Mohamed Salah missed a penalty when Liverpool fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss to a weakened Leicester City team on Tuesday night.
Home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was in an inspired form all evening and made a number of saves after keeping Salah’s penalty away from 12 yards.
Ademola Lookman’s strike in the second half separated the two teams, as Liverpool lost ground in the Premier League title competition – they are now six points behind Manchester City at halfway through the season.
Foxe’s provisional defense – the missing nine players who went into this match – lasted for just 14 minutes before Wilfred Ndidi appeared on Salah in the box and the away team got a penalty.
However, Salah could not convert the resulting point kick, nor the return, and the score remained even.
Egypt was then denied by Schmeichel for a second time shortly after, where the Dane produced a sublime one-handed save to prevent a certain goal from close range.
Leicester grew into the match just before the break, with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison both finding a way to the goal but failing to capitalize.
Liverpool snapped their hosts back in the first half and Sadio Mane should have scored when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slipped through him before the hour mark, but instead he shot an effort far over.
The Reds had to mourn their waste when substitute Ademola Lookman played a nice first-two with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before finishing with confidence to put Leicester 1-0 up.
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The Foxes purposefully defended when they looked to get together a hard-fought three points and their guests fought to create clear chances. There were some nervous moments from solid cases for Leicester to navigate before full time, but they managed to do so and secured a famous victory.
Here are your player ratings for both teams …
Schmeichel was in inspired form / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 9/10 – Not always flawless this season but came up big with a penalty save and then another fantastic stop to deny Salah twice.
Timothy Castagne (RB) – 6/10 – Beaten by a Mane race in the second half. Fortunately, he was not punished, but that was his only real loss.
Daniel Amartey (CB) – 9/10 – Has its critics but could not be blamed here. A stoic show. Nothing came past the acute midfield.
Wilfred Ndidi (CB) – 7/10 – Dived in stupid to drop a penalty early and was saved by his goalkeeper. Recovered very well after this.
Luke Thomas (LB) – 8/10 – Diligently defended himself against the duel threats from Alexander-Arnold and Salah. Such a reliable operator despite its young age.
Dewsbury-Hall was sublime / Malcolm Couzens / GettyImages
Hamza Choudhury (CM) – 6/10 – Has barely played this season but put up a stable display and made three interceptions. Subbed in the second half.
Boubakary Soumare (CM) – 5/10 – The most experienced of Leicester’s midfield three made some mistakes and looked quirky.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) – 8/10 – A mature display with all the action. Broke out a couple of times from midfield, to the great delight of the home crowd, and set up the goal.
James Maddison (AM) – 6/10 – One or two inspired connections to Vardy. Liverpool, however, suffocated his influence quite well. Removed with injury, which will seriously worry his manager.
Vardy continued to play despite getting a slap / LINDSEY PARNABY / GettyImages
Jamie Vardy (ST) – 6/10 – Starved on the ball but was light on the rare occasions he ended up in some space. Worried enough with an injury with 20 minutes left to play but he continued to soldier.
Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 4/10 – Had to play a really tough role but did not help with any bad decisions on the ball.
A great moment for Lookman / Malcolm Couzens / GettyImages
Youri Tielemans (CM) – 5/10 – Fought again and made some basic mistakes.
Ademola Lookman (ST) – 8/10 – What an introduction, what a goal. Finally starting to fulfill his promise in the Premier League.
Marc Albrighton (CM) – 7/10 – Channeled cards Diego Maradona with a sublime skill on the edge. Never lowers his side.
Tsimikas started with Andy Robertson suspended / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages
Alisson (GK) – 5/10 – Well beaten by Lookman for the premiere. Did not need to save more than that.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 5/10 – Not his best day but he still produced some excellent passes across the field. Should have done this more. Apparently did not feel like tracking Trackman’s run towards the goal either.
Joel Matip (CB) – 6/10 – Moped up most things with ease. Also danced through the Leicester defense at one point.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 5/10 – No idea what he was trying for Lookman’s goal – he was made to look pretty silly.
Kostas Tsimikas (LB) – 6/10 – Made two critical interventions to deny Vardy and impressed going forward.
Henderson was everywhere for the visitors / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages
Jordan Henderson (CM) – 6/10 – A little too eager to channel his inner Steven Gerrard by shooting in the first half. Pressed in misplaced passes by Leicester sometimes.
Fabinho (CM) – 6/10 – Rarely comes second best in his duels. Neat in possession if not too flashy.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – 6/10 – Looked to make things happen and did it sometimes. Took off just before the hour, probably wise to know his injury history.
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Mohamed Salah (RW) – 4/10 – Won the penalty, but could not set the penalty – to the great disgust of FPL executives across the country. Waste consistently but unlucky not to score when Schmeichel made a fantastic stop.
Diogo Jota (ST) – 5/10 – Buzzed around trying to disrupt Leicester’s defense and had some success. Created some good openings.
Sadio Mane (LW) – 4/10 – Missed a golden chance with Leicester scoring a few minutes later. Leicester defended well but it is felt that he could have done more.
Near Keita (CM) – 6/10 – Did nothing wrong and kept well in possession.
James MIlner (CM) – 5/10 – Did not notice him.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – 5/10 – Failed to influence.
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