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Ward confident, Oxlade-Chamberlain flops – 3 good, 3 bad from Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:00
GOOD: Ward a Confident Presence

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Danny Ward during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp named Danny Ward in his starting lineup, with the Welshman given an opportunity to shine ahead of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

The 24-year-old was a composed figure whenever he was called in action, which was an undoubted positive to take from the match.

His handling was immaculate, with one tricky catch taken expertly, and there was a confidence about him that looked more convincing than his more experienced goalkeeping superiors.

It is unlikely that Ward will be restored for Saturday’s return to the King Power, but he did his chances no harm whatsoever. He could do nothing about either goal.

BAD: Henderson Off the Pace Again

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It hasn’t been an impressive start to the season from Jordan Henderson, with the captain’s all-round game far from its sharpest.

This was a night when the 27-year-old should have been a notable influence, but instead, the game passed him by in frustrating fashion.

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Too often, his use of the ball was too safe, and even his much-lauded energy was generally lacking.

Henderson seemed to shrink when his team-mates most needed him—not exactly the hallmarks of a skipper—and he should be very disappointed with his efforts.

He may struggle to keep this place this weekend, with Emre Can returning to the fold and Gini Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho also likely to start.

GOOD: Robertson Shines Down the Left

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andrew Robertson was given his third start for Liverpool in place of Alberto Moreno, and with the Spaniard in good form, he knew he had to impress.

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Fortunately, he was one of the major plus points against the Foxes, with his first-half performance particularly eye-catching.

The Scotland international was a constant outlet from left-back with his pace and intelligence, and most importantly, his final ball was devastating.

Sadly, his team-mates failed to get on the end of a number of superb crosses, but if he keeps producing such quality, he will register plenty of assists.

In the long run, Robertson looks the best option at left-back, despite Moreno’s improvements of late.

BAD: Flanagan Simply Not Good Enough

 Liverpool's Jon Flanagan looks dejected as his side lose 2-0 during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It feels a long time ago now that Jon Flanagan was excelling during the 2013/14 season, and he was bordering on sad to watch at times against Leicester.

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The 24-year-old started at right-back as Klopp rotated his squad, but he was nowhere near good enough in all facets of his play.

On the ball, he looked a long way short of top quality, and his pace and attacking thrust was non-existent. He didn’t even attempt to reach one pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which summed it up.

Injuries have clearly taken their toll on Flanagan, and if anyone was unsure about whether he was up to Liverpool’s standard before Tuesday, his 90-minute showing proved he isn’t.

GOOD: Solanke Leads the Line Well

 Liverpool's Dominic Solanke looks dejected after missing a chance during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah given a richly deserved night off, it was up to others to perform in the Reds’ attack.

Dominic Solanke was handed the task of leading the line, and while others around him had very poor evenings, he could come away with his head held high.

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Not everything came off for the promising youngster, with some sloppy touches and poor pieces of decision-making hard to ignore, but there was so much good about him.

He combined a strong physical presence with quick feet and clever movement, and he invariably looked the most likely Liverpool player to find the net.

At 20, there is so much more to come from Solanke—he will be a key option at times this season and beyond.

BAD: Poor First Start For Oxlade-Chamberlain

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool supporters were understandably excited about Oxlade-Chamberlain starting his first game for the Reds, as is the case with any new big-money signing.

Despite the odd good touch and impressive show of pace, though, the former Arsenal man was dreadful on the whole.

Everything that has dogged his career to date was on display, from reckless end product to running down blind alleys, and ex-Reds target Ben Chilwell had the better of him all night.

The 24-year-old has been very vocal about playing regularly, and in a more central role, but he will do well to be first choice any time soon.

It will, of course, take Oxlade-Chamberlain time to adjust to life at Anfield, but this was the player who has proved so unpredictable over the years. Must do better.

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Leicester City 2 - 0 Liverpool: A night to forget at the King Power Stadium

Anfield Index.com - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 01:19

Competition: Carabao Cup 3rd Round

Date: 19/9/17

Venue: King Power Stadium

So, the Reds were back in action again tonight. September is a gruelling month, match-wise for most clubs, second only to December.

Liverpool have stayed true to their form of recent years by struggling in the immediate aftermath of the first international break of the season. A 5-0 trouncing at City was followed up with two home draws (2-2 v Sevilla, 1-1 v Burnley). Now, they begin a run of four away games in a row, including a trip to Moscow.

Klopp made eight changes from the starting eleven against Burnley. It was great to see Danny Ings’ name on the bench on his long road to recovery while it was surprising that Lazar Markovic was also named among the substitutes. Coutinho started again in his quest to get back to full match-fitness. He was joined up front with two summer signings, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke.

Leicester were all change as well. Jamie Vardy wasn’t in the squad while the likes of Mahrez, Okazaki and Iheanacho were on the bench.

