Liverpool failed to convert a penalty against a Leicester City club that had just lost 6-3 to Premier League leader Manchester City just 48 hours earlier, and ultimately lost 1-0 to the Foxes in a setback that might have major consequences in the Premier League title battle.
With a heavyweight confrontation against third-place Chelsea looming on Sunday, the Reds are now six points behind Man City at the midway stage of the season.
Ademola Lookman, who had only been on the pitch for five minutes, was the hero for Leicester, weaving his way through the penalty area and delivering a hammer blow to Liverpool’s title hopes while also helping to push Leicester into ninth place.
Liverpool had a number of golden opportunities before to that goal. Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah had a penalty kick saved in the first half by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also made a number of other outstanding saves. Sadio Mane, a Liverpool attacker, missed the target on the greatest chance of the second half.
Due to an unexpected layoff on Boxing Day due to a COVID-19 postponement, the Reds came into the encounter with extra rest. Despite playing on Boxing Day and facing a massive injury list that left the Foxes depleted, manager Brendan Rodgers produced a masterclass in his club’s third encounter in six days.
On the night, Liverpool appeared mortal, which was a disastrous result considering Man City’s apparent immortality.
Full-time: Liverpool’s title chances have dwindled dramatically after a dismal evening. At the King Power Stadium, Ademola Lookman’s winner stuns the visitors, putting Liverpool six points behind Manchester City, which feels like 16 given Pep Guardiola’s side’s current form.
It’s a Herculean effort and result for Leicester City. Given the injury list the Foxes had to deal with, as well as the mid-season loss of James Maddison, Brendan Rodgers has pulled off nothing short of a miracle. Liverpool was abysmal, but Leicester City was up to the challenge.