The Full time whistle has blown at the King Power Stadium and Liverpool have slumped to a fourth consecutive game without a win as Leicester run out 2-0 winners. Goals from half time substitute Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani give Leicester a very impressive win – not to mention a major confidence boost for the replay of this fixture in the Premier League on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp decided to start both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Philippe Coutinho this evening with the pair having very contrasting matches. Coutinho would only see the first 45 minutes but he was very threatening coming in from the left wing. Meanwhile on the other wing, Oxlade-Chamberlain played the full 90 but never really offered anything going forward. He will be looking to put that performance behind him as soon as possible.
In the first half, Liverpool were very much on top of the game as Andy Robertson and Philippe Coutinho ran the show from the left side. From Robertson’s teasing balls into the area to Coutinho’s dazzling runs into the box, Leicester had no answer to their offensive threat. However, Liverpool couldn’t make the most of their chances with both Dom Solanke and Coutinho failing to convert Robertson crosses. Oxlade-Chamberlain also had half a chance as his grass-cutter from the edge of the box stung the palms of Ben Hamer.
The second half was a very different story as Liverpool took off Coutinho at half time for Welsh youngster, Ben Woodburn. In fairness, Woodburn looked lively and full of energy but Liverpool didn’t have the same offensive efficiency as they did with the Brazilian on the wing. Their most significant moment in the second half came when Woodburn cut in from the left and curled a right foot toe poke just over the bar.
However, in the 65th minute, Liverpool were punished for their missed chances when Leicester’s half time sub, Okazaki struck. He pounced on a knock down from Vicente Iborra and slid an outside of the foot effort into the bottom left corner to give the Foxes the lead.
In response, Liverpool brought on double ACL tear sufferer, Danny Ings, to try and add some more attacking intensity. That nearly paid off when he got on the end of a cross from the right but the header didn’t have much power and was stopped by the right boot of Ben Hamer with relative ease.
Then, in the 78th minute, Islam Slimani popped up with an outstanding solo effort as he cut in from the right and slammed home a phenomenal effort with his left foot. Liverpool couldn’t respond and thus, suffered another defeat to a so-called ‘lesser side’.
The teams will face eachother once again on Saturday in the Premier League and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out. You can bet your bottom dollar the team sheets will be very different, how will the affect the score?
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