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    Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City Match Report


    Liverpool recovered from an early setback in their final game of 2017 before ending the year on a high with a well-deserved victory over Leicester City.

    Two second-half goals from Mohamed Salah were enough to complete a league double over the 2016 Premier League champions, who had taken an early lead courtesy of Jamie Vardy's 10th goal of the season.

    Vardy tapped into an empty net from the edge of the six-yard box after Leicester had caught the hosts in possession, with Riyah Mahrez pulling the ball back for the unmarked England striker.

    The scoreline remained 1-0 to The Foxes at half-time, despite a dominant Liverpool performance which had seen Salah miss three clear-cut opportunities to equalise and Sadio Mane have an effort ruled-out for offside.

    Salah's first opportunity came when he beat Christian Fuchs with a devastating piece of trickery before he struck narrowly wide from 10 yards, while he was also denied by a last-ditch challenge from Harry Maguire minutes later.

    The Egyptian went close once again following a give-an-go with Firmino, which ended with a miscued strike from six yards, while Mane had been denied minutes earlier when he turned home Andrew Robertson's cross from an offside position.

    Liverpool continued to create chances before the break, with Kasper Schmeichel making a brilliant save low down to his left to deny Firmino before he watched on as Daniel Amartey nearly turned the ball into his own net from the rebound.

    Joe Gomez was next to try his luck for Liverpool with a speculative strike from 25 yards, which struck the side-netting, while Andrew Robertson was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when he was bundled over by Amartey in the area.

    It seemed only a matter of time before the home side would equalise but they had to wait until the 52nd minute to make the decisive breakthrough, with the prolific Salah scoring his 22nd goal for The Reds in 2017-18.

    The former Roma winger controlled Sadio Mane's pass superbly before he dribbled past the challenges of Amartey and Fuchs and then slotted the ball home from 12 yards with a clinical finish.

    With a Liverpool victory at this stage of proceedings appearing an inevitability, Jurgen Klopp's side continued to be thwarted by the opposition as Salah and Mane both found themselves in goal-scoring positions.

    Salah tried to lob Schmeichel from eight yards out but could only find the roof of the net, while his teammate had a second goal ruled-out for offside despite a clinical finish after he was found by Coutinho's clever pass.

    The visitors, who had scored from their only effort on target throughout the match, nearly took the lead again when Wilfred Ndidi struck a thunderbolt from 20 yards which whistled a yard wide of Loris Karius' post.

    Normal service shortly resumed, however, with Coutinho stinging the hands of the Liverpool goalkeeper with a trademark strike before the home side finally took the lead courtesy of another piece of magic from Salah.

    With his back to goal as he collected a Firmino pass, the winger beat Maguire with a devastating turn on the edge of the box and he duly he rifled the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 12 yards.

    It proved to be the last clear-cut opportunity of the match, although Karius was required in the final few minutes to palm away a cross from Maguire which was heading towards a crowded six-yard box.

    The victory extended fourth-place Liverpool's unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 matches ahead of a tricky encounter away to seventh-place Burnley on New Year's Day.

    Although The Reds were not as clinical as they had been against Swansea City on Boxing Day, they were good value for their victory and missed numerous chances to make the scoreline more emphatic.

    Leicester, who have now failed to win for five consecutive matches, remain in eighth place as they look to return to winning days at the start of 2018 with a home game against Huddersfield Town.
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