Leicester’s spirited display still falls short against Liverpool

Leicester City 1:3 Liverpool
Leicester City v Liverpool, Barclays Premier, 2 December, 2014
City again failed to hold onto a lead after an action-packed meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday night ended  with a 3-1 defeat…
Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side for the first meeting with Liverpool in a decade and a few chances came and went for the Reds in the opening spell. Skrtel headed wide from a Gerrard free kick; Morgan blocked a Lallana effort; and Sterling was denied by Schmeichel after he got away from De Laet in the penalty area.
But it was City who should have taken a 19th minute lead when a misdirected ball from Mignolet presented Cambiasso with a gift. The home crowd looked on aghast as he side-footed his shot wide of the left hand upright with the whole goal to aim at.
Fortunately his blushes were saved a minute later as City took the lead.  A Vardy effort was beaten away by Mignolet,  Ulloa was swiftly on to the loose ball and his shot on the turn pinballed off the post and the keeper’s back before settling in the net.
Although this gave the KPS a big lift sadly the lead only lasted five minutes.
Lax defending allowed Lambert to nod a ball in the path of Lallana who fired home an equaliser unopposed.
There were few chances towards half-time and the sides went in 1-1 at the break with little between them.
Leicester City v Liverpool, Barclays Premier, 2 December, 2014

That parity only lasted 9 minutes into the second half when Sterling squared a ball across goal and Morgan’s interception only succeeded in teeing up Gerrard who placed an accurate finish low to Schmeichel’s left.
City pressed forward in search of an equaliser and a good run and cross from Schlupp was hoisted well over the bar by Wasilewski.
In the 63rd minute City’s task got harder when Lambert was pulled down by last-man Morgan for a red card that no one could argue with.
City still looked lively but a free-kick 30 yards out was wasted when Mahrez sent it sailing into the Kop Stand.
Cambiasso then went close with a shot that was frustratingly blocked three yards out. by Vardy.
The ten men wer egiving a spirited performance and substitute Albrighton produced a fine cross to set up Mahrez, but his control let him down and presented the ball to Mignolet.

Leicester City v Liverpool, Barclays Premier, 2 December, 2014

The game was finally settled in the Reds’ favour with seven minutes remaining when Schmeichel failed to hold on to Wasilewski’s diversion of a cross.  Sterling’ backheeled the loose ball to Henderson, who couldn’t miss from the edge of the 6 yard box.
City kept at their task, but couldn’t trouble the Liverpool defence further and defeat kept them anchored to the bottom of the Premier League.
Nigel Pearson was reported to have had a heated exchange with supporters near the end of the game, but was unrepentant in post-match interviews.  The heat is on…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky (Albrighton 80), Morgan, James, Vardy, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa, Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Hamer, Knockaert, Wood, Moore.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Toure, Gerrard, Lambert, Henderson, Manquillo (Moreno 45), Lallana (Allen 70), Lucas, Sterling (Lovren 90), Skrtel. Subs Not Used: Jones, Coutinho, Can, Markovic.
Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 32,000.

All Photos: SIMON KIMBER
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  1. Thought De Laet had a good game – surprised at how quick he is. Dealt with Sterling pretty well. Seems the midfield was overrun, with James losing out to Gerrard and Lucas providing cover. Mahrez was great and awful in equal measure, and Schmeichel was very lucky not to be walking.

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