Jamie Vardy (28′, 60′), Daniel Drinkwater (39′)
Philippe Coutinho (68′)
The Reds suffered their fifth Premier League defeat of the season at the King Power Stadium last night. 2017 has not been kind to us.
Jordan Henderson was sidelined through a foot injury he picked up in training, so the captain was replaced by Emre Can. This was the only change to the side that came out top against Spurs just 16 days before.
Leicester started on the front foot, with both Robert Huth and Shinji Okazaki calling Simon Mignolet into action with headed efforts in the first six minutes.
The Reds responded with a slick exchange at the edge of the box, forcing a desperate sliding clearance from Wes Morgan from Sadio Mané’s low cross. This chance offered a platform for the visitors to build on, and they began to dominate possession as the search for the first goal began in earnest.
However, Leicester retained a threat on the break and they were almost ahead when a simple long ball over the top offered Vardy the chance to poke just wide.
Sadly it didn’t take long for the Reds to fall behind when Vardy finished ruthlessly from Marc Albrighton’s first-time pass. And then it went from bad to worse just before the break, as Drinkwater produced a brilliant volley that left Mignolet standing and nestled in the corner and doubled the hosts’ lead.
The second half
After the break Klopp switched to a 3-5-2 formation. But the Reds could only create half-chances and the Foxes were back to playing how they played last season.
A third goal was inevitable with the defence as bad as it was. And it came from none other than Jamie Vardy. Riyad Mahrez created space of the left before teeing up Christian Fuchs to swing in a cross for Vardy to nod home and secure the three points.
Emre Can’s fine dribble resulted in a low finish from Coutinho, to little consolation though, as the champions held out with little trouble.
Honestly, that was worse than Hull. But part of me expected that. No-one knew how Leicester would react after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri – would they come back with a win, or would they just crumble in front of us?
Southampton sack manager – Beat Liverpool
Hull sack manager – Beat Liverpool
Leicester sack manager – Beat Liverpool
Fucking laughing stock.
— Dean (@DeanCoombes) February 27, 2017
That tweet literally sums it up. It’s what we do best. It’s the curse of the sacked manager. Just typical.
I’m not saying that’s the end of the world, but emotions run high after a loss like that especially when you’ve been travelling hours and are somewhat intoxicated. The team were shite, the fans were shite, and that all needs sorting out before Arsenal on Saturday.
Wake up. Hungover, headache, shite. Go on Twitter.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 28, 2017
Can’t blame him for jumping ship can you? At least with the blueshite you’d expect to lose week in week out.
In all honesty, I’m not sure I can see a top four finish now. We are currently fifth, but Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United all surround us and have a game in hand. A win for United would see them finally move from sixth and above us. Our next few games are Arsenal, Burnley, City and the derby. We would be luck to get 7 points from those four games. I’d love to be proved wrong though.
What were your thoughts on last night’s loss? Comment below or tweet me.