Full Time / Leicester 1-2 Liverpool: Reds stay perfect despite Alisson error

Liverpool have started a Premier League season with four straight wins for the first time after seeing off Leicester City.

Full Time / Leicester 1-2 Liverpool: Reds stay perfect despite Alisson error

Liverpool have started a Premier League season with four straight wins for the first time after seeing off Leicester City.

01 September 2018 Saturday 14:23
Full Time / Leicester 1-2 Liverpool: Reds stay perfect despite Alisson error

Alisson's abysmal second-half blunder failed to prevent Liverpool from maintaining their perfect start to the Premier League season in a 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino proved enough for the visitors to notch a fourth successive victory, although it would have been easier had Alisson not gifted a first Leicester goal to Rachid Ghezzal.

The Brazil international, unbeaten in his previous three outings, was punished in the 63rd minute for a sloppy attempt at playing out from the back that threatened to derail what was otherwise a comfortable trip to the King Power Stadium.

The error set up a potentially nervy final half-hour, but the Reds ably saw out the contest to seal maximum points from their opening four Premier League outings for the first time in their history.

Liverpool netted three on their last visit to Leicester and they almost matched that tally in an efficient first 45 minutes.

The in-form Mane made up for Mohamed Salah's uncharacteristic early miss by stabbing home a close-range opener in the 10th minute, before Firmino was afforded far too much space to head home James Milner's corner on the stroke of half-time.

Alisson made a smart stop from Demarai Gray between the goals but the goalkeeper was at fault for offering the Foxes a way back into the contest.

The former Roma man compounded Virgil van Dijk's errant back-pass with a casual attempt at turning away from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, who robbed him of the ball and squared for Ghezzal to open his Premier League account.

But with Jamie Vardy serving the final match of his three-game suspension, the Foxes lacked the cutting edge to further trouble Jurgen Klopp's men, who momentarily stretched their lead at the summit to three points.

What it means: Reds not without fault

Though they will be happy to have banked another three points, conceding for the first time this term in such an awkward manner suggests the league leaders still have plenty of room for improvement defensively.

Pat on the back: Raiding Robertson

Reliable at both ends, Andrew Robertson continually looks one of Klopp's canniest signings since arriving at Anfield. The left-back's value was again obvious with the marauding run he made to single-handedly tee up Mane's opener.

Boot up the backside: Alisson still adjusting

Klopp praised Alisson for having the "confidence" to explore his full range of skills at Anfield last weekend, but the Reds boss might not be so forgiving on this occasion. The 25-year-old only had himself to blame for giving up his clean sheet record, over-complicating what should have been a simple move out from the back.

What's next?

Liverpool are in for a sterner test after the international break as they head to the similarly impressive Tottenham, while Leicester will regroup before a difficult trip to Bournemouth.

Both teams take a two-week leave of absence now as the international calender gets underway - but when they return, Liverpool will face their toughest task yet in the shape of fellow 'big six' outfit Tottenham. As for Leicester, they travel to Bournemouth on the south coast two weeks today; until then however, thank you for joining us and have a good weekend!

First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were enough for Liverpool to keep their perfect record intact and their hold on the leadership of the Premier League firm - but they were made to work for it by a spirited second-half showing from their hosts.

Leicester pulled one back through Rachid Ghezzal after a horrific error from keeper Alisson, but the Foxes were unable to find an equaliser late on at the King Power Stadium and ultimately head into the international break with nothing to show. Full-time, it finishes Leicester 1-2 Liverpool.

FULL TIME: Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool - and especially Alisson - have got away with one here. Their 100 percent record remains in tact! Not exactly sure how, mind. Leicester deserved something from that game.

90 min +4: The free kick’s sent wide left to Chilwell, who busts the offside trap. His ball inside is hacked out for a corner by van Dijk. Schmeichel’s coming up for it! But van Dijk powers a header clear. And then Keita is clattered by Ndidi, as Liverpool look to break. Ndidi is booked.

90 min +3: Pereira is blocked by Milner down the right, This one is a free kick, and Milner goes in the book. A chance to put some serious pressure on Liverpool’s defence!

90 min +2: Chilwell thinks he’s been blocked by Gomez down the left, but he’s not getting the free kick.

90 min +1: Liverpool take it short. Shaqiri guards the ball and wins a throw. They’re in game-management mode now.

90 min: There will be five minutes of added time. Plenty of time for Leicester to find an equaliser against a nervous Liverpool. Shaqiri tries his best to relieve the pressure by skittering down the right wing and earning a corner.

89 min: Matip replaces Alexander-Arnold.

88 min: Liverpool hack long. Under the ball, Mane and Mendy come together in the centre circle. Mendy is booked for a deliberate block on his opponent.

