Leicester City 1-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten by Ademola Lookman’s goal with the defeat putting a huge rift on their Premier League title
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In terms of his fantastic year, Mohamed Salah probably has to have a game in 2021 that he would rather forget.
Had Salah taken an early penalty at King Power, the end result would not have been a form it would have been a very, very strong probability.
Instead, Ademola Lookman’s brilliant second-half strike meant Liverpool entered the second half of the season SIX points behind Man City.
And in terms of Man City’s brilliant performance without regret, it was an ominous gap.
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Things would certainly be different if Salah didn’t create strangers beside the familiar.
The familiar was to find a rogue in the box – this foot belonged to interim defender Wilfred Ndidi – while the stranger took a free-kick, it simply touched Kasper Schmeichel. falling in his midfield.
For a good measure, Salah headed the ball wide of the post and was ineffective in the own goal.
It was a Salah hat-trick that you will hardly see repeated.
And for those who love a statistic, it is the first penalty in the Premier League that Liverpool have missed in more than four years.
They have converted 21 previous penalties in the Premier League, the last 9 of which were taken by Salah.
The law of averages takes someone’s help and it just happens Leicester ‘S.
To be fair, Brendan Rodgers’ men needed all the help they could get.
A fair bit of justice from their keeper, whose one-handed save from another Salah strike was particularly impressive.
It was clear from the first moments that Schmeichel would be the busier keeper but Leicester’s first-half performance was not without encouraging moments, Jamie Vardy’s movement required a Joel Matip’s outstanding defensive intervention.
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But Liverpool, having rested while their opponents were beaten by Manchester City on Gift Day, are clearly the fresher team.
Combine that with the undeniable fact that they are, even on an even physical playing field, simply a better team, when there should really only be one outcome.
But Leicester’s tenacity is superb, as are their willingness to follow a plan of play that relies entirely on counter-attacking.
Considering how accomplished they are in that discipline, the plot is hardly a surprise and almost pays off when only Kostas Tsimikas’ outstretched leg prevents one from looking after Vardy.
Speaking of babysitters, no one expected Sadio Mane to put one in the stands and the same character cut another precious opportunity into Schmeichel’s arms.
And Liverpool paid the price when, just minutes into the game, Lookman played one or two from a distance with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and finished with some tackles.
Predictably, Liverpool threw everything at Leicester in the late game but could not find a way past Schmeichel.
And sarcastic cheers as Salah volleys high and wide in the night.
The battle for the title has become a lot tougher for Klopp, Liverpool and Salah.