Liverpool fell from a high on Tuesday on the lawn of Leicester, beaten 1-0 and thus left behind by Manchester City at the top of the championship.
The adage is well known: if you can’t win the championship during Boxing Day, you could lose it altogether! Deprived of Sunday match against Leeds – coronavirus obliges – the Reds have certainly left feathers on the field of Leicester this Tuesday, surprised 1-0 by the Foxes as part of the 20e Premier League day.
It was Lookman, two days after scoring in vain during the defeat of his family against the Citizens (6-3), who scored the only goal of the game, just three minutes after coming into play (59e). A sledgehammer for Liverpool, which will have generally dominated the debates and will have provided the necessary opportunities to make a difference.
Salah missed the mark
In addition to Mané, admirably served by Jota in depth to finally see the frame evade the duel with Schmeichel (54e), Salah missed the mark in the first period, held in check from the penalty spot by the same Danish goalkeeper (15e), which was replaced by his crossbar in stride on a poorly adjusted catching head by the Egyptian.
The consequence is unfortunate for the Mersey club, which even before the Skyblues’ trip to Brentford on Wednesday evening (9.15 p.m.) finds itself six lengths behind its rival, with an equal number of matches (19). Liverpool are, moreover, under the direct threat of Chelsea from now on. The Blues expected in 24 hours against Brighton for the gain of second place. What make the opposition between the two clubs even more explosive next Sunday at Stamford Bridge.