Liverpool beaten at Leaicester as Salah has penalty saved

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Ademola LookmanAdemola Lookman's opener was Leicester's first shot on target

Ademola Lookman scored the only goal as Leicester beat Liverpool to leave the Reds six points off the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool's biggest chances came in the first half when Mohamed Salah had a 15th-minute penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel and headed the rebound off the bar.

Sadio Mane then missed a couple of opportunities for Jurgen Klopp's side before they were made to pay by the hosts in the 59th minute.

Former Everton forward Lookman, with only his fourth touch after coming on, took Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's pass in his stride, beat Joel Matip and rifled a shot past Alisson - Leicester's only shot on target.

Leicester, missing several first-team players, hung on despite relentless late Liverpool pressure - just six days after blowing a 3-1 lead to lose on penalties against the same opposition in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

With only their second defeat of the season, Liverpool are now six points behind leaders Manchester City, while Leicester - who have won just two games out of seven - move up to ninth.

The Reds could also end 2021 in third place and nine points off top spot if Pep Guardiola's City beat Brentford, and Chelsea at least draw with Brighton, on Wednesday.

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Goals seemed to be practically guaranteed in this one. Liverpool had scored a club record 50 in their opening 18 league games.

Leicester had netted 12 and let in another dozen in their last four games, including the 3-3 cup draw at Anfield and a 6-3 defeat by Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Injury problems for the Foxes meant Wilfred Ndidi returned from a hamstring problem to start at centre-back.

He fouled Salah for the penalty which everybody expected to produce the opener.

But Schmeichel guessed right as the Reds failed from the spot for the first time in the Premier League in more than four years.

Salah should also have netted the rebound too with Schmeichel on the ground, but his looping header in front of an empty net hit the crossbar.

That means he ends 2021 on 24 Premier League goals and 11 assists.

The Reds had a host of half-chances, with Jordan Henderson half-volleying off target on three occasions in the opening period.

Schmeichel then did well to keep out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's overhit cross and Salah's first-time effort - with Mane missing a couple of good chances too.

Leicester sub Ademola Lookman made a big impact against Liverpool

Vardy caused the visitors problems - but substitute Lookman's goal three minutes after coming on was their only shot on target.

In their thrilling cup clash, Liverpool came from two goals down to break the Foxes' hearts with a 95th-minute equaliser, but this time the hosts held their nerve.

Liverpool kept pushing until the end with Diogo Jota heading wide and Schmeichel saving a Virgil van Dijk shot with his feet.

This was their first league game without scoring in 29 outings and makes Sunday's trip to Chelsea - the last before Salah, Mane and Naby Keita go to the Africa Cup of Nations - almost a must-win meeting.

Player of the match

SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

with an average of 8.27

Leicester City

  1. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  2. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall

  3. Squad number37Player nameLookman

  4. Squad number33Player nameThomas

  5. Squad number25Player nameNdidi

  6. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  7. Squad number18Player nameAmartey

  8. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  9. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  10. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  11. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  12. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

  13. Squad number42Player nameSoumaré

  14. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury

Liverpool

  1. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

  2. Squad number32Player nameMatip

  3. Squad number1Player nameAlisson

  4. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

  5. Squad number3Player nameFabinho

  6. Squad number14Player nameHenderson

  7. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

  8. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

  10. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain

  11. Squad number10Player nameMané

  12. Squad number7Player nameMilner

  13. Squad number8Player nameKeïta

  14. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 18Amartey
  • 25Ndidi
  • 33Thomas
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forLookmanat 56'minutes
  • 42Soumaré
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forAlbrightonat 68'minutes
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 9Vardy
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forTielemansat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Tielemans
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 17Pérez
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 37Lookman
  • 38Daley-Campbell
  • 45Nelson
  • 49McAteer

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32MatipBooked at 4mins
  • 4van Dijk
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forFirminoat 70'minutes
  • 3FabinhoSubstituted forMilnerat 64'minutes
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forKeïtaat 55'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 20Jota
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 7Milner
  • 8Keïta
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 17Jones
  • 62Kelleher
  • 63Beck
  • 76N Williams

Referee:Michael Oliver

Attendance:32,230

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Leicester City 1, Liverpool 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Liverpool 0.

  3. Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

  4. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Daniel Amartey.

  5. Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Naby Keïta.

  6. James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Ademola Lookman (Leicester City).

  8. Foul by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

  9. Ademola Lookman (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Timothy Castagne.

  11. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Daniel Amartey.

  12. Attempt blocked. Naby Keïta (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

  13. Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross following a corner.

  14. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.

  15. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  16. Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

  18. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Timothy Castagne.

  19. Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool).

  20. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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