Saturday, 30 December 2017

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City: Salah scores twice as Reds come from behind to beat the Foxes

Liverpool came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield, in their final game of the year.

The Reds took to Anfield for their last game of the year hoping to make it 15 unbeaten as they conflicted with a Leicester side gradually enhancing under Claude Puel. 

With new marking Virgil van Dijk viewing on from the stands following his £75 million move from Southampton, Liverpool had the driving force to awe. 

Jurgen Klopp rolled out five improvements to the side that whipped Swansea City 5-0 on Boxing Day, with Sadio Mane among those coming back to the beginning lineup. 

The Senegalese joined his kindred 'Fab Four' brethren, as Klopp handled a solid assaulting side which at last demonstrated definitive. 

With Van Dijk unfit to take to the field until New Year's Day, the requirement for such a considerable expense was pounded home after only two minutes when Jamie Vardy tapped in. 

Joel Matip's messy go out from the back sold Emre Can short, with Vicente Iborra escaping the German to nourish Riyad Mahrez in the case for a straightforward slide go crosswise over to the rampaging Vardy. 

This put extensive weight on Liverpool to separate a Leicester side prepared for a counter-assaulting game, and Salah had an awesome chance to reestablish the lead four minutes on, however sent his exertion wide from eight yards out. 

The Reds kept the power up as the guests proceeded with their courageous approach, and Mane had the ball in the back of the net from Andrew Robertson's prodding cross just to be discounted. 

Robertson was at the core of a punishment approach the half-hour check as Daniel Amartey put a hand on his shoulder on a mazy raced to the byline, however arbitrator Neil Swarbrick appropriately waved away interests. 

Philippe Coutinho drew an amazing square from Amartey after a one-two with Roberto Firmino, as the Foxes' undaunted barrier hung on for half-time. 

Plainly lifted by Klopp's half-time group talk, the Reds kept up the energy after the break, and this time received the benefits on 52 minutes. 

With Firmino coasting into the inside and bolstering the ball into Can's feet, the German played it towards Mane, whose savvy backheel floated into the way of Salah to flame home and make it 1-1. 

The mix play proceeded as the Foxes lost their cool, and Mane had Kasper Schmeichel beaten after a cut go from Coutinho, yet the No. 19 was managed offside. 

As the clock transformed into the last 20 minutes, Klopp picked to supplant Mane with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the in-shape midfielder entrusted with changing the game. 

It was his kindred summer marking, Salah, who put Liverpool ahead, however, turning away from the lamentable Harry Maguire to flame his 23rd objective of the crusade. 

Liverpool withdrew into a more profound arrangement in the wake of proceeding, with Klopp sending on Ragnar Klavan late on, as they hung on for another three important points.
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