The Reds should’ve won this home game comfortably against top of the table Leicester, but only managed to squander many openings.
Liverpool’s high pressing tactic worked in this game, unlike in recent matches. Jurgen Klopp’s forces won the ball in dangerous areas time after time throughout the game, but whilst in possession in those areas around the box, they just didn’t have the quality to finish it off.
For a team on top, City were badly disrupted and failed to get into rhythm. Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only had to make meaningful saves midway through the first half, when he pushed away Roberto Firmino’s curler and then Divock Origi’s near-post effort due to giving him a tight angle to shoot at.
Klopp started Origi instead of Benteke for his superior movement, and Divock certainly showed that but after 38 minutes he had to leave for a hamstring pull. Benteke came on and produced an improved performance.
Leicester didn’t do much, apart from a rare moment when Riyad Mahrez weaved through two defenders before cracking one that Simon Mignolet palmed away. The Algerian had also impressed earlier in the game with his movement, which was reminiscent of Luis Suarez the way he got passed Liverpool around the corner flag but nothing came from it.
The winning goal arrived in the 63rd minute and it was Benteke who struck with a well-controlled finish from Firmino’s cross.
After that Liverpool defended deep, and were extremely nervous at the back on a number of occasions, particularly with high balls and crosses. Emre Can did well to specifically block one good opening.
Vardy appeared to pick up a knock in the second half and he was taken off shortly after the goal, meaning that he has failed to score in back-to-back games for the first time since August.
Late on with Schmeichel coming forward for a corner, Liverpool had five attackers burst forward with no keeper in goal, but Benteke chose to weave his way instead of shoot and somehow lost the chance when he shot too late.