87 min: Amartey curls one in from the right, but van Dijk clears. There’s nobody in red upfield, though, and the ball’s coming straight back at Liverpool.

86 min: Robertson bursts infield from the left, draws a few blue shirts, and rolls the ball inside for Alexander-Arnold, who blooters wildly over from 20 yards.

85 min: Mane dribbles down the left and nearly breaks clear, but is forced to check back. He tees up Robertson who has a blast, but that’s blocked by Maguire.

84 min: It’s got a bit scrappy. Liverpool are trying their best to slow things down. But then Milner falls over under no pressure in the middle of the park. Okazaki tries to spring Iheanacho clear with a first-time long ball, but gets too much on it and Alisson claims.

83 min: The fantastic Maddison is replaced by Amartey.

82 min: Chilwell’s back on. Milner takes the free kick. Mane rises highest, but sends his header high and wide right.

81 min: Chilwell’s off the field getting the magic sponge treatment. He’ll be back on soon enough. In the meantime, Maguire concedes a free kick near the corner flag on the right.

80 min: Chilwell takes a whack in the fruitbowl. Alexander-Arnold pelted that one at him from close range, it’s a painful one all right. The game pauses as the poor lad recovers.

78 min: Liverpool enjoy a rare period of possession in the midfield, Keita and Shaqiri taking the sting out of the game and quieting the crowd a little.

76 min: Shaqiri dribbles with purpose down the right, but eventually runs into a dead end, falls over and sends the ball out for a goal kick. Liverpool have been impotent in attack in this second half.

75 min: Leicester make their second swap, replacing Gray with Okazaki.

73 min: Ghezzal wins a footrace with Robertson down the right. Great work to claim a ball he never should have reached first ... but he does nothing with it. Liverpool have been second to pretty much everything today. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the balance of play.

72 min: Keita chips a pass straight out of play down the left. On the touchline, Klopp continues to cut an agitated figure.

71 min: Klopp makes some necessary changes. Henderson and Salah are replaced by Keita and Shaqiri. Speaking of Klopp ...

69 min: Maddison - by some distance the man of the match - wedges a glorious pass down the inside-left for Gray, whose first-time cross into the middle is read by nobody bar Alisson.

68 min: It’s all Leicester right now. Liverpool have lost control of the midfield again.

66 min: A free kick for Leicester in the middle of the park. Maddison swings it towards Maguire ... and once again the big defender is caught offside by Liverpool’s high trap.

65 min: On the touchline, Klopp is fuming. To Alisson’s credit, the gaffe doesn’t appear to have dented his confidence: he threads a very ballsy pass out of defence through a forest of players.

GOAL! Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool (Ghezzal 63)

Leicester deserve this. They press Gomez hard, then van Dijk, who sends a poor backpass wide left of the Liverpool goal. Alisson runs across to trap, then tries to diddle Iheanacho with a bit of foot skill. He’s robbed by the striker, who slips the ball into the centre of the box. Ghezzal slams home. Alisson has the good grace to look thoroughly embarrassed. He nearly came a cropper against Brighton last week; this time he doesn’t get away with it!

61 min: Ghezzal is booked for clanking into Milner in the midfield. Leicester then make their first change: Albrighton is replaced by Iheanacho.

60 min: The game flicks into end-to-end mode. Chilwell races down the left but his cross is headed clear by van Dijk. Salah zips up the other end and tees up Firmino on the edge of the box, but Firmino can’t get a shot away.

58 min: Milner slides in on a hesitant Ndidi in the midfield. Liverpool break quickly. Milner slides the ball to the right for Salah; he should have played Firmino in on the left. Salah pauses, shifts the ball, and can’t find space to shoot. He tries to return the ball to Milner with a reverse pass that’s too cute. Leicester get away with that one.

57 min: From the set piece, Ghezzal curls low towards the right-hand post. The ball falls at the feet of Morgan, six yards out. Morgan can’t sort his feet out, and Alisson claims. So close to the goal Leicester thoroughly deserve!

56 min: Maddison, looking for the top right, blooters the free kick into the wall. From the resulting throw, Maddison flicks a pass down the inside-right channel. Pereira wins a corner off Robertson.

55 min: Maddison is such a good player. He bustles with purpose down the right and draws a foul from van Dijk. That’s a free kick, just to the right of the D, and a deserved yellow card for the defender as well. Maddison stands over the set piece. He fancies this!

54 min: Robertson and Firmino nearly open Leicester up out on the left, but when the latter attempts a cute flick to release his mate into the box, it’s easily intercepted by Pereira.

