Thinking in the “same road”, Leicester will at least show something in the welcome of Liverpool in the 36th round of the Premier League, but in the end they have completely lost 3 goals without removing.
Final result Leicester vs Liverpool (0-3)
Score: Curtis Jones (33′, 36′); Alexander-Arnold (71′)
The two sides are participating in two completely different races. While Leicester are fighting for their lives, Liverpool are doing all they can to compete for the Champions League ticket next season.
Before welcoming The Kop, Leicester ranked 19th with 30 points and 2 points behind the safety group. The Foxes really face the risk of becoming the second club ever to win the Premier League to be relegated in history (after Blackburn).
Meanwhile, Liverpool is 5th in the table. After a long time of disappointment, Klopp’s teachers and students have returned impressively with a series of 6 consecutive wins. In particular, The Kop defeated a number of teams in the bottom group such as Leeds, Nottingham and West Ham.
Economically, the goals of the two teams are not much different. Relegation certainly costs Leicester a large amount of money, just as Liverpool lost tickets to the Champions League. Similarly, Leicester will lose many bright stars in the event of relegation, then Liverpool is completely capable of buying a series of rookies if they do not have a place in Europe’s most prestigious tournament.
Compared to the last match (winning Brentford 1-0), coach Klopp made two personnel adjustments when the veteran face Jordan Henderson was present in the middle, helping Cody Gakpo to return to his favorite attack to combine. with Mohamed Salah with Luis Diaz (replacing Diogo Jota).
The two sides entered the game relatively cautiously and firmly, making the game less exciting. The first opportunity belonged to the home team when they organized a quick counterattack from the opponent’s wrong pass. Maddison passed the ball reasonably to Vardy but Alisson rushed out in time to stop the English striker.
Such phases were not many in the first half, but the goal still appeared, even twice and belonged to the same team. In the 34th minute, goalkeeper Alisson launched an attack from the home field, Wout Faes handled it quite awkwardly, so it opened an opportunity for the visitors to coordinate. Salah stuffed the ball towards the second column and Curtis Jones was present, gently making a cushion to hit the home team.
Not yet fully recovered, Leicester had to receive another goal. It was still Salah who provided the assist, but this time it was just a gentle touch, enough to give Curtis Jones another favorable opportunity. The midfielder born in 2001 touched the ball perfectly and then turned to finish the class, defeating Iversen. Remember that since being promoted to Liverpool’s first team (2019/20), Jones has never scored more than 1 goal per season in the Premier League.
Salah would have completed his hat-trick in the first half if teammate Gakpo had finished better when there was only one goalkeeper left in front. Despite being led to 2 goals, Leicester could not (and did not dare) rise strongly to turn the game around.
Therefore, it was very difficult for them to get a screen to threaten the opponent’s goal while Liverpool “turned on” the mode to protect the results when pulling down the tempo of the game significantly, playing the ball slowly, sometimes very sleepy.
But the third goal still came to the Merseyside team. In the 71st minute, from the free-kick to the left in the direction of the attack, Salah jerked his heel lightly for Alexander-Arnold to launch a very dangerous spin into the high corner of the far post and Iversen’s desperate save effort only added to the embellishment. for this masterpiece.
Salah deserved the goal after scoring a hat-trick of assists but he should also blame himself for missing a delicious opportunity: kicking wide of goal in the face of Iversen. Anyway, “Egyptian Messi” has made great contributions to Liverpool’s 7th consecutive victory in the Premier League, thereby continuing to follow MU (4th) with 1 point less.
On the opposite side, Leicester lost completely, so they remained at the penultimate position in the rankings. In the remaining two rounds, Dean Smith’s teachers and students have to encounter a Newcastle who is racing in the Top 4 with Liverpool itself and a not-so-simple West Ham (unless the “sledgehammer” is officially relegated by then). The important thing is that if Leicester continue to play as soulless as this match, relegation seems to be inevitable.
LEICESTER VS LIVERPOOL TEAM
LEICESTER CITY (4-3-3): Daniel Iversen, Ricardo Pereira (Thomas 67′), Wout Faes, Jonny Evans, Timothy Castagne; Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi (Daka 61′), Boubakary Soumare; James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes (Tete 61′).
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson (Milner 74′), Fabinho, Curtis Jones (Carvalho 84′); Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz (Jota 70′)