOOD
“I thought Leicester were excellent. They gave Liverpool no
“This is a perfect result for the manager as you’ve won but
you can also give one or two a kick up the backside. I think he’ll be giving
one or two a volleying: Alisson and Virgil van Dijk could be accountable for
MILNER HAILS 'UGLY' WIN
“You have to find a way to win when things aren’t going for
you and that’s what you have to do sometimes in the Premier League.”
CARRA ON ALISSON MISTAKE
"It starts with some sloppy play, a poor pass from Virgil Van Dijk doesn’t put the goalkeeper in the greatest position – but just clear it.
"You don’t have to be clever, you don’t have to be smart, I thought he would have learned his lesson from last week because this exact same thing could have happened against Brighton. He didn’t learn, he tried to be too clever and you’ll get punished for that in the Premier League."
LEICESTER 1-2 LIVERPOOL
FT: Four games, four wins for Liverpool. This was far from vintage though. Goals from Mane and Firmino were enough but there were some hairy moments, including a quite astonishing mistake from Alisson that handed Leicester a way back into the game. Liverpool ground out the win but it won't live long in the memory. Sign of champions? Or too soon?
Stay tuned for reaction.....
90+4: BRILLIANT HEADER! Van Dijk attacks the corner and makes a very important clearance under pressure. That should be that.
90+4: UP COMES SCHMEICHEL.....! Ghezzal comes across to take the set-piece and the goalkeeper is up!
90+3: YELLOW! Ricardo is clattered by Milner about 35 yards out. He's booked. Chance this to get the ball in the box. Maguire goes up....
90+2: Liverpool have the ball in the corner. Shaqiri shows good strength to waste some valuable seconds.
90: FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON!
89: SUB! Matip replaces Alexander-Arnold.
88: Okazaki backs into Van Dijk on the edge of the box but he can't get the shot away. Liverpool clear....
Mane tries to out-run Mendy down the line and he's taken out. Clear booking. Time to wind down the clock.
87: Leicester come forward.....Maguire finds Amartey out wide. His cross is poor. Cleared by Gomez.
85: Okazaki nips in front of Milner in midfield and Liverpool are short on numbers. Iheanacho makes a run in behind but the final ball has too much juice on it...Alisson mops up.
83: Liverpool seem to be seeing this out now. A free-kick from the right is whipped in...Mane jumps with Maguire but the Leicester man does enough to deflect it clear.
81: Chilwell has taken a blow in a very precious area. Taken the wind out of his sails. The medic is now on with the magic sponge.
79: Liverpool probing in the final third without looking threatening though. Good period for them, taking the sting out of the game.
77: Shaqiri tries to dribble his way past three Leicester defenders but goes down a blind alley......he wants a foul but it's clearly a goal kick. Leicester can build again.
75: SUB! Gray is replaced by Okazaki.
72: Klopp is raging on the touchline at his players. Robertson pings a ball straight out of play. Klopp gives him an earful. This hasn't been good enough this half.
70: SUBS! Henderson and Salah off. Shaqiri and Keita replace them.
68: Klopp looks to his bench. He needs reinforcements as Leicester are maintaining their pressure. Keeping the ball nicely in the Liverpool half.
Gray darts into space down the left but his cut-back for Iheanacho rolls through to Alisson.
65: The momentum is all with Leicester now. Could be a wake up call for Liverpool, who have been strolling through this game.....
JAMIE CARRAGHER AT THE KING POWER
"It's everything Leicester deserve. Virgil Van Dijk doesn’t put the goalkeeper in the
greatest position – but just clear it. You don’t have to be clever, you don’t
have to be smart.
"I thought he would have learned his lesson from last week because
this exact same thing could have happened against Brighton. He didn’t learn, he
tried to be too clever and you’ll get punished for that in the Premier League."
GOAL!! LEICESTER 1-2 LIVERPOOL (Ghezzal, 63)
OH DEAR....ALISSON, WHAT ARE YOU DOING????
