LIVERPOOL 2 – 2 LEICESTER
Liverpool had the chance to win this one. We spent a large part of the game dominating Leicester and generally out playing and out classing them, then it only took them two minutes of the second half (the 58th and 60th minutes) to score two goals and we had dropped two points in what should have been a deserved win.
The lineup has been a bit “experimental” lately… Brendan Rodgers has been trying to use Emre Can as a defender and seeing how well he develops in the role. It will likely take several games to see his value in a new position and so far he is doing quite well, though conceding two goals in two minutes is not just down to how strong our opponents were but also partially due to the defensive capabilities of our team or lack of them, rather.
On the bench again was Danny Ward and Sheyi Ojo, who continue to get picked while Brad Jones is out injured and we have other injury concerns such as Daniel Sturridge and Martin Skrtel was suspended for this game. Anyone from the Academy who impresses the manager could easily get picked at the moment, if they try hard enough. This season, our squad has had setbacks from injury, suspension and even the sale of some players who used to be regulars. It’s made space in the squad for some “not so regulars” to try and make their way into the first team.
The first half was an enjoyable one, we had consistent attacking plays going on from the very first minute of the game and it only took 16 minutes before there was a shot blocked by one of the Leicester defenders (Wes Morgan), using his hand in the penalty area. The referee would blow his whistle for the foul and Steven Gerrard would take and score the penalty kick to make it Liverpool 1- 0 Leicester.
The tempo of the game would keep on as it was and Liverpool looked very dangerous still, seeking not to just win 1-0 obviously as they attempted for a second goal at Anfield.
We played on this way, attacking our opponents for a large part of what was left of the first half. By the 39th minute, one of the attacks would lead to a shot being blocked by Danny Simpson, using his hand in the penalty area. The referee would once more blow his whistle for a foul and award Liverpool a second penalty, which Steven Gerrard would yet again take and score in the 40th minute of the game, making it a comfortable two goal lead for us and we would go in at half time with the score Liverpool 2 – 0 Leicester.
The manager must have been satisfied with the way the game went so far and did not make any changes to the lineup at half time. We continued to play as we were, with little opposition from our opponents who just didn’t look like scoring most of the time. UNTIL the 58th minute.
It was a shock for Liverpool to lose Adam Lallana at this point in the game due to what looked like a knee injury and Fabio Borini would replace him around the 55th minute. We were still trying to work out where the new player should even fit into the formation and Emre Can would concede a corner a couple of minutes later. The corner kick was sent into the box and Jamie Vardy would assist David Nugent to score Leicester’s first goal around 58 minutes. Liverpool 2-1 Leicester. At this point I was thinking “let this be a warning, they caught you off-guard but you still have one more goal than them – don’t throw your lead away”. Well, exactly what I was apprehensive about happening went and happened two minutes later. The equalizer.
Riyad Mahrez would give the ball to Jeffrey Schlupp in the 60th minute and he would score from outside our penalty area to make it Liverpool 2-2 Leicester. There was half an hour to go to try and get our “winning goal” and we tried but failed in the last 30 minutes to score a third goal which would have allowed to us to take all three points (assuming we didn’t let the opposition score any more). What could have been another victory at Anfield was turned into a “robbery” as it felt like two points were stolen from us when the final whistle blew and we had only gotten the draw and a single point from the game.
Liverpool sit around 8th place in the league and are about 5 points behind the teams that are placed in 4th – the gap is not too big to get past by the end of the season to make sure we can compete in the Champions League once more but we will need the teams above us to start dropping some points in order to achieve this. If they draw while we win, we gain two points on them. If they lose while we win, we gain three points on them. If we draw and they lose, we’d gain a single point back but that’s not what we should be aiming for. We need to keep up the winning ways we have seen this season (we haven’t drawn or lost ALL our games) if we intend on closing the gap on other teams competing for those “Europeans spots” (4th place and above).
Liverpool’s season continues and we are soon to play in the FA Cup against Wimbledon for our next fixture.
I know it’s hard to have hope in your heart at times like these but we must walk on, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[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.