52 min: Chilwell is seeing a lot of the ball down the left. He exchanges passes with Gray, then wins a corner off Alexander-Arnold. Maddison sends an appalling set piece high over a crowded box and out for a Liverpool throw on the other side of the pitch. But then there’s another phase of attack, and the ball breaks to Maddison on the edge of the area. He’s clear in the box after jinking clear of van Dijk! He shoots for the bottom right, but Gomez slides in from nowhere to block. Liverpool escape. Leicester look very dangerous again.

50 min: Maddison glides in from the left and looks to send a power curler into the top right. Alisson is behind it and claims well. We’re in next-goal-is-so-important territory, and it’s not clear which side will score it.

49 min: Salah goes off down the right. He should send Wijnaldum free with a pass infield, but clanks a clumsy one straight to Maguire.

47 min: Chilwell makes good down the left, but his cross evades Ghezzal at the far post. No matter, because Leicester come again. Ghezzall hits a low cross-cum-shot from the right wing which only just curls the wrong side of the left-hand post. Alisson probably had it covered ... just. But it was close.

46 min: Mane races after a high ball down the left. Pereira loses the flight, and Mane threatens to tear clear, but doesn’t quite sort his feet out upon bringing the ball down, and shoves the recovering Pereira over. Free kick.

And we’re off again! Leicester get the ball rolling for the second half. No changes.

HALF TIME: Leicester City 0-2 Liverpool

And that’s the end of a very odd half of football. Liverpool came flying out of the blocks, and ended the half strongly too. Goals to bookend the half. But in the middle, Leicester were dominant. The hosts will feel they should be level, but instead they’re two down. A big test for them in the second half, given Liverpool are yet to concede this season.

GOAL! Leicester City 0-2 Liverpool (Firmino 45)

Milner curls to the near post from the right. Maddison is blocked by van Dijk, and there’s space for Firmino to plant a header into the bottom right. Schmeichel does his best to stop it, but there’s too much power on the header.

44 min: Milner’s corner from the left is eyebrowed out by Morgan for another corner on the right. In the melee beneath, Maddison had an arm on van Dijk’s shoulder. The big defender goes down softly. You’ve seen them given. Though it doesn’t matter, because ...

43 min: Salah suddenly finds a bit of space down the inside right. He turns inside and sends a curler towards the bottom left. Schmeichel extends an arm and turns it round the post for a corner.

42 min: Chilwell embarks on a grand tour of the pitch, from deep on the left to high on the right. His opposite number Robertson will have appreciated his style, up to a point. A fine dribble.

41 min: A rare period of possession for Liverpool. They don’t really go anywhere, and eventually van Dijk sprays a pass out of play on the left. It’s been a strange half: Liverpool started so confidently, but now they look collectively rattled. They could do with hearing the half-time whistle.

39 min: Chilwell, haring down the inside left, looks to send a daisycutter into the bottom right. Alisson gathers with ease.

37 min: Liverpool are so ponderous in the middle of the park. Firmino takes up possession in the centre circle, but grinds to a halt and is easily dispossessed by Ndidi. Leicester are playing Liverpool at their own game. And they’ve got the upper hand right now as they search for the equaliser they deserve on the balance of play.

35 min: Leicester are totally dominant in midfield now. They’re first to everything. Henderson, Wijnaldum and Milner are chasing shadows. A penny for Naby Keita’s thoughts right now.

34 min: A free kick for Leicester in the middle of the park. Maddison loops it down the left, but Maguire has been caught offside by Liverpool’s high line.

33 min: Maddison is a real prospect. He drops a shoulder and makes some room to shoot, 20 yards out. His effort spins high over the bar, though he’s sure it had taken a nick off Robertson. But it’s a goal kick.

32 min: Albrighton has a shot from 25 yards. It’s 25 yards wide right, and 25 yards high. But full marks for ambition.

30 min: Maddison is the driving force behind a sequence of lovely one-twos down the inside-right. Liverpool are very nearly opened up; van Dijk steps in to clear. Salah tries to take on Chilwell down the right, but even though he nutmegs him at one point, can’t escape. After an impressive start, Liverpool are struggling to retain possession now.

28 min: Now it’s Leicester’s turn to stroke it around the middle and make their opponents do a lot of chasing. It’s been a good response to falling behind. Maddison, Ghezzal and Gray look like they could cause a lot of trouble if they suddenly click.

26 min: Leicester continue to press Liverpool back; this is a good spell for the hosts. Maddison finds Gray with his back to goal, 25 yards out. Gray spins, despite being surrounded by red shirts, and sends a looper over the bar. The home crowd had fallen a little quiet, but they’ve rediscovered their voice now.

25 min: And they come again, Chilwell romping down the left and earning a corner. Maddison loops it in high, but Alisson leaps to claim. Confident goalkeeping.