Is the Liverpool goalkeeping jersey cursed? This is an horrendous error. Van Dijk plays a sloppy ball back to Alisson, who just needs to clear his lines. He tries to be too clever and dribble around Iheanacho. The striker reads it, nicks it off him and cuts the ball across for his mate to smash home into the empty net. What a way to concede your first goal for the club. One he won't forget.
And that my friends. is...GAME ON!
LEICESTER 0-2 LIVERPOOL
62: YELLOW! Ghezzal goes into the book for a late shoulder charge into the mush of Milner.
61: SUB! Albrighton off. Iheanacho is on. Looks like Gray will move out wide and the sub will play through the middle.
59: Chilwell again accelerates down the left and chips a ball towards the six-yard box. Gomez - a bit of a man-mountain here - heads clear.
57: CHANCE! Liverpool are hanging on here - it's wave after wave of blue attacks. A ball in from the right drops to Morgan about four yards out after a clever flick by Albrighton....but his first touch is appalling. Allows Alisson to mop up.
56: BLOCKED! Maddison tries to whip one over the wall but it jumps and does it's job.
55: YELLOW! Van Dijk looks rattled. Maddison jinks past him in midfield again and he chops him down. Clear booking.
Free-kick, 25 yards out for Leicester here.....
53: WHAT A BLOCK! Leicester are full of beans. Maddison drops the shoulder to bamboozle Van Dijk on the edge. He then beats Robertson with a shimmy and the goal opens up from 12 yards. But, out of nowhere, Gomez flies in to make a goal-saving block. Brilliant from both the young Englishmen there.
The on-watching Gareth Southgate will be liking what he sees.
52: Continued pressure from the hosts. Chilwell and Maddison at the heart of things...
Maddison wins a corner and the big boys are up. His delivery is so poor though - out for a throw in. Quality is lacking in the final third for Leicester. Plenty of endeavor though.
50: SHOT! Leicester break. They feed Maddison in the pocket who shifts the ball into space. He curls one for the far corner.....but Alisson reads it. Gets across to make an easy take.
48: Intent down the left from Leicester. Chilwell takes on Alexander-Arnold and loops a ball towards Ghezzal at the back post - his header drops into the area but Van Dijk smashes it clear.
SHOT! Ghezzal gets the ball back and curls a enticing ball across goal but there's no Jamie Vardy in the middle to finish. Goal kick.
46: WE ARE BACK! The football is off and running. Difficult first-half for Leicester - can they find improvement?
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HOW GOMES BECAME CENTRAL FOR REDS
Some half-time reading on Joe Gomez's development at Charlton and
how he became Klopp's preferred centre-back beside Van Dijk this season...
I was just watching at the corner and it looks like Van Dijk is trying to block and Firmino just finds himself free in the box, with Maddison getting too tight.
Well, it wasn't vintage Liverpool but they lead 2-0. Leicester have been in giving mood at the back. Mane opened the scoring before Firmino doubled the advantage. It looks like Liverpool are going back to the top of the Premier League - their 100 per cent record is very much intact.
GOAL! LEICESTER 0-2 LIVERPOOL (Firmino, 45)
BIG TIME TO SCORE! Once again, it's Leicester's defending that needs to be questioned. After nearly allowing Van Dijk a free header from a previous corner, the blue defence are all over the place from the next one. Milner whips a ball into a dangerous area and Firmino out-muscles Maddison and bullets a header into the bottom. His first of the season!
LEICESTER 0-1 LIVERPOOL
43: Albrighton decides to chip a ball into the box for Gray to challenge with Van Dijk. Might as well have kicked the ball out of play. What a waste of possession.
SHOT! Liverpool try to counter with Salah. He spins and curls one from 22 yards...Schmeichel palms it clear. Easy save.
41: Liverpool slow the game down. Henderson gets his foot on the ball. Taken the sting out of the game....
38: The supply line to Firmino has broken down with Ndidi snapping at his heels and doing a fine job.
Milner is down. He's taken a knock to his head after a catching a trailing boot from Ricardo. Completely unintentional. The Liverpool man is back up. He'll be fine.
35: Liverpool have dropped their intensity. They don't look threatened but the game is more of a contest now. The home crowd roar a: "COME ON LEICESTER" - can they grab one before the break?
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