Premier League

  • J. Vardy 28’
  • D. Drinkwater 39’
  • J. Vardy 60’
  • 68’ Philippe Coutinho
2 Half Time 0
Premier League
King Power Stadium
Attendance 32,034


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
    • 90'
    • 90'
      Liverpool are imploring hope as a tactic in these dying minutes. There's nothing measured or calculated about their approach play here, rather just heaving balls into the box and hoping for the best.
    • 90'
      SI B. Chilwell SO M. Albrighton
    • 90'
      Ben Chilwell replaces Albrighton in the final change of the match for either side.
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      That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along.
    • 0'
      Jamie Vardy struck twice and Danny Drinkwater added another as the Foxes' began the post-Claudio Ranieri era with dominating display to climb out of the bottom three. For at least a night, Leicester looked like champions again, while it's back to the drawing board for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
    • 0'
      The post-Claudio Ranieri era at the King Power is off to a flyer as goals from Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater have Leicester decisively ahead at the interval, with an uninspired Liverpool side bottling their chance at creeping into the top four.
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      Jurgen Klopp makes just one change from the victory over Tottenham a fortnight ago, bringing Emre Can into midfield in place of the injured Jordan Henderson. Lucas Leiva continues to deputise in defence in the absence of Dejan Lovren.
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      Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare makes just one change to the Leicester side from the defeat to Sevilla in midweek in the Champions League. The hard working Shinji Okazaki is brought into attack at the expense of Ahmed Musa, who has been dropped from the matchday squad altogether.
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      SUBS: Karius, Klavan, Moreno, Origi, Stewart, Woodburn, Arnold.
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      LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Lallana, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.
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      SUBS: Chilwell, King, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Gray, Ulloa.
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      LEICESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Drinkwater, Ndidi; Mahrez, Okazaki, Albrighton; Vardy.
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      Liverpool are in the thick of a congested race for the top four, giving tonight’s match something of a must-win feel as, despite many of those around them sitting idle this weekend as a result of the League Cup final, they sit on the outside of the top four, looking in, with the opportunity to pull
    • 0'
      It’s not often the spotlight shines away from Liverpool, but that’s the case tonight following Ranieri’s departure and it should prove a refreshing change of pace for Jurgen Klopp, who has had over a fortnight to prepare his side for this game.
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      Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare is now in charge of rewriting the script in the hopes of avoiding a tragic end to a comedic title defence from the Foxes, sitting third from the bottom coming into tonight as they stare the threat of relegation in the face – and unlike Gloucester in King Lear, they c
    • 0'
      Leicester won the lottery and nine months later have filed for bankruptcy. That’s the feeling surrounding the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, who shockingly finds himself out of a job less than a year after guiding the Foxes to the most unlikely title success in the history of the sport – or sports as a
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the King Power Stadium as the post-Claudio Ranieri era begins in Leicester when they host Liverpool!
    • 1'
      AND THEY'RE OFF! Leicester in blue as they get the match underway, attacking left to right, with Liverpool in red.
    • 2'
      A collision between Sadio Mane and Jamie Vardy plagues the tempo of the match early on, as after just 60 seconds the Liverpool forward is down and in need of treatment - though it doesn't appear to be anything serious for the in-form attacker.
    • 4'
      The atmosphere inside the King Power is polarising. You can almost feel the conflicted emotions of these supporters, those who want the club to stave off relegation while at the same time are struggling to accept the sacking of boss Claudio Ranieri, who was more than just a cult here, but a god, eig
    • 6'
      There's a good intensity about Leicester in the early going, at least, though it's the least you would expect given recent events. Any player who wasn't locked in and focused at kick-off tonight probably isn't cut out for the industry.
    • 7'
      LOVELY STOP! It's a mishit shot from Vardy that results in the game's first chance, as the ball is sent bouncing into the path of Okazaki in the area, but his header from eight yards is parried expertly by Mignolet!
    • 9'
      STAT: Liverpool won the previous encounter 4-1 in September, but they haven’t beaten Leicester home and away in the same season since 2001-02.
