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Leicester finally switch on to humble Liverpool

Leicester City 3:1 Liverpool

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Craig Shakespeare’s first game in charge of Leicester saw an emphatic 3:1 win over Liverpool at the KPS on Monday night…

The caretaker boss, who may well have staked a permanent claim to the job, sent out last season’s first choice side, with Ndidi in the Kante role, and also seemed to have summoned last season’s spirit.
Right from the start of the game, City looked like a completely different side to the one that had struggled through this Premier League campaign.
Vardy was haring around the turf and hurt Mane with a tasty challenge in the first minute. City pressed forward and Huth connected with an Albrighton throw, giving Mignolet a comfortable save.
The Liverpool keeper was more stretched by the next effot when Okazaki got his head to a mishit Vardy shot.
Liverpool’s first attack came in the 10th minute when Mane sent in a dangerous low cross from the right, but Ndidi extended a long leg to intercept.
City soon threatened again when Huth should have done better with a header from an Albrighton corner, but sent it well over.
Another chance arrived for City in the 20th minute when Vardy turned Lucas with a flick, but mistimed his connection as the ball dropped allowing Mignolet to block.
Huth blocked a fierce Coutinho effort as Liverpool came more into the game, but then City took a vital 28th minute lead with a goal that conjured up memories of last season.
A defence-splitting pass from Albrighton sent Vardy in down the right and he raced clear and fired home City’s first league goal of 2017 giving Mignolet no chance.

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Although this raised the KPS roof, Liverpool almost struck back straight away when Coutinho went clear of City’s defence down the left, but Schmeichel came racing out to block his shot.
City were soon on the attack again, Mahrez sent Vardy into the box but his clever back-heel was sidefooted over the bar by Ndidi.
City didn’t have to wait long for their second goal, however, and it was truly spectacular when it arrived in the 38th minute.
From a half-cleared corner, Albrighton sent a cross into the goalmouth and when Milner headed it clear it presented itself to Drinkwater on the edge of the area. He crashed home a perfect half-volley into the bottom right hand corner and the KPS went nuts again.
City took their 2-0 lead in with them at the break, with the crowd as well as the players needing to get their breath back.

Despite the two goal cushion, nerves were still jangling as Liverpool dictated play in the first period of the second half. This was a passage of play on which City’s whole season could hinge. Liverpool’s passing game was clicking into gear and Mane was beginning to look threatening.
But then City struck again to make it 3-0 on the hour.Mahrez and Fuchs combined well down the left and Fuchs dummied  a left foot cross, before delivering a perfect ball into the area with his right. There was Vardy, perfectly placed in the middle to direct a fine header into the bottom right corner to surely seal a fantastic victory.

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Klopp’s side were stung into action now, and City had some defending to do. Lallana went close with one effort , before the visitors narrowed the gap in the 68th minute. Can set up Coutinho, who found himself to space to run into and line up a a precise shot past Schmeichel.
This came soon after a touching ‘phone light’ tribute to Claudio Ranieri around the ground, which struck the right tone.
Shakespeare made his first substition after the goal, bringing on Amartey for Okazaki who had run himself into the ground.
Liverpool set up camp in City’s half again without actually creating many chances, and they were almost caught out on the break when Mignolet arrived in the nick of time as Vardy raced after a long ball forward.
Mahrez then went on a run down the right and into the box before being crowded out: he laid the ball off to Drinkwater who skied his effort when well placed.
Mahrez was then replaced by Gray.
Liverpool upped the pressure as the final whistle approached, but the City defence held firm.
Fuchs came within inches of a fourth goal in time added on, lobbing a long-range effort that had Mignolet backpedalling as it just cleared the bar.

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The final whistle brought emotional scenes. Last season’s Leicester had reappeared.
Perhaps we will never know why. Some fans had a strange mixture of elation and anger, thinking that the players had stitched Ranieri up by under-performing for most of the season. Others pointed to subtle changes like Ndidi playing a more defensive role and Drinkwater in a more effective forward position making the difference.
Perhaps it didn’t really matter. What mattered was that Leicester were back and looked much better equipped for the battle against relegation.

Craig Shakespeare, who may well be in charge for the remainder of the season and possibly longer, observed: “I think some of it is human nature when people criticise you there is bound to be a reaction. I know the criticism has hurt and perhaps there was a little more fire in the belly because of that. They know they are guilty of underperforming – but this is only one result and we must build on that.”

