Leicester City staged a stunning late return to beat Liverpool as Premier League champions collapsed and paid the price for another defensive disaster involving keeper Alisson.
Liverpool seemed to solidify their four best aspirations when Mohamed Salah put them in the lead in the 67th minute with a clever finish after a piece of individual brilliance in Robert Firmin’s penalty area.
Leicester – who wasn’t the best, although Jamie Vardy missed two glorious chances in the first half – suddenly bounced off the canvas and drowned the champions with three goals in a chaotic seven-minute period.
Foxes saw the video assistant referee dismiss the penalty in the 78th minute, although a free kick by James Maddison found himself in the net next to Alisson, initially ruled out for offside against Daniel Amartey before being awarded after a VAR check.
Leicester’s second three minutes later was another horror for Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, whose poor approvals contributed to two goals in Manchester City’s win at Anfield last Sunday. This time, the Brazilian recklessly flew out to clear the long ball of Youri Tielemans, to farcically score in the debut of defender Ozan Kabak, leaving Vardy to throw the ball into the empty net.
And Brendan Rodgers watched the Foxes rub salt into the wounds of his former side, while Harvey Barnes with a five-minute remaining added a pass from Wilfred Ndidi.
Leicester go to second place, while Liverpool’s third consecutive defeat in the league means their place in the top four looks dangerous.
Liverpool’s skating continues
The unimpressive defense of the Liverpool Premier League champions suffered more embarrassment as they rejected a position of relative control at Leicester to capitulate at the first sign of failure.
Jurgen Klopp’s team is unrecognizable for the overwhelming combination of talent and concrete-clad self-confidence that swept all the challengers last season to win its first title in 30 years.
The Reds had a lot of possession, without a lot of punches, until Salah brought them in front – and warning signs were set in the first half when Vardy headed straight for Alisson and hit the crossbar with two chances he would otherwise have taken advantage of.
There has been an element of controversy over Maddison’s equalizer for Leicester, but it is precisely the lack of response – total capitulation – that will be of great concern to Klopp as his side lost their third consecutive league game for the first time since November 2014. , when Rodgers was in charge.
The visitor’s body language faltered after they accepted the speeches a lot, and their recent fall summed up another Alisson mistake as he crashed and crashed into a new loan to sign Kabak in an incident that had problems written from the time the Guardian of Brazil left his area .
He then redeemed himself with a magnificent save from Vardy, but the match had already passed and Barnes managed to confirm Leicester’s victory.
Sure, Liverpool will list their lengthy list of injuries, but the players currently in action must get better, and Thiago Alcantara is on as a substitute for the injured James Milner, bad pace and losing possession countless times.
This is the worst period of Klopp’s reign, but Liverpool will have to pick themselves up immediately with a Champions League match against RB Leipzig and a Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield in the next seven days.
Leicester digs deep into victory
Leicester looked stunned after their efforts in the FA Cup against Brighton in the middle of the week and seemed to be heading for defeat when Salah brought Liverpool ahead – so that says a lot about their character that they retaliated and relentlessly cashed in on that computer.
Yes, Liverpool offered them a gift for the second goal, but the hosts seem to have felt the champions were hit hard by Maddison’s equalizer and they pounced on three points that put them in second place in the final whistle.
It also meant Rodgers became the first former Liverpool manager to win against them in the Premier League since Roy Hodgson won with West Brom in April 2012.
Vardy proved his importance once again as Barnes, who struggled in the first half, showed his quality and determination in the second to show a breath of class for Leicester’s third.
Liverpool lost here 4-0 and marked the beginning of the end of Fox’s title hope last season – this win will bolster their belief that the top four candidates are very serious after missing out on a Champions League place on the final day of last season.
‘It’s not that cool’ – the reaction
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talking about the BBC’s match of the day: “It was a clear game that we should win.
“We played good football, dominated possession, played a game from Leicester. Their first goal for me is offside. The difference is that we think it’s an objective thing, but it’s not. Three players offside, but it was decided to use another moment the game is such.
“The second goal is obviously a misunderstanding. It’s a situation where we should be shouting, and I haven’t heard anyone shout. It’s not that cool.
“I really don’t like the third goal. We’re so open. I can’t accept it. That was it. The 75-minute performance or something was outstanding, and then we lost 3-1. It shows what a tricky situation we are in. “
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers talking about the BBC match of the day: “It was a very good win, the players deserved it.
“We did not sink when we were behind the goal, we remained calm and the players were brilliant in that period – the real performance of the collective team.
“You can see an improvement in the way the team thinks. Our reaction was great.”
The Reds miss goals – statistics
- Klopp became the ninth manager to lead 300 games for Liverpool in all competitions, while the German became the first Reds boss to lose his 300th match to Bill Shankly in 1965.
- Rodgers became the first former Liverpool manager to beat the Reds in the Premier League since Roy Hodgson did so with West Brom in April 2012.
- Liverpool have conceded seven goals in their last two Premier League games, as they had in the previous 10. The Reds have conceded 32 goals in 24 league games this season, just one less than they have conceded in all of 2019-20.
- Just against Arsenal (11) Vardy scored more goals in the Premier League than he scored against Liverpool (eight).
- Maddison has been involved in eight goals in the past nine Premier League games, scoring four and assisting on four.
- Barnes have scored more Premier League goals (eight) this season than any other England midfielder.
- Salah became the first player to score 10 away goals in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool face RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday (20:00 GMT) and Leicester play Slavia Prague in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday (17:55 GMT).
- 6EvansBooked for 43 minutes
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 8TielemansReplaced byChoudhuryu 87 ‘minutes
- 11AlbrightonReplaced byPerezu 74 ‘minutesReplaced byMendyu 90 ‘minutes
- 19PumpkinBooked at 71min
- 7MilnerReplaced byThiago Alcantarau 17 ‘minutes
- 5WijnaldumReplaced byShaqiriu 87 ‘minutes
- 17JonesBooked for 24 minutesReplaced byOxlade-Chamberlainu 75 ‘minutes
- 6Thiago Alcantara
- 46R Williams
- 76N Williams
The match ends, Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1.
End of the second half, Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1.
Corner, Liverpool. Submitted by Ricardo Pereira.
Offense Sadia Manéa (Liverpool).
Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) takes the free-kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaced Ayoze Pérez due to injury.
Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Youri Tielemans.
Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaced Georgini Wijnaldum.
Goal! Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) shot with his right foot from the center of the penalty area to the bottom right corner. Wilfred Ndidi assisted after a quick break.
Try saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) saves with a right foot from the hard corner on the right side saves in the middle of the goal.
Try saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) sends a shot from the right flank into the middle of the goal.
Offside, Leicester City. James Maddison tries to trap the ball but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.
Goal! Leicester City 2, Liverpool 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) shot with his right foot from the center of the penalty area to the bottom right corner.
VAR decision: Goal Leicester City 1-1 Liverpool (James Maddison).
Goal! Leicester City 1, Liverpool 1. James Maddison (Leicester City) from a free kick to the center of the goal. Goal scored after VAR’s review.
VAR decision: No penalty Leicester City.
Thiago (Liverpool) fouls.
Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) takes the free-kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Curtis Jones.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez replaces Marc Albrighton.