Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City: Harry Maguire cancels out Sadio Mane goal

Liverpool v Leicester

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points despite enduring a frustrating night against Leicester City at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side started the game in explosive fashion as they sought to capitalise on Manchester City’s defeat at Newcastle and took an early lead when Sadio Mane finished off a sublime 30-pass move in the third minute.

But Liverpool failed to build on their fine start and Harry Maguire deservedly equalised in front of the Kop at the end of the first half after the hosts failed to deal with a free-kick carelessly conceded by left-back Andrew Robertson.

Maguire had earlier escaped a red card after deliberately fouling Mane 40 yards from goal when the winger looked to sprint clear, while Liverpool were denied a second-half penalty when Naby Keita was fouled by Ricardo Pereira.

Liverpool could have gone seven points clear with victory over a team that had lost their previous three league and cup games.

However Leicester were threatening throughout and are only the second team to leave Anfield without suffering defeat in the league this season, following Pep Guardiola’s side on 7 October.

Nerves set in at Anfield

Despite moving a further point ahead of Guardiola’s City, this result will be widely viewed as two points dropped.

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Except for their initial flurry, Klopp’s side were nervous, sluggish and far from their free-flowing best on an icy surface – yet they remain in a strong position with 14 games remaining as they chase a first league title since 1990.

Liverpool had won seven top-flight games in a row at Anfield and expectant home fans chanted the name of their former manager Rafael Benitez, who masterminded Newcastle’s win over City, after Senegal winger Mane struck after cutting inside and scoring with a low, skidding shot.

Brazil striker Roberto Firmino was then denied by a fine save from Kasper Schmeichel but the Foxes grew into a game that turned out to be anything but straightforward for the leaders.

Alisson, who gifted Leicester a goal at the King Power Stadium on 1 September, made two mistakes in the first half, with the second error leading to a golden chance for James Maddison, who headed wide.

Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, who was ill in the build-up to the game, was also not at his imperious best and Leicester’s equaliser came when he failed to pick up England centre-back Maguire at the back post.

Liverpool were frustrated when Martin Atkinson ignored claims for a penalty in the 58th minute after Pereira clipped Keita, but a draw was the correct outcome on a night when the Reds missed an opportunity to open up a significant advantage at the top.

Leicester prove they are behind Puel

It has been a poor start to 2019 for Leicester after they followed their FA Cup exit at League Two Newport with defeats at home to Southampton and away at Wolves.

But at Anfield they recovered from a disastrous start and were both threatening in attack and organised in defence, with Marc Albrighton causing problems at one end and Ben Chilwell keeping Mohamed Salah – the league’s leading scorer – quiet at the other.

It has been suggested Puel, in charge of the Foxes since October 2017, is under pressure and Leicester’s recent results have not done the Frenchman any favours.

But his players produced a gutsy performance that suggests they are fully behind their manager.

It was a timely effort too, given it starts a run of tough fixtures that include games against Manchester United and Tottenham.

Leicester had lost on six of their past seven visits to Anfield yet might have been celebrating a famous victory had they taken their chances.

At 1-0, Maddison headed wide from Albrighton’s cross before the same player horribly mis-hit another chance after Chilwell had got behind the Liverpool defence at 1-1.

Alisson also made a save with his feet to stop Firmino scoring an own goal after Liverpool again failed to pick up Maguire from a set piece, while Demarai Gray shot at the keeper instead of passing to team-mates in a much better position.

What’s next

Liverpool’s lead could be down to two by the time they are next in action, away at West Ham on Monday (20:00 GMT). Leicester are back at the King Power on Sunday when Manchester United are the visitors (14:05 GMT).

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 14Henderson
  • 32MatipBooked at 16mins
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forLallanaat 66'minutes
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forFabinhoat 67'minutes
  • 9Roberto FirminoSubstituted forSturridgeat 82'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 11Salah

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 6Lovren
  • 15Sturridge
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Mignolet
  • 27Origi
  • 64Camacho

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo PereiraBooked at 50mins
  • 6Evans
  • 15MaguireBooked at 41mins
  • 3ChilwellBooked at 90mins
  • 7GraySubstituted forOkazakiat 84'minutes
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forChoudhuryat 75'minutes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 19Barnes
  • 20Okazaki
  • 38Choudhury
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
53,092

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Leicester City 1.

Booking

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Hamza Choudhury.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Jamie Vardy.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a fast break.

Hand ball by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Roberto Firmino.

Offside, Liverpool. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces James Maddison.

Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Fabinho replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Adam Lallana replaces Naby Keita.

Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Offside, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).

Harry Maguire (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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