Leicester 1-0 Liverpool
Premier League (19), King Power Stadium
December 28, 2021
Liverpool’s final game of 2021 saw misses from Mo Salah (penalty) and Sadio Mane prove costly as Jurgen Klopp‘s side produced one of their worst displays in some time against a depleted Leicester team who played at Man City just two days ago.
Liverpool should have been ahead on 15 minutes when Mo Salah was fouled by Wilfried Ndidi inside the box, but the Egyptian’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel. It wasn’t the best spot-kick, at a good height for the keeper and not in the corner – his first miss in the Premier League since 2017.
Schmeichel produced a superb reaction save to deny Salah soon after, while a superb block by Joel Matip denied Jamie Vardy at the other end before the break.
Leicester were buoyed by the penalty miss, whereas Liverpool became increasingly sloppy. A trio of Jordan Henderson volleys over the bar were the most notable other opportunities along with a Diogo Jota half-chance.
Meanwhile, in the stands, vermin Leicester fans continued to show their absolute ignorance by singing about food poverty for most of the match.
Half time: Leicester 0-0 Liverpool
Sadio Mane had the first big chance of the second half, put through on goal but he blazed his shot over the bar with a truly awful finish.
The Reds toiled for an equaliser late on but produced little of note. Eventually, it was the first time in 34 games that they failed to score.
Next up is a trip to Chelsea on Sunday.
TIA Man of the Match: Kostas Tsimikas
Referee: Michael Oliver
Leicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Amartey, Ndidi, Thomas; Dewsbury-Hall, Soumare, Choudhury (Lookman 56′), Maddison; Iheanacho (Tielemans 56′), Vardy
Subs not used: Ward, Albrighton, Perez, Vestergaard, Daley-Campbell, Nelson, McAteer
Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Konate, Williams, Beck, Jones