    • 11'
      DELIGHTFUL INTERVENTION! An incredibly crafty one-two between Lallana and Mane carves Leicester apart. The latter plays a square ball across the face of goal for Firmino, but Morgan slides in at the vital moment to deny the Brazilian what would have been a simple tap in!
    • 13'
      Leicester's early wave of momentum seems to have crested already, not even a third of the way into the first half. Liverpool have found their footing and the tides are shifting a bit as possession spends more time with the red shirts from Merseyside.
    • 15'
      SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Huth buries his head in his hands as he skies his chance from a corner after being left unmarked by Liverpool's zonal approach to defending the set piece. Had it not been Huth there, Morgan was also unmarked a few feet in front of him.
    • 17'
      There's a nice, open feel to this match thus far, though the tempo isn't particularly high. We have had chances at both ends, but it honestly doesn't seem like it as the periods between these opportunities are often slow and stuttered.
    • 19'
      STAT: Leicester have lost their last five league games – the only other reigning top-flight champion to lose six on the bounce are Everton in 1928/29 (final six games of the season).
    • 21'
      VERY NEARLY! Vardy continues to look lively leading the line and he produces a pair of superb touches to bring down a long ball over the top and get beyond Matip in the area, but his effort from close range is blocked aside by Mignolet, who has been a brick wall in goal thus far!
    • 23'
      The first goal in this game will be crucial, for obvious reasons. Leicester's confidence is incredibly fragile at the moment and you wouldn't fancy their ability to keep the door shut at the back should they be forced to press for an equaliser, while Liverpool have not played well from behind this s
    • 25'
      Liverpool's attacking presence has been sporadic at best in this first half. They have poked and prodded, but consistency has been lacking. There's really not much pace or urgency about their approach play, either.
    • 27'
      Leicester have a worry here as Simpson goes down in need of attention after seemingly twisting his ankle following a coming together with Coutinho. It looked a bad one for the full-back at first glance, but he's able to pop back to his feet after a bit of attention and looks fine to continue.
    • 28'
      G J. Vardy Assist M. Albrighton
    • 28'
      LEIECESTER HAVE THEIR FIRST GOAL OF 2017! It's been a long time coming for the Foxes, 638 minutes to be exact, but it's well worth the wait! Vintage football from Leicester as Vardy is sprung behind the defence and produces a cool finish in alone with Mignolet!
    • 28'
      Tidy throughball there from Albrighton who is credited with the assist.
    • 30'
      STAT: Leicester’s last four Premier League goals against Liverpool have all been scored by Jamie Vardy. He’s the only Leicester player to score against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
    • 32'
      The King Power has a renewed energy! These supporters have been rejuvenated! It's hard to feel bad for them given how last season played out, but 2017 has been nothing short of a disaster for the Foxes, so that goal will feel like a huge weight lifted off their shoulders.
    • 34'
      Leicester are back on the front foot and hungry for more. It's vintage Vardy up top, running after everything and playing off the shoulder. Another good bit of hold up play sees him tee up Ndidi, but the midfielder's first-time strike is saved comfortably by Mignolet.
    • 36'
      Liverpool look stunned, but in fairness this is how they've been for the duration of the first half thus far. Perhaps the two-week break has been more of a hindrance for Klopp's troops than anything, because motivation appears to be in shockingly short supply right now.
    • 39'
      G D. Drinkwater Assist M. Albrighton
    • 39'
      STUNNING HIT! LEICESTER DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Incredible technique behind that strike from Drinkwater, who latches onto a loose ball and hammers a lightning bolt of a half-volley into the far bottom corner, leaving Mignolet rooted to his spot!
    • 41'
      STAT: Leicester are the only side with a 100 per cent winning record when scoring the first goal in Premier League games this season (5/5 before tonight).
    • 43'
      This is more like the Leicester of old (not so much old, but last season). They have the energy and tenacity we grew used to seeing from them. Meanwhile, coming off a two-week break, Liverpool look a shell of themselves. Their lack of motivation and fighting spirit is embarrassing.
    • 45'
      There will be two minutes added on at the end of the first half.
    • 46'
      Back underway at the King Power!
    • 48'
      A slightly better start to this second half from Liverpool, but they don't look particularly sharp when they get into the final third. Leicester's defence has been broken down time and time again this season, but the Reds are making them look unsolvable tonight.
    • 50'
      Liverpool are leaving themselves exposed a bit as they send bodies forward, not that they have much of a choice in the matter. Leicester have yet to expose the gaps, but you can already see them forming as the full-backs bomb forward.
