LEICESTER CITY 1 – 3 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool have done it again! We continue the “unbeaten streak” for the third time since losing to Crystal Palace. We drew with Ludogorets, we defeated Stoke with a clean sheet and we have now just beaten Leicester at their own ground to claim three more points as we ease into December. Things are looking up! It might just be a “Merry Christmas” after all if Liverpool keep going this way (unbeaten) until the new year.
News before the game was mostly focusing on Steven Gerrard as he is arranging to continue his place in our squad with a new contract that has caused some controversy as some reports come in that the club no longer values his services and would not be renewing his contract. Now the lies and rumours created by rival fans and untrustworthy media surrounding this issue have been put to bed as our captain secures his future with Liverpool, we can get on with just making sure we play our best and try to get the results we want week in and week out.
The line up was much the same as we had seen recently although Gerrard was fit to play from the start after his rest in the Stoke game when he was only on the subs bench instead of being in the starting 11.
Mignolet in goal (he’d kept a clean sheet in the last game, no worries about him being replaced), a back 4 of Manquillo, Skrtel, Toure and Johnson (who had scored a winning goal in our victory against Stoke), a midfield of Lucas, Gerrard Henderson and Lallana and of course our two attackers were to be Sterling and Lambert as Balotelli and Sturridge still haven’t recovered from injury yet.
The first half was not boring at all, there was shots being fired off by either team from the very first minute of the game. Adam Lallana, Lucas (Leiva) and Rickie Lambert were making offensive plays in only the first twenty minutes and by the 21st minute, we had seen the first goal of the game.
It was eventually credited as an own goal by Simon Mignolet but honestly, it was just a shot that had hit the post then rebounded and deflected off our keeper who had already dived and was in front of the ball – the ball hit his back and went past his own goal line and into the net. UNLUCKY more than terrible performance, really. It’s kinda cruel to put this down to the Liverpool keeper. The attacker (Leonardo Ulloa) made his shot and it went in eventually. That’s very little to do with bad goalkeeping and more to do with persistent attacking and good luck for our opponents. Leicester 1 – 0 Liverpool.
We didn’t look deflated or demoralised as we continued the game, Liverpool kept their heads held high and went on with more attacking play. This would work to our advantage and we would within another four minutes claim a goal for ourselves and the scores were level once again (and the reds fans will all appreciate that Liverpool hadn’t just given up because they went one goal down). This goal was assisted by Rickie Lambert who had headed the ball down to his teammate Adam Lallana who powered home a left footed volley to claim Liverpool’s first goal of the day.
After that, the action would not stop but Lallana getting booked by the referee was the only other big thing to happen for either side before the half time whistle was blown and it was Leicester 1 – 1 Liverpool at the break.
As the second half started, a change to the Liverpool side was made. Brendan Rodgers replaced Javier Manquillo with Alberto Moreno in defense. The offense kept coming from both teams and it would only be about 8 more minutes before we would see another goal. Fortunately for us Reds, it was Liverpool who would score next. Jamie Vardy would foul Steven Gerrard and the set piece would lead to a goal by our Captain Fantastic, Steven Gerrard who would blast a right footed shot into the net to make it Leicester 1 – 2 Liverpool.
The away team had managed to take a lead but it was far from over. There was still more than half an hour for another goal to be scored in, and Leicester didn’t just let us dominate them until the final whistle was blown. They had more fight left in them still. Maybe too much fight though. After another ten minutes of end to end attacking had happened, Wes Morgan would foul Rickie Lambert and be sent off for his offense. Leicester were down to ten men with just under half an hour of the game left. A couple of minutes later, Gerrard was booked. A few minutes later, the manager replaced Adam Lallana (who had been booked in the first half) with Joe Allen. By the 75th minute, the referee had gotten his cards out again as Jeffrey Schlupp received a yellow in front of his own fans. The attacking play and shots at goal kept on coming and in the 80th minute former Liverpool player Paul Konchesky left the pitch as Marc Albrighton replaced him. Liverpool now had ten minutes left (and injury time) to see if they could keep their one goal lead.
Two minutes later, Liverpool attacked again. Jordan Henderson crossed the ball and Martin Skrtel had a shot blocked. The pressure kept on coming still and Raheem Sterling would save the ball from going out for a goal kick, backheel the ball to Jordan Henderson and Henderson would shoot a powerful shot that made it’s way into the back of net and the score was now Leicester 1 – 3 Liverpool with less than ten minutes to go and the away team had a two goal lead.
Liverpool would hold on until after injury time was finished and did not concede any more goals before the final whistle blew, as we took all three points. Who do we thank for this? The goalscorers always get praise for scoring of course, that’s obvious. Somewhat less obvious but still deserving of praise is the manager who played his part too. He did pick the winning side that got us our win at least. Even the fans who have been saying “Rodgers out” have to admit that he has contributed to our victory as Liverpool start climbing up the table to take 8th place with 20 points for now. Other teams near us still have played one less game than us however and we may see them overtake us soon.
Liverpool’s next fixture will be yet another Premier League game against Sunderland at Anfield in just a few days.
Just keep your heads held high as you walk on and You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.