Liverpool collapse to lose at Leicester, Man City aim to extend lead
Leicester deepened the crisis engulfing Liverpool as three late goals took the Foxes into second in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at the King Power and allowed Manchester City the chance to pull further clear of the defending champions on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have now lost three consecutive games and could find themselves down in sixth by the time Chelsea and West Ham play winnable home games on Monday night.
The Reds looked to have responded to a 4-1 thrashing handed out by City in their last outing with an impressive performance until a collapse in the final 12 minutes.
Two blunders from Alisson Becker gifted City goals last weekend and the Brazilian was at fault again, while new signing Ozan Kabak had a difficult debut at centre-back.
Liverpool’s superiority for the first three quarters of the game was rewarded by a brilliant team goal as Roberto Firmino’s flick was curled home by Mohamed Salah 23 minutes from time.
But unlike the relentless winning machine that picked up 196 points in the past two seasons, Liverpool’s confidence is now brittle and they self-imploded after Leicester’s fortunate equaliser from James Maddison’s free-kick.
The visitors felt Daniel Amartey should have been ruled offside for obstructing Alisson’s view, but a VAR review deemed the Ghanaian to be onside.
Alisson should have done better in any case to deal with Maddison’s shot and less than two minutes later he handed Leicester a second.
A long ball over the top should have been comfortably dealt with, but the onrushing goalkeeper got in Kabak’s way and the defender’s rushed clearance allowed Vardy to run the ball into an empty net…..read more