After an exciting back and forth, it was Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool that came out on top on Saturday inside the King Power Stadium. The Merseyside giants defeated a dogged Leicester City side 3-2 in a game which could’ve gone either way.
Liverpool had Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, and Jordan Henderson to thank as the three managed to get themselves in the scoresheet and helped the Anfield outfit secure all three points. Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy, meanwhile, scored for the home side.
The scoring began as early as the 15th minute, when Liverpool’s summer signing Salah scored a beautiful goal from a very tight angle, which caught Foxes goalie Kasper Schmeichel completely off-guard. Coutinho was the architect who created the goal through an accurate cross, which the Egyptian winger finished off with a header.
Fair play, Mo, fair play. ⚽ pic.twitter.com/7X8Y6zYPKv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 23, 2017
Coutinho would shortly turn into the scorer eight minutes later. The Brazilian showed the world just why Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep the player during the transfer window, despite fierce interest from Spanish giants Barcelona. The crafty midfielder shot a fabulous free-kick past the wall and the goalkeeper to accurately tuck the ball home to the back of the net.
Just when it seemed Leicester were down for the count, Leicester roar back to life. Okazaki thought he had scored when he sent the ball towards goal in the 38th minute. The goal would be disallowed for offside, although replays would later indicate that the Japan international was onside. Nevertheless, he would pop back up again and score just before half-time, slotting home the rebound after Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet spilled Vardy’s powerful point-blank header.
There was end-to-end stuff come the second half when Jordan Henderson scored on the 68th minute only for Vardy to do the same on the opposite end a minute later.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017
Leicester would then be awarded a penalty at the 73rd minute when Vardy was brought down by Mignolet inside the box. The Englishman, however, would have his strike from the spot saved by the keeper, costing the Foxes the match.
Indeed, had Okazaki’s first goal during the first-half not been disallowed and had Vardy converted his penalty, then Leicester would’ve won this brilliant match. But what ifs have no value when it comes to the scoreline and Liverpool go back to Merseyside with three points in the bag.