23 min: Leicester finally show in attack. Maddison thinks about a shot from the edge of the box but can’t get one away. Then Ghezzal slips a gorgeous pass down the inside-right channel to release Gray into the area. Gray looks for the bottom left, and connects well, but Alisson gets down and saves with a strong hand. That’s much better from the hosts, though.

22 min: Alexander-Arnold knocks the ball down the right and chases after it himself. For a second it looks as though he’s going to get clear, but Maguire’s not having it and charges his England team-mate off the ball.

21 min: Mane slips Wijnaldum in down the inside-left channel. Wijnaldum gets a shot in this time, but it’s blocked. Robertson tries to recycle from a tight angle on the left, but Pereira puts a stop to his gallop this time.

19 min: Firmino skitters down the inside-right channel and tries to pull back for Mane, but the ball’s cleared. Liverpool come straight back at Leicester, Morgan beating Mane to a header on the penalty spot. Wijnaldum considers a shot from distance, but the referee gets in the road and he’s forced to turn back.

18 min: Leicester are sitting deep now, letting Liverpool stroke it around in the midfield. There are no openings for the visitors, but they continue to hog the ball.

16 min: Wijnaldum works down the right and earns a corner off Mendy. Milner swings the set piece into the mixer. Gomez meets it with his head, but sends the ball miles over the bar.

14 min: Maddison and Gray press hard, high up the pitch, playing Liverpool at their own game. They nearly conjure up an opening down the left, but then the ball’s won back by Liverpool and Firmino is able to tear off up the other end. Fortunately for Leicester, Firmino’s attempt to find Salah with a sliderule pass down the middle is easily intercepted. But Leicester are offering opportunities right now.

12 min: The ball broke a couple of times for Liverpool there, as Robertson stormed past Pereira, and as Mane got the benefit of the bounce off a Leicester leg as he took up possession. But it was a fine finish, and a wonderful run by Robertson, who has energy and determination to spare.

GOAL! Leicester City 0-1 Liverpool (Mane 10)

Liverpool stroke it about the back awhile. Then suddenly Robertson bustles his way past Pereira down the left. He reaches the edge of the area and pulls the ball back for Mane, who takes a touch and slams the ball into the top left.

Mané fires home.

 Mané fires home. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

8 min: Chilwell strokes a long pass down the left and nearly gets Gray scampering on goal. Gomez does well to get across, block and concede the throw. Nothing comes of that, deep in Liverpool territory. But this already has a good end-to-end feel. It’s open and entertaining.

6 min: Salah rolls a pass down the inside-left channel and nearly releases Firmino into the box. But Firmino has to scuttle a little to the left, so can’t take a shot. He tries to dribble his way along the byline, but Ghezzal isn’t having it and takes the ball off him, and away.

4 min: Liverpool should be leading. They suddenly spring into action. Henderson sends the ball to the right. Salah plays it first time around the corner, and Firmino races into the box. He’s one on one with Schmeichel, who marks his 300th appearance for Leicester with a fine block. But the ball rebounds to Salah, who should bury it. But he sidefoots to the right of the target from eight yards. What a miss!

3 min: It’s a sunny day in Leicester. Jurgen Klopp squints under a peaked cap. Still not much going on.

2 min: Claude Puel’s personal record against Liverpool is magnificent: he’s only lost one of seven games against them. He stands on the touchline, hands in pockets, exuding confidence. Not much going on otherwise. Yet.

And we’re off! Liverpool get the party started. A wonderful Leicester lunchtime atmosphere, both sets of supporters giving it plenty.

No pre-match chat with Claude Puel. Ah well. Here come the teams! Leicester in their beautiful blue, Liverpool in resplendent red. We’ll be off in a minute!

Jurgen Klopp speaks! “Bringing back Jordan Henderson makes sense for the game today. We have to be rock solid in all departments as Leicester are a good footballing team. So we need to defend very well, be really compact. So it helps that the boys are used to it; this midfield played the last third of the last season unchanged. It’s about being fresh and being desperate to be on the pitch. We have to improve in each department, and be ready today, to show we are here for the three points. We want to defend and fight. Thank God I have a selective brain so I forget the losses against Leicester! But we have won here as well. It’s clear they have quality, it’s a difficult place, let’s try at least!”

Leicester City make two changes to the team sent out to beat Southampton last weekend. Marc Albrighton and Rachid Ghezzal come into the midfield; Daniel Amartey and Kelechi Iheanacho drop to the bench.

Liverpool make the first change to their starting XI this season. Naby Keita, who was a little out of sorts against Brighton, drops to the bench, the club captain Jordan Henderson wearing the armband from the get-go for the first time in 2018-19.

The teams

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray, Ghezzal.
Subs: Evans, Iheanacho, Ward, Amartey, Okazaki, Iborra, Fuchs.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Matip.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Updated: 01.09.2018 16:34
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