Leicester 3-1 Liverpool: Three goals in the space of seven minutes stunned Jurgen Klopp’s side
Another week, another awful moment for Alisson Becker, another defeat for Liverpool.
A restorative clean sheet had beckoned, then a draw when he would have at least been blameless.
But instead Ozan Kabak capped a sadly helpless Liverpool debut by trying to hook Youri Tielemans’ long ball away as Alisson charged out of his box. They collided amid confusion.
Jamie Vardy was left to walk the ball into an unguarded net. Instead of going ahead of Leicester, Liverpool slipped behind them.
They may end Monday out of the top four. Jurgen Klopp replaces no Brendan Rodgers as the last Liverpool manager to lose three consecutive league games.
Liverpool began 2021 top of the league, but ended the game in meltdown. Six-time champions of Europe can rue seven minutes of madness.
It may get lost in the bigger picture but Alisson made a brilliant double save from Harvey Barnes and Vardy, but it was a sign of how easily Liverpool were being opened up.
He was still beaten for a third time when Barnes accelerated clear to slide in Leicester’s third.
Rodgers had his first win against Liverpool since being sacked by them. Klopp has a host of problems.
He had dropped his flagship signing, Thiago Alcantara, only to summon him when James Milner limped off.
That proved pivotal an hour later. The game turned on a moment that appeared a reprieve for Liverpool.
Anthony Taylor awarded Leicester a penalty for Thiago’s foul on Barnes; VAR ruled it was fractionally outside the box and a triumph of technology.
Yet James Maddison took the resulting free kick and curled it into the bottom corner. This time the verdict was offside, against Daniel Amartey, who had almost connected with the ball.
This time VAR worked in Leicester’s favour, determining that Roberto Firmino, who never scored for Rodgers, had played him onside. To add to the chaos, the PA announcer gave the goal to Amartey when it was Maddison’s.
It was the first of three goals in swift succession They led courtesy of a glorious strike fashioned by the ingenuity of Firmino and finished with the incision of Mohamed Salah. The Brazilian backheeled the ball in the box to his fellow attacker.
Salah supplied a classic Salah shot, whipped into the far corner. The sense was that it would take something special to beat Kasper Schmeichel and, after Trent Alexander-Arnold hit the bar with a deflected free kick, Liverpool supplied it.
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