Claudio Ranieri’s men gave the home supporters a greater sense of belief that they’re genuine English Premier League contenders.
In the first half Liverpool looked to have setup better, causing Leicester problems due to their pressing game. It was the same tactic that worked very well at Anfield when City suffered a rare defeat.
However this time the Reds made some poor choices when clear. Instead of shooting the likes of James Milner chose to over-pass their opportunities around the box, leading eventually to a blocked attempt.
On the other hand the home side actually took better strikes, especially Mahrez who looked sharp. One his strikes from outside the box nearly dipped in, but replays showed that Simon Mignolet chose to tip it over the bar with his wrong hand, resulting in making it more difficult than it was.
Later in the first half Alberto Moreno was clear with just one defender in his way but had a great sighter on goal. He could’ve also passed into the box but skied an awful attempt well over the bar.
In the second half other poor decisions by Moreno placed Liverpool under pressure. For all the Reds movement they lacked a cutting edge and its becoming a theme for Klopp who are struggling to score. He’s been playing Firmino upfront alone, and doesn’t trust Christian Benteke who’s been poor in the FA Cup when given chances.
With Sturridge, Origi and Ings injured, he has no other choice. Jamie Vardy proved what a true striker can do, making a goal out of nearly nothing. In a quick counter attack, Mahrez lofted a long ball, which Vardy took immediately on the bounce for a volley. Mignolet made it easier for him by standing in no man’s land, resulting in a clear shot at goal. However Vardy did superbly well to control it on that volley and accurately hit the back of the net from a tight angle.
Firmino exemplified Liverpool’s problems when he was twice in a great position to score but didn’t expect the ball to hit him in the box, lacking a striker’s instinct. Then Vardy rubbed the wound in for the Reds. Mamadou Sakho failed to judged the bounce of the ball, and Vardy got on the end of a good assist to nail in the clincher.