Liverpool crumble after Alisson’s howler

Reigning champions Liverpool suffered their third successive league defeat as Leicester City came back from a goal down to win 3-1 against Jurgen Klopp’s men. Liverpool’s lingering hopes of title defence were crushed, as the Foxes scored three second half goals in the space of seven minutes to pile more misery on Jurgen Klopp.

The game started off with a good pace as both teams crafted decent opportunities in the opening minutes. As expected, Liverpool dominated the possession and Leicester countered at every opportunity. Liverpool’s injury woes continued as James Milner had to be replaced by Thiago early in the game after suffering a muscle injury.

Amartey produced a superb last ditch challenge to deny Sadio Mane from scoring after Salah dinked the ball over onrushing Schmeichel. The Reds were on the ascendency as Schmeichel produced a stunning save with his arm to deny Firmino, but the replays suggested the Brazilian was offside in the buildup.

Leicester had a couple of great chances to open the scoring through Vardy in the final minutes of first half. However, the England international thumped his first chance onto the crossbar, and saw his second saved well by Alisson.

Both teams settled into the same rhythm in the opening minutes of second half, but neither could create any clearcut opportunities in front of the goal. Liverpool’s possession paid off as they opened the scoring in the 67th minute through Salah, who steered his shot into the top-left after Firmino set him up with an exquisite back heel.

Leicester City equalised through James Maddison in the 79th minute, after the England international’s low free kick from the edge of the box evaded everyone to nestle into the bottom-right corner.

Alisson’s nightmares in goal continued as the Brazilian’s howler gifted Leicester City their second goal in the 81st minute. Alisson’s attempt to boot clear a long ball over the top failed as he collided with Kabak, and the ball rolled kindly in the path of Vardy, who walked it into an unguarded net.

Alisson however kept Liverpool in the game by producing a superb stop to deny Vardy a minute later. But the Foxes scored a third in their typical fashion through Harvey Barnes, who tucked home his effort beyond Alisson after Ndidi player the England U-21 international through on the left channel.

The result sees Liverpool remain in fourth position, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have two games in hand. Meanwhile Leicester move temporarily to second place, a point above Manchester United, and four points behind Manchester City.

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