    • 52'
      STAT: Leicester won this exact fixture last season thanks to brace from Jamie Vardy (2-0). They’ve not won back-to-back home league games against Liverpool since August 1972.
    • 54'
      SCHMEICHEL GATHERS! The ball falls kindly for Coutinho in space, dead centre, just over 20 yards from goal. His shot finds a way through the crowd of bodies, but Schmeichel is able to locate it and make the save.
    • 56'
      Mane is beginning to command the ball, but not enough can be said about the impact Ndidi has had on this game. Vardy and Drinkwater will steal the headlines, but Ndidi has been a vulture in midfield tonight. He has yet to stop working.
    • 58'
      CLEVER IDEA! Good bit of improvisation from Mane who cuts onto his left in the box and quickly fires a strike towards the near post, but Huth did well to block passage and stand his ground, deflecting it behind for a corner.
    • 60'
      G J. Vardy Assist M. Albrighton
    • 60'
      THEY LOOK LIKE CHAMPIONS AGAIN! Three goals, three points and passage out of the bottom three for Leicester now, surely! Mahrez and Fuchs link-up on the left, with the latter playing a terrific cross in for Vardy who guides a delightful header in at the far post!
    • 60'
      Fuchs hasn't been heavily involved in attack tonight, but he picked out a gem of a cross there!
    • 62'
      STAT: Jamie Vardy had scored in just one of his last 18 Premier League games before today (a hat-trick v Manchester City in December).
    • 64'
      SCHMEICHEL SAVES! The keeper has hardly been called into action tonight and when he has, it's been routine, but there was nothing routine about that acrobatic dive to thwart Lallana's effort after some good build-up play between him, Mane and Coutinho.
    • 66'
      SI Alberto Moreno SO M. Albrighton
    • 66'
      SI D. Origi SO M. Albrighton
    • 66'
      The second switch has Divock Origi coming on at the expense of Lallana.
    • 66'
      A double change for Liverpool, though this match appears a lost cause for them. The first of which sees Alberto Moreno replace Mane.
    • 67'
      The arrival of Origi should provide Liverpool with more of a threat in the centre, something that has been so desperately lacking with Firmino in the role of the false nine.
    • 68'
      G Philippe Coutinho Assist M. Albrighton
    • 68'
      Can provides the assist.
    • 68'
      GAME ON? You wouldn't think so, but just maybe, as Liverpool have a shred of hope. It's a terrific finish from Coutinho, rolling an effort in at the near post at the end of some tidy interplay, with Can playing him in.
    • 69'
      SI D. Amartey SO M. Albrighton
    • 69'
      Leicester's first change sees Daniel Amartey replace Okazaki.
    • 71'
      It's not particularly probably at this point, but if Liverpool can get a second in the next 10 minutes then it really would be game on at the King Power. Leicester are still in a great position, but this is a crucial period for them.
    • 73'
      STAT: Liverpool have won more away games against reigning Premier League champions than any other side (8), including at Stamford Bridge in 2015-16. The Reds are also the only side to have done so in consecutive seasons (2000-01 and 2001-02 vs Man Utd).
    • 75'
      Leicester's focus remains sharp and their organisation strong at the back. Liverpool don't appear to have the answers as to how they can break this backline down and frustration is starting to set in as a result.
    • 77'
      Where is Liverpool's urgency? This is so confusing. They know the task at hand but don't appear to be in any sort of hurry to try and accomplish it. This has all been very contemplative from the Reds in possession.
    • 79'
      JUST OVER! Lovely running from Mahrez, who we really haven't heard all that much from tonight, but he skips into the area here and nearly wins a penalty before teeing up Drinkwater at the edge of the box. The midfielder has a go first time, but can't get his brace as his effort lifts just over the b
    • 80'
      SI D. Gray SO M. Albrighton
    • 80'
      That's Mahrez's last involvement of the night as he's replaced by Demarai Gray.
    • 82'
      STAT: Leicester's three goals tonight are as many as they had in 10 Premier League contests before today.
    • 84'
      SI B. Woodburn SO M. Albrighton
    • 84'
      Liverpool's final change sees Ben Woodburn replace Lucas.
    • 86'
      GREAT HUSTLE! An all-out sprint from Fuchs who does brilliantly to get across and slide in with no regard for his body, blocking Clyne's effort from just inside the area. With time running out that could prove to be huge for the Foxes.
    • 88'
      SCHMEICHEL WITH AN ERROR! That could have been so costly for Leicester, but the keeper lets out a smile of relief as he watches the ball roll just wide of the mark after spilling what looked a rather tame effort from Coutinho. Leicester do well to deal with the ensuing corner.
    • 90'
      There will be five minutes added on at the end of this match, a high figure, but likely not high enough for Liverpool to turn this around.

    Line Up

    Roberto Firmino



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    Brendan Rodgers
    Jürgen Klopp



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 8 5
    Yellow Cards 0 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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