Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
Premier League, Anfield
December 30, 2017
Goals: Jamie Vardy 3′, Mohamed Salah 52′ 75′.
Liverpool had to come from behind to take the three points at Anfield in a feisty encounter against Leicester.
An early defensive lapse saw the Reds a goal down inside three minutes, Jamie Vardy scoring from close range in front of a watching Virgil van Dijk.
Mohamed Salah had three good chances to equalise but failed to add to his goal tally as the Reds were left frustrated, a goal down at the break.
Soon after the restart it was all square though as Sadio Mane‘s backheel released Salah, who danced into space and this time fired in the equaliser.
And the Egyptian rolled his man and buried his second of the afternoon with 15 minutes left to complete a turnaround.
Here’s how the watching fans saw the game unfold…
Van Dijk’s arrival to the stadium had fans eagerly anticipating his influence on the team even before he was officially part of the squad…
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) December 30, 2017
Great to have the Van Dijk saga over and the player finally at Anfield. He’ll have a huge impact on our defence; authoritative, aerially dominant and comfortable in possession.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 30, 2017
Tremendous ovation for Billy Hogan as he took his seat in the Main Stand. Or it could have been for the fella with him Virgil Van Dijk…
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) December 30, 2017
…And the early goal conceded by the current back four didn’t help matters.
Virgil Van Dijk shaking his head in the stands. #LIVLEI
— D E E P D A S T A R D L Y (@srijandeep) December 30, 2017
That showed why Van Dijk is worth all the money, Matip cant pass and Lovren refuses to pick up Vardys run, great defending as usual.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) December 30, 2017
Poor from Matip but Can needs to work harder to help out his teammate there
— Trevenderson (@Trevski_LFC) December 30, 2017
”Matip with the error but fans will blame Karius and Lovren.”
– Roberto Figueroa on Facebook.
— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) December 30, 2017
First-half chances came and went, with Salah in particular missing a few…
It's one of them where we're going to have 20 clear chances on goal and then Leicester will have their second shot on target from a corner and make it 2-0 won't they…
— Dan Shepherd (@TheCarteI) December 30, 2017
It’s going to be one of these days, isn’t it? ?
— Olafur H. Tomasson (@Olafur_Tomasson) December 30, 2017
Liverpool are actually playing very well. Shouldn't be losing this match. Salah's not got his finishing boots on… yet!
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) December 30, 2017
Liverpool have created 8 good openings in 20 minutes since Vardy's goal. Schmeichel saved a few, Salah missed a few and Mane rightly flagged offside when converting Robertson's cross.
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) December 30, 2017
At half time there was the usual quick-fire reaction to the Reds being behind…
It's been 4 matches and a half but Klopp's Liverpool still can't score a goal v Puel's Southampton and now Leicester. 405 minutes!
— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) December 30, 2017
Poor goal to give away.
But, it's only halftime, and we're more than capable of churning out 3 or 4 goals after getting it back to 1 all.
A change in midfield is needed in my opinion. Oxlade or Lallana.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) December 30, 2017
”I think Mane should be rested for Chamberlain and Can must push a bit forward. Central defence is very suspicious. Lastly we need some luck too.”
– Rodriguez Rodrick on Facebook.
After the restart Salah finally found his shooting boots…
Sensational assist from Sadio.
— the unbearables (@UTFR92) December 30, 2017
Brilliant there by Mo, The goal we needed!
— Michael Borg? (@mxborg) December 30, 2017
21 – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 21 goals in 21 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season (16 goals, 5 assists). Ridiculous.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2017
Liverpool now have two assist-scorer combos with four goals this season:
Coutinho to Firmino
Mane to Salah#fabfour
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) December 30, 2017
Credit where credit is due. 2 more goals. Salah you little bastard.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 30, 2017
And Salah’s second sealed the comeback win which left fans happy overall, but with mixed views on individual performances.
Got to love Salah, great skills and goals, but should have played Can square on the first one IMO. Costly lesson learned from Everton game. Lovely 3 points, well done red men! #LFC
— Vegard Heggem (@vedgy) December 30, 2017
Robertson was very poor today attacking wise.. but his interception near the end was vital ??
— Seán (Geezer) (@IrishRed1892) December 30, 2017
”Emre’s heads gone. He was bloody awful. Shouldn’t play again IMO.”
– Gooden L on Facebook.
Joe Gomez, brilliant performance.
— Our Year (@ScouseOfTheEast) December 30, 2017
”Cant believe Lukaku is 75m and Salah is just 35m! What a bargain!”
– Abdul Karim Hassan on Facebook.
— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) December 30, 2017
Most satisfying win of the season that.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) December 30, 2017
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