Teams

Leicester lineup – Hamer, Amartey, Dragovic, Morgan(c), Chilwell, Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Slimani, Ulloa

Subs: Jakupovic, Iheanacho, Musa, Okazaki, Mahrez, Benalouane, Choudhury

Liverpool lineup – Ward, Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson(c), Grujic, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Coutinho

Subs: Karius, Milner, Moreno, Ings, Markovic, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold

The Action

Liverpool settled quickest at the King Power Stadium. They had the lion’s share of the possession in the first half, and even more so in the opening twenty minutes.

On five minutes, Grujic and Coutinho combined before the Brazilian midfielder released Robertson on the left. Robertson played in a great ball which found Oxlade-Chamberlain at the back post. His low effort was blocked brilliantly, however, by Ben Chilwell.

Danny Ward didn’t have much to deal with in the first half but in the ninth minute he did win a race to the ball with Slimani and cleared his lines with no problems whatsoever.

Coutinho was impressive in the first half. In the eleventh minute, he went on a mazy run just outside the Leicester box. Everyone seemed terrified of fouling him. Coutinho eventually got his shot off but Hamer beat it away at the near post.

Along with Coutinho, Andy Robertson was giving a good account of himself. His delivery really does have a consistency about it that Liverpool have lacked from a full-back for many years.

It was Coutinho again who had the next shot on goal after a tidy one-two with Solanke. Unfortunately, his finish was easy for Hamer to deal with once more.

There were more half-chances for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Solanke, while Coutinho had a free-kick which was miles off target.

Coutinho created a good chance for Solanke just before the half-time whistle with a delightfully chipped ball over the top of the Leicester defence. Just when Solanke needed a little ‘dink’ over the onrushing Hamer he caught it too heavy and his shot went over the bar.

Half-time: Leicester 0 – 0 Liverpool

Ben Woodburn came on to replace Philippe Coutinho at half-time.

At the start of the second half, Grujic gave away a foul giving Leicester a free-kick just outside the box and in a very dangerous area. Thankfully for the Reds, Gray’s shot was well over the bar.

Gray had another strike on goal ten minutes later after he ran at the Liverpool defence. This time his shot was dragged well wide of Ward’s goal, however.

Marko Grujic was booked for a rash challenge on Ndidi in the 57th minute. Leicester were notably having more a say in the game after the break. No surprise, really, considering Coutinho had gone off.

In the 65th minute, Leicester took the lead. Their corner was initially cleared by Grujic but the Foxes got it back into the box. The ball found its way to Iborra on the penalty spot. He cushioned a header back down for Okazaki. Okazaki’s shot was hit into the ground but it had enough in it to bounce past the diving Danny Ward. 1-0.

Two minutes later and Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on some sloppy Leicester defending. He had a snapshot from the edge of the box go just over the bar.

After a quick free-kick in the 72nd minute, Woodburn made some space for a shot from wide on the left. He came so close with his effort. It went just over the bar at the far corner of the net.

A minute later, Danny Ings made his long-awaited return to first-team football after two forgettable years due to injuries. He replaced Wijnaldum as Klopp had to push for at least an equaliser in the last twenty minutes or so.

Ings almost got a flick onto a deflected cross in the 77th minute. Everyone else seemed to fall asleep but Ings anticipated where the ricocheted ball was heading. His quick thinking wasn’t rewarded as his lack of a connection let him down.

The next minute and it was all over. Leicester made it two through Slimani. He hit a bullet of a left-footed strike from just outside the box. Again, Danny Ward was powerless to prevent it from hitting the top corner of the net. 2-0.

Leicester were flying now. Gray had a great shot from the left just tipped around the post by Danny Ward.

Leicester held firm for the remaining minutes, although, in truth, it wasn’t quite clear where the Reds could get any creative spark from at that stage. In fairness to Ben Woodburn, he had looked lively since coming on but there wasn’t a lot of team cohesion to work with around him.

Grujic tried a wayward shot from long range in injury-time. That was about as close as Liverpool would come in the closing stages.

Final Score: Leicester 2 – 0 Liverpool

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Klopp 'sick' of 'easy goals'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 01:00
By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 19/09/17 11:19pm

Jurgen Klopp said he is sick of the goals Liverpool were conceding recently

Jurgen Klopp said he is "sick" of the way Liverpool are conceding "easy goals" after their 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

Having failed to win any of their last three matches, Liverpool started brightly at the King Power Stadium and dominated the first half.

However, they failed to take any of the chances they created and were punished as Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored after the break to send the Foxes into the fourth round.

"We played really good football in the first half and should have decided the game early," said Klopp. "We had big chances. But that's football, it's 90 minutes, at least.

"Leicester somehow survive because we are not clinical enough, sometimes it's like that, but you need to stay concentrated until the end and not allow them to score. They scored too easily.

Tim Sherwood believes Klopp should have picked a stronger side

"The second ball after a corner, and a throw-in… I am sick of goals like this. You cannot play football. First goal we don't push up together, you can say it one time or 1000 times, it's not nice to concede these goals, and today it's again because of these."

Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets this season and have now conceded 10 goals in their last four matches.

