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    Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool Match Report


    Liverpool exacted revenge for their midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City by beating The Foxes in the Premier League to claim their first victory in the month of September.

    The visitors, inspired by the dazzling magic of Philippe Coutinho, threatened to run away with the match after twice taking a two-goal lead but were forced to withstand a determined Leicester fightback in order to claim all three points.

    In the absence of Sadio Mane, Coutinho provided the kind of inspiration that his side have been lacking since the 4-0 win over Arsenal at the end of August as the visitors threatened to take a stranglehold of the match.

    The Brazilian's pinpoint cross found Mohamed Salah at the back-post, with the former Roma winger heading past Kasper Schmeichel from a tight angle to give The Reds an early advantage after 15 minutes.

    By this stage, Liverpool had already missed a gilt-edged chance to take the lead courtesy of Salah's failure to hit the target after Emre Can's strike had rebounded off the post to provide the Egyptian with a near-open goal.

    It wasn't long, however, before Jurgen Klopp's team were doubling their lead when Coutinho was given the chance to delve into his free-kick repertoire after Alberto Moreno was fouled a little over 25 yards from goal.

    The Brazilian whipped the ball over the Leicester wall and into the corner of the net in trademark fashion, past the forlorn dive of Kasper Schmeichel who may have been deterred by the slightest of deflections.

    Despite being second-best for most of the opening 45 minutes, The Foxes did start and end the half on the front-foot with Jamie Vardy having an effort saved by Simon Mignolet from a tight angle in the early stages and Riyad Mahrez firing over from the rebound.

    Vardy was duly kept quiet until first-half stoppage time when his pace forced Joel Matip into conceding a cynical foul, which he was nearly the beneficiary of when his header from Mahrez's free-kick was clawed away by Mignolet at full-stretch.

    From the resulting corner, Shinji Okazaki was finally able to succeed where Messrs Vardy and Mahrez had failed after Mignolet had failed to claim Marc Albrighton's cross and the ball ricocheted to a stretching Okazaki to poke home into an empty net.

    Buoyed be their late revival in the first-half, The Foxes began on the front-foot once again after the interval and could have drawn level had Matip not made a late-ditch block to deny Vardy's left-footed strike from close-range.

    It proved to be a decisive moment in the game, with Liverpool seizing the initiative on the counter-attack as Jordan Henderson, Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge began picking-off the backtracking Leicester defenders.

    Sturridge, who replaced Roberto Firmino only four minutes earlier, threaded the ball through to an unmarked Jordan Henderson who duly finished the move off with the precision and calmness of a top-class striker.

    Despite having a mountain to climb, the home side once again produced a spirited response to falling two goals behind and halved their deficit almost immediately courtesy of Jamie Vardy's customary goal against Liverpool.

    Vardy was presented with the easiest of headed chances after substitute Demarai Gray's rifled effort had stung the fingertips of Mignolet, with the ball falling perfectly to the England striker to head into an empty net.

    The drama didn't end there, however, as the home side capitalized on the cauldron of energy inside the stadium to create another chance for Vardy courtesy of Andy King's through-ball, which gave the striker the chance to beat Mignolet in a 50-50 foot race.

    Vardy was subsequently bundled to the ground by the onrushing Mignolet, who managed to obtain the slightest of touches on the ball before fouling the striker to give Leicester the chance to equalize from the spot.

    Electing to rifle his penalty into the centre of the goal, Vardy was ultimately denied by Mignolet who guessed correctly where the ball was heading before making an outstanding save to thwart his perennial nemesis.

    Liverpool, who also survived another penalty claim when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Emre Can, duly managed to hold on in the final stages to record a vital three points which enable Klopp's side to climb up to fifth.

    The Reds return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Russia for a tricky Champions League away match against Spartak Moscow, with Newcastle providing the opposition the following Sunday at St James' Park.

    Leicester, meanwhile, drop to 17th in the Premier League table ahead of next Saturday's trip to the Vitality Stadium where they face fellow-strugglers Bournemouth in an early-season six-pointer.
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