Talking Points: Leicester 2 Liverpool 3

Liverpool put an end to their winless run with a 3-2 victory in a crazy game against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho put Klopp’s side 2-0 up, before Shinji Okazaki gave Leicester hope just before half-time. Vardy responded quickly to Henderson restoring the away side’s two goal lead, but then saw his penalty saved by Mignolet and Liverpool hang on for the three points.




Reds survive Anthony Taylor sabotage…

It is actually a familiar sight for Liverpool fans in recent seasons to see so many decisions go against the team whilst rivals such as Man United and Arsenal continue to benefit from plenty of incorrect calls, but Anthony Taylor’s refereeing display on Saturday was simply dreadful. You can take your pick for a reason why Leicester’s first goal shouldn’t have stood. The goal was scored at least 30 seconds after the two minutes of added time had been played, something Steven Gerrard was quick to point out at half-time, and even if you forget about the fact Taylor can’t tell the time, Okazaki was squeezing the life out of Mignolet’s arm as he clung on to it for a foul that was as clear as day. And then there was the penalty that was given to Leicester in the second-half. Despite Mignolet not getting the greatest amount of contact on the ball, he got enough to take the ball far away from Vardy, and then cannot physically prevent his leg used to clear the ball from following through and connecting with the striker. If we are going to penalise players for not getting ‘enough of the ball’, then what on Earth is the game becoming. Even from a neutral perspective you could say that Can’s handball was possibly a penalty, again missed by Taylor. A shocking match for the Ref that on another day costs Liverpool the win, and another perfect example of why VAR is needed in the Premier League as soon as possible.

Goal caps off much improved display from Skipper Henderson…

He has taken an awful lot of stick recently for his performances, but Henderson was right at the heart of his team’s victory on Saturday evening. Henderson was much improved defensively, making countless interceptions – including the one which began the counter attack which lead to his own goal. His composed finish and subsequent passionate celebration was certainly a pleasing sight to see, and hopefully we will see more of these types of games from Henderson. His passing was much more positive and dangerous, highlighted by the chance he created for Emre Can, and this along with his pressing and hunger are the aspects that Henderson needs to focus on and be able to show. Playing as the deepest midfielder in a three is not a good position for the Englishman, being more suited to a role slightly further forward whilst Can plays deeper. Whether Klopp would make this tactical tweak remains to be seen, but it is fact that when Henderson plays well, Liverpool tend to also.

Coutinho weaves his magic and leaves summer mess behind him…

He was Liverpool’s most threatening player against Leicester in midweek, and he was back tormenting the Foxes again on Saturday. The cross for Salah’s headed goal, genius. And his free-kick, well, we all know Coutinho is now a certified dead-ball specialist. The Brazilian is a match winner and one of the best in the League, hence it was so obvious to see why both Barcelona were so desperate to sign him and Liverpool so firm on their stance of not selling him. He seems to have put the whole summer transfer fiasco behind him, and whether Coutinho wanted to move or not, he has knuckled down and is back to being one of the Reds’ most influential players. His combination play down the left with Moreno is also key, and the pair clearly have a good understanding and relationship both on and off the pitch. Whether Coutinho is here next season or not, who knows? But let’s enjoy him whilst we have him, and hope the magician keeps weaving his magic.




Sturridge impact off the bench highlights attacking depth…

Firmino came off after 64 minutes having put in his usual hard-working shift for the team, but his replacement Daniel Sturridge changed the game and gave Liverpool an entirely different dimension in attack. It was the sharpest and quickest Sturridge has looked for a long time, going close to scoring a great bending shot and setting up Henderson for his goal. It was greatly debated whether the summer would eventually be the end for Sturridge at Anfield, but it certainly looks like keeping the striker was the correct decision. The equation now is a tough, but exciting one for Klopp of five into four. Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino and Sturridge. Five quality attacking options but only four places, and Tuesday’s Champions League game will give a good indication into which combination of the four Klopp prefers. Coutinho, Mane and arguably even Salah are guaranteed starters, so it could well be a straight shootout between the false nine Firmino and more traditional fox-in-the-box Sturridge. Whoever Klopp chooses, the Leicester game proved that Klopp has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal.

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Lewis Tizard

Hi I’m Lewis, lover of Sport and especially Liverpool FC. Believe I was put on this Earth to convince rival fans that Mamadou Sakho is a good footballer.
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Lewis Tizard

Hi I’m Lewis, lover of Sport and especially Liverpool FC. Believe I was put on this Earth to convince rival fans that Mamadou Sakho is a good footballer.

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