Tuesday night saw Liverpool make the trip to the KP Stadium, as the Reds faced off against current Premier League leaders Leicester City. With a win in the reverse fixture at the Merseyside, it was expected to be yet another tough game between the two sides. The first half proved that the two sides cancelled each other out and the result would be decided in the second half. Some brilliance from Jamie Vardy gave the hosts the lead, while the English striker scored a second to double the lead. The Reds tried their best to get back into the game, but Leicester defended well to deny them time and time again.
Eventually, the game ended in a 2-0 loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the German manager looking quite disappointed with the result. It will be interesting to see how things shape up for both the teams in the upcoming weeks, but here are five important things learnt from the result:
5. Leicester City are serious title contenders:
If any of the fans or pundits still had any doubts about Leicester winning the title, they must have surely been silenced. The team has been performing really well right through the season and it is no fluke that they beat Liverpool on the night. The Foxes have been superb in most of their games in the league and would surely be deserving champions, if they can hold on to the top spot till the very end.
4. Liverpool’s defence is still not solid:
After the win at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp would have hoped for something similar. His side were able to keep a clean sheet back then, though things did not go as per plan in this game. The defence conceded a couple of goals and Mignolet had to make quite a few saves in the match as well. In order to become a top side, not just in England but also in Europe, the Reds need to improve at the back and soon.
3. Klopp needs another striker up front:
The injury to Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge’s fitness problems are really costing Liverpool some crucial points. Christian Benteke has not been up to the
mark in recent weeks and the decision to play Roberto Firmino up front is working, for now, it surely can’t be a long-term solution. Once again, Klopp’s team failed
to get on the score sheet, which will be a problem for the manager.
2. Top four finish is almost out of sight now for the Reds:
Liverpool at the moment are placed at eighth place in the points table, with 34 points from 24 games. After their loss, they lie 16 points behind the league leaders and 11
points behind 4th place Arsenal. It seems highly unlikely that a club in the top four will drop so many points from now until the end of the season, as they look to challenge for
the title. However, anything is possible in the world of football.
1.Lack of midfield creativity from Liverpool and inconsistent players:
Most games are won and lost in midfield and the same could be said about this clash as well. Liverpool’s midfield is not performing consistently enough for
Klopp’s liking. The German boss needs to get things sorted out as soon as possible and get the best out of his players if they want to keep winning and finish
as high as possible in the points table.