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Klopp added: "After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, that was a bigger difference. The game changes in moments like this, you have the chance to do it by yourself or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that's how it is.

"But that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.

"We are still a good football team, I see it, but unfortunately it doesn't feel (like that) at the moment because it's a cup competition. We wanted to go into the next round and nobody is interested who plays the better in the first half.

"The story of this game is really easy to tell, we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football, we didn't score, that's sometimes part of football.

"But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today, then it is quite difficult."

Liverpool return to the King Power Stadium on Saturday to face Leicester in the Premier League.

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Video: Jurgen Klopp post-match press conference – Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:57

Jurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool side were “unlucky” following their 2-0 loss to Leicester City in the League Cup third round on Tuesday night.

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The Reds fell to second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani at the King Power Stadium, to crash out of the League Cup at the first time of asking.

It was a hugely frustrating night for the travelling supporters, who witnessed a near carbon copy of the performance served up in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

Speaking after the game, Klopp rued his side’s missed chances once again, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Philippe Coutinho and Dominic Solanke all going close in the first half.

And the German described Okazaki’s goal as a “game-changing moment,” and was particularly critical of his side’s defending in the buildup.

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“That we conceded like this, that makes me really, really sick,” he lamented.

“Defending set-pieces is the thing. It’s not the first ball, obviously we’d always had problems with this, now it’s the second or third [ball] even.”

Klopp also confirmed that Coutinho’s withdrawal was pre-planned, saying: “He needs match time, but it was not for a second the plan to let him play again 90 minutes, or 60, 70 or 80.”

The Reds will have another chance to rewrite their miserable form when they return to the King Power on Saturday.

Taking on Leicester for the second time in five days, this time in the Premier League, Klopp’s side can only hope to avoid a five-game run without a victory.


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Liverpool's finishing problem

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:50
Peter Smith

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Last Updated: 19/09/17 10:55pm

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Eighty shots. Three goals. Liverpool's finishing has badly let them down over the past week and a failure to capitalise on their first-half dominance at Leicester was a key factor in their 2-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, writes Peter Smith.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is still seeking his first piece of silverware at the club following this third-round exit, vented his frustration after the game at his side's failure to take their "big chances", as he called them.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Philippe Coutinho, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke - three times - were all culpable in the opening 45.

"They could have been out of sight at half-time. We led a charmed life," conceded Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, after seeing the Foxes step up their own performance after the break, following Liverpool's substitution of the instrumental Coutinho.

Highlights of the Carabao Cup 3rd round match between Leicester and Liverpool

Questions have been asked of Liverpool's defence this season - and Klopp was again angry at the way his side allowed Shinji Okazaki to profit from a half-cleared corner and Islam Slimani room to shoot from distance - but a variation of attacking line-ups have mis-fired since the international break.

Mis-firing Liverpool

24 shots v Sevilla - drew
35 shots v Burnley - drew
21 shots v Leicester - lost

"That thrashing of Arsenal seems a long time ago now," said Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith on co-commentary - and this Liverpool team are certainly now lacking the conviction they showed when hitting eight in back-to-back games against Hoffenheim and the Gunners in August.

There was the heavy defeat to Manchester City but Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino wasted good chances prior to Sergio Aguero's opener and Sadio Mane's sending off. Should Liverpool have turned their early impetuous into goals in that game, the outcome would have been very different.

Firmino then fired a penalty against the post in the 2-2 Champions League tie with Sevilla before Mane and Salah spurned second-half chances, while Daniel Sturridge and Solanke were guilty in the 1-1 draw with Burnley.

At Leicester, Liverpool - who made eight changes from that Burnley fixture - had 13 first-half shots and eight more after the interval, but found the target with just three of them.

We played really good football in the first half. We should have decided it early. We had big chances.

Jurgen Klopp

Robertson was repeatedly afforded acres of space on the left but his delightful crosses went unconverted. Coutinho orchestrated three clear openings. Again, that good work went unrewarded.

"We played really good football in the first half. We should have decided it early. We had big chances," lamented Klopp.

His removal of Coutinho at the break - cautious to ease the Brazilian back from injury - contributed to a drop-off from the Reds in the second half. They made 100 fewer passes after the break without their No10 shuttling the ball across and up the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp said he was sick of the goals Liverpool were conceding recently including the goals in the their 2-0 defeat to Leicester

But Leicester were buoyed by their first-half let-offs. Able to re-think and reconfigure at half-time with the scores still level, Shakespeare and his men were given a lifeline.

Liverpool will be back at the King Power Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League fixture. Most likely with a different frontline. But unless they can end their recently recurring wastefulness in front of goal, they may be leaving with a similar result.

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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on cup exit to Leicester

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:30
Jürgen Klopp acknowledged his disappointment at Liverpool’s Carabao Cup exit to Leicester City on Tuesday night, admitting defensive errors cost his side at the King Power Stadium.
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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on cup exit to Leicester

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:30

Jürgen Klopp acknowledged his disappointment at Liverpool’s Carabao Cup exit to