Leicester City staged an astonishing late comeback to beat Liverpool as the Premier League champions collapsed and paid the price for another defensive calamity involving keeper Alisson.
Liverpool looked to be cementing their top-four aspirations when Mohamed Salah put them ahead after 67 minutes with a clever finish after a piece of individual brilliance in the penalty area by Roberto Firmino.
Leicester – who were not at their best even though Jamie Vardy missed two glorious first-half chances – suddenly bounced off the canvas to sink the champions with three goals in a chaotic seven-minute period.
The Foxes saw a 78th-minute penalty award ruled out by the video assistant referee and even though James Maddison’s resulting free-kick found its way into the net past Alisson it was initially ruled out for an offside against Daniel Amartey before being given after a VAR check.
Leicester’s second three minutes later was another horror show for Liverpool keeper Alisson, whose poor clearances contributed to two goals in Manchester City’s win at Anfield last Sunday. This time the Brazilian recklessly dashed out to clear Youri Tielemans’ long ball, only to farcically crash into debutant defender Ozan Kabak, leaving Vardy to run the ball into an empty net.
And Brendan Rodgers watched the Foxes rub salt in his former side’s wounds as Harvey Barnes applied a composed finish to Wilfred Ndidi’s pass with five minutes left.
Leicester go second while Liverpool’s third successive league defeat means their place in the top four looks in peril.
More to follow.
- 6EvansBooked at 43mins
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 8TielemansSubstituted forChoudhuryat 87′minutes
- 11AlbrightonSubstituted forPérezat 74′minutesSubstituted forMendyat 90′minutes
- 19KabakBooked at 71mins
- 7MilnerSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 17′minutes
- 5WijnaldumSubstituted forShaqiriat 87′minutes
- 17JonesBooked at 24minsSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 75′minutes
- 6Thiago Alcántara
- 46R Williams
- 76N Williams
- Anthony Taylor
Match ends, Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1.
Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ricardo Pereira.
Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).
Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Ayoze Pérez because of an injury.
Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Youri Tielemans.
Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.
Goal! Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi following a fast break.
Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Offside, Leicester City. James Maddison tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.
Goal! Leicester City 2, Liverpool 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
VAR Decision: Goal Leicester City 1-1 Liverpool (James Maddison).
Goal! Leicester City 1, Liverpool 1. James Maddison (Leicester City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.Goal awarded following VAR Review.
VAR Decision: No Penalty Leicester City.
Foul by Thiago (Liverpool).
Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Curtis Jones.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez replaces Marc Albrighton.