 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 80), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Chilwell 90), Okazaki (Amartey 69), Vardy. Subs Not Used: King, Slimani, Zieler, Ulloa.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas (Woodburn 84), Milner, Lallana (Origi 66), Can, Wijnaldum, Mane (Moreno 66), Firmino, Coutinho. Subs Not Used: Karius, Klavan, Stewart, Alexander-Arnold.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 32,034. 

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Champions Leicester humbled at Anfield

Liverpool 4:1 Leicester City

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City were outplayed by Liverpool, suffering a 4-1 defeat at a new look Anfield on Saturday evening…

Claudio Ranieri names an unchanged starting line-up from the Swansea win, with Schmeichel having recovered from his hernia op and new record signing Slimani not yet featuring in the squad.
With the new main stand opened, this was Anfield’s biggest attendance since the late 70s, but City began the game on the front foot attacking the Kop end and winning a couple of early corners. The early spell of pressure ended with Okazaki firing a chance over the bar, and then the home side got a grip on the game that they rarely loosened for the remainder of the evening.
A series of slick passing moves left City’s back-line looking stretched and Liverpool were ahead by the 13th minute. Milner set up Firmino on the edge of the area and he neatly side-stepped the defence before firing  a low shot past Schmeichel.
The City defence were carved up again with another great display of passing and movement, but Schmeichel produced a good save to deny Sturridge.
Another moment of high quality saw the Reds go 2-0 up on the half hour – Firmino sent Sturridge in down the right, and a superb back-heel found Mane in the middle, the former Southampton man beating Schmeichel from close in.
Five minutes later City suffered another setback when Simpson had to go off, replaced by Hernandez.
However, three minutes after this change City were gifted a goal and were back in contention. Mignolet played a short ball out to Lucas, who tried to return it but presented it to Okazaki. Lucas’s challenge then saw the ball squared for an unmarked Vardy who had only to sidefoot it into an unguarded goal.
Lifted by this fortune, City went close to an equaliser before the break. Huth got his head to a long throw from Hernandez, but found the top of the crossbar.

City began the second half with Musa on for Okazaki and he had an early shot blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Mignolet collided with Huth and suffered a nosebleed, which led to a long saga of three separate treatments from two physios.
Schmeichel then produced a fine save from a Sturridge effort in the 56th minute, but could do nothing about a Lallana rocket into the top left hand corner moments later.
City soon had a chance to reduce the deficit again, but Mignolet somehow managed to block a Vardy shot from close in.
After a couple of Liverpool moves were halted by the linesman’s flag, Huth nodded narrowly wide and Drinkwater had a fierce shot deflected for a corner.
Another fine Liverpool move ended with Henderson sending a shot sailing high into the Kop, but they were to increase their lead with a minute remaining.
With City pressing forward, Henderson’s long ball sent Mane racing down the left. Schmeichel was 40 yards out of his goal and failed to tackle him; Mane squared for the Firmino who picked his spot past back-pedalling blue shirts for his second goal and Liverpool’s fourth.

It was a comprehensive defeat for City, who looked way off the pace of last season’s performances, and now face the club’s first ever Champions league fixture on Wednesday.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum (Stewart 76), Henderson, Lallana, Leiva, Mane (Moreno 90), Firmino, Sturridge (Coutinho 76). Subs Not Used: Karius, Grujic, Klavan, Origi.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Hernández 34), Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton (Ulloa 65), Mahrez, Okazaki (Musa 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, King, Gray.
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 51,232.

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Vardy Double Sees off Liverpool

Leicester City 2:0 Liverpool

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Two goals from Jamie Vardy, one of them a contender for Goal of the Season, saw City beat Liverpool 2-0 at the KPS on Tuesday evening…

Claudio Ranieri named an unchanged line-up for the visit of Jürgen Klopp’s side as City once again set out to prove that they are genuine title contenders.
They had the first chance of the game after just two minutes when Mahrez drifted along the 18 yard line before sending in a low curling shot that beat the left hand post by a couple of feet.
Soon after that City threatened again when Vardy charged down the left and crossed for Okazaki, but his downward header from close in was too close to Mignolet who pulled off a fine save diverting the ball onto the crossbar.
At the other end Schmeichel came up with an equally good save from Henderson at point-blank range but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.
With Kanté and Drinkwater both performing superbly in City’s engine room, the chances kept coming. Huth nodded over from a Fuchs’ corner and then a beautiful effort from Mahrez was heading for the top left hand corner when Mignolet clawed it away at full-stretch.
The teams went in goalless at the break in a finely balanced game where both sides looked dangerous on the break, with Liverpool finding some space on the flanks.

The visitors had the better start to the second half. Drinkwater blocked a Can effort and then Schmeichel was alert enough to parry a Moreno cross that suddenly threatened the goal. Firmino then fired in a shot that sailed into the Family Stand.

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On the hour an unforgettable moment of magic broke the deadlock and lit up the evening.
Mahrez sent a fine ball down the right and Vardy let it bounce once before launching an outrageous half-volley over Mignolet and into the top right hand corner.
It had the crowd stunned and open-mouthed as he marched into the corner to soak up the acclaim.
Liverpool were rocked by this bolt from the blue and soon found themselves two goals down. After an incredible eleven-pass move involving Simpson, Vardy, Kanté, Drinkwater and Okazaki the Japanese international was brought down in the box.
Instead of complaining to referee Andre Marriner, City kept pressing and an Okazaki shot was deflected towards Vardy who nipped ahead of Lovren and lifted the ball over the advancing Mignolet to find the net for the 18th time this season.
There was no way back for the Reds and King, Gray and Ulloa were all introduced into the action in the remaining ten minutes as City saw the game out with another clean sheet.

City ended the evening three points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Claudio Ranieri was full of praise for the man about to sign a new contract at Leicester: “It was an unbelievable pass from Mahrez and unbelievable what Vardy did. He watched the ball arriving, watched the opponent and watched the keeper. He looked at the keeper out of the goal and hit it. It was unbelievable, amazing, fantastic. That goal opened the match.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté, Mahrez (Ulloa 90), Albrighton (Gray 79), Okazaki (King 87), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Dyer, Wasilewski, Chilwell.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can (Allen 75), Henderson (Benteke 66), Lucas, Lallana, Milner, Firmino (Teixeira 87). Subs Not Used: Ward, Toure, Ibe, Flanagan.

Referee: A Marriner. Attendance: 32,121.

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Leicester comeback earns a point at Anfield

Liverpool 2:2 Leicester City

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City fought back from two bad penalty decisions to earn a point at Anfield on New Years’ Day…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that won at Hull, with De Laet, Drinkwater, Hammond and Vardy in for Konchesky, Nugent, Cambiasso and Ulloa, and they nearly went a goal ahead in the second minute.
After Mahrez had been brought down by Moreno the Algerian international took the free-kick, and with everyone anticipating a cross he almost caught Mignolet out with a near post shot that struck the post.
In a very encouraging start for City great work from Schlupp down the left then set Mahrez up but he skied his shot into the Kop.

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However, the first set-back of the game came in the 17th minute when referee Mike Jones handed Liverpool the lead.
A cross from the left from Sterling struck the sliding figure of Morgan full in the face. This was judged to be handball despite Morgan’s vehement protests and Gerrard put Liverpool ahead from 12 yards, despite Hamer guessing right.

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City continued to try and take the game to their hosts and Mahrez was unlucky when his deflected free-kick went narrowly over the bar.
Drinkwater then had to retire injured, replaced by Nugent, in the 37th minute.
Five minutes before the break Liverpool were awarded a second penalty. After a challenge on Coutinho the ball shot up and made contact with Simpson’s arm. Despite him having no chance to get it out of the way Jones pointed to the spot again and Gerrard sent Hamer the wrong way to give City an impossible looking task.
But Nigel Pearson’s side kept plugging away, and their reward arrived in the 58th minute when Vardy set up Nugent for a superb scissor-kick finish that gave Mignolet no chance from the edge of the area.
Within two minutes there were manic scenes in the away end as City levelled the game, Schlupp finding the bottom right hand corner from 18 yards.

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City were still looking to push forward in search of a winner but Liverpool were creating chances of their own and Hamer saved well from a Lucas effort.
City then had to soak up some late pressure, Borini fired over when well placed, and Hamer saved from Sterling and Coutinho.
There was a late scare when a Morgan challenge on Borini brought loud appeals for a penlalty at the Kop end, but Mike Jones declined the chance to point to the spot a third time.
City held out for a very well-earned point that continued the revival and gave their supporters some hope for 2015.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Toure, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas (Markovic 72), Moreno (Lambert 85), Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana (Borini 55). Subs Not Used: Ward, Lovren, Manquillo, Ojo.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, De Laet, James, Hammond (Cambiasso 67), Mahrez, Drinkwater (Nugent 37), Schlupp, Vardy (Ulloa 75). Subs Not Used: Lawrence, Moore, Knockaert, Smith.

Referee: Mike Jones. Attendance: 44,720.

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Leicester’s spirited display still falls short against Liverpool

Leicester City 1:3 Liverpool
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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.
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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.

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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.

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What you are saying about: GOT, NOT GOT…

What people are saying about ‘GOT, NOT GOT – The A to Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures…

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