Leicester City: The Last 5

Ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the King Power Stadium on Monday, Stephen Lindell takes a trip down memory lane to revisit our last 5 clashes against them in the Premier League.

So, hello ladies and gentlemen, pretending to be ladies online [not to misquote @Kolology]. Liverpool Twitter really has been quite the place to lament Leicester’s poor form as late.

Why? Well, our record against so called ‘lesser’ sides has been one key contribution to our downfall this season from top to battling for 4th.

Many sides would warmly welcome the idea of having a favourable fixture list.

But there’s only ONE exception in the whole league bar the relegation contenders. ONLY Liverpool.

Another Liverpool defeat would again expose our frailties mentally and defensively against these sides.

A win could finally mark a positive watershed in our season – something we can hopefully build on from here.

With that in mind, here are our last 5 clashes with Leicester City in the Premier League.

5: Liverpool 4-1 Leicester City [Premier League, Anfield, 10 September 2016]

This was our most recent clash with the Foxes, and it ended in a comfortable win for the hosts.

It was Liverpool’s first home game of the season at a new-look Anfield and spanking Main Stand.

The atmosphere levels were higher than ever, and the Reds responded to the rousing reception with a thrilling performance.

Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead when he latched onto James Milner’s pass – and new signing Sadio Mane put Jurgen Klopp’s side in full control when he clipped home from Daniel Sturridge’s sumptuous backheel.

However, we’re Liverpool. We always do it the hard way. But our dominance suddenly resurfaced, and it was Lucas Leiva of all people who gave Leicester the opportunity to get back into the game.

A seemingly easy pass turned into an assist for Jamie Vardy, who gleefully slotted into an empty net.

Any worries that we would be playing second fiddle for the rest of the game were put to bed when Adam Lallana’s fine volley restored the Reds’ two goal deficit.

And Roberto Firmino gave the score a more respectable scoreline, when he got on the end of a Mane pass and tucked it into an empty net – with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in no man’s land.

It proved to be the catalyst for a superb run which saw us top the table in November prior to the international break. How times have changed, though.

Match report here

4: Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool [Premier League, King Power Stadium, 2 February 2016]

This was our last visit to the King Power Stadium – and probably one of our worst showings against them for a long, long time.

The talking point going into this game was Leicester’s remarkable categorical success story under Claudio Ranieri – which saw them rise from relegation contenders to title contenders in the space of a year.

With visitors Liverpool having European & cup football on their agenda, they never looked like halting the Foxes’ title bandwagon in its tracks.

The first half was a pretty dull affair, with no sides really having any clear-cut opportunities – although Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki’s header was tipped onto the crossbar by Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.

The second half, though, exploded into action at the 60th minute mark. A long ball was punted forward –  star striker Jamie Vardy let it bounce, before unleashing an absolute rocket from 25 yards over the head of Mignolet.

It was probably one of the goals of the season, if not THE goal of the season.

Liverpool were left shellshocked from there, and never came close to mounting a recovery at a rapturous King Power Stadium.

It was Vardy again, who put the final nail in the Reds coffin instead. He killed any hopes of a comeback from the visitors – smashing home from Shinji Okazaki’s deflected pass.

That was pretty much all you need to know from the game. An absolutely spineless performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side. Something we’ve rarely been accustomed to.

3: Liverpool 1-0 Leicester City [Premier League, Anfield, 26 December 2015]

This Boxing Day clash at Anfield saw Liverpool come into this game on the back of a forgetful 3-0 thumping at Vicarage Road – as well as a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle coupled with the 2-2 home draw with West Brom which prompted Jürgen Klopp’s salute of the crowd at full time.

With Leicester flying high at the top, it wasn’t really difficult to see why the Foxes were the favourites in this one – even though they were away from home. 

Jamie Vardy was on a hot streak of form, and Riyad Mahrez too was really producing some Algerian art.

But Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool ended Leicester’s nine-match unbeaten run with a fine performance.

The first half was again, one devoid of opportunities – although we dominated possession. 

In the second half, we began to exert pressure on Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, and duly reaped rewards when £32.5m worth of belgian flop Christian Benteke slid home from a Roberto Firmino’s pull back.

It was a rare spot of positivity on what was otherwise a poor spell on Merseyside for the ex-Aston Villa striker.

He should’ve made it 2 late on, but failed in front of an open goal. We’d still take that kind of win next Monday!

Match report here

2: Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City [Premier League, Anfield, 1 January 2015]

On New Year’s Day, Nigel Pearson’s struggling Leicester made the journey up to the north west to face Liverpool.

A 4-1 victory lifted spirits in their final game of 2014 – but it had otherwise been an extremely unfulfilling season from Brendan Rodgers’ side; who failed to respond to the promise they all attributed before the season (particularly new signings).

But if Liverpool were unconvincing, the Foxes were in freefall. Despite a 1-0 away win at Hull to end their promotion-winning 2014, they found themselves marooned to the bottom of the table.

They had gone 12 games without a win, and a defeat would’ve further plunged them into trouble.

It looked like it’d be a routine Anfield win for the hosts, when Steven Gerrard’s quickfire brace of penalties put the Reds 2-0 ahead at half-time.

But in typical Liverpool fashion, we floundered in the second and gave the visitors a platform back into the game.

David Nugent commenced the fightback in the 58th minute – when he thumped home. Comically, 100 seconds later, they found the equaliser.

And it was Jeffrey Schlupp who drilled home to send the away fans wild. This game left us 7 points of the top 4 consequently – whilst for Leicester, soon their spirited comeback from the dead would begin. It was to prove a disappointing campaign for Liverpooll.

1: Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool [Premier League, King Power Stadium, 2 December 2014]

This clash at the King Power Stadium came in early December of 2014. Liverpool were 11th, and under pressure for acquiring players not deemed enough to upstage Luis Suarez’s departure in the summer. Leicester were rooted to the bottom, so this was definitely a must win game for both sides.

It looked like it’d be a long night for Brendan Rodgers’ side when Leonardo Ulloa’s effort cannoned off the crossbar and hit Simon Mignolet’s head. 

It was a slice of bad fortune – but the reality was that we were behind. Something had to change.

And it did – new summer signing Adam Lallana struck a half volley past Kasper Schmeichel in what lied as the few sole moments to remember for the ex Southampton man, who endured a forgetful first season on Merseyside.

This proved to be the catalyst for Liverpool in the rest of the match – Steven Gerrard struck to give the Reds the lead from a loose ball; it was disappointing his contract situation was dominating the headlines.

Wes Morgan was then given his marching orders for hauling down Rickie Lambert – and Jordan Henderson sealed the win late on.

This was only our 2nd back-to-back league win all season, but fortunately salvation was to follow.

Written by @SteLindellLFC

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