As our sister site covered in Premier League football news, Leicester City moved up to ninth place in the standings. After conceding six at Manchester City on Boxing Day, Leicester boosted morale, winning 1-0 over Liverpool at King Power Stadium.
Ademola Lookman, following up his goal against champions Manchester City on Boxing Day, added to Liverpool’s woes by scoring here.
He and his Leicester side thus left Liverpool unable to score for the first time in 29 league games.
Premier League Football News – Leicester City Moved Up to Ninth Place
Liverpool dominated the first half against an injury-hit Leicester. And they were inches close to taking a deserved lead when they earned a 16th-minute penalty.
However, instead, home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved a spot kick by Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who stepped up to the spot.
The chances kept coming for the visitors. But significantly, Sadio Mane blazed the ball over when he should have scored early in the second half.
And such profligacy from Liverpool proved costly for them as Lookman fired Leicester in front just before the hour mark. This goal, which was eventually the only one throughout, caused scenes of euphoric celebrations amongst King Power Stadium’s home crowd.
It was all defence for Leicester after that, but they dug in to form a wall and secured a win.
What Did the Managers Say?
“It was not our plan tonight to give City the chance to run away,” Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp told reporters. “If we play like tonight, we do not think about catching up with City.
“But if we play our football, we can see what that means [for the title race].
“I don’t have a proper explanation for tonight. To find one is my main concern, not how City are doing.”
“We needed some effort not to score tonight,” Klopp added. “We had quite a few chances.
“I didn’t like the intensity even in the beginning but sometimes we have starts like this and we lost rhythm and never found it back.
“Tonight, I didn’t like a lot in our game so we have to do better. We just weren’t ourselves.”
Now, second-placed Liverpool are six points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Foxes coach Brendan Rodgers got one over on the side he used to manage.
“Given the context of the game on the back of Sunday [against City], the players put in a heroic performance given the recovery time and having played City,” Rodgers said.
“The players were amazing how they coped. We had to defend for our lives. I am really pleased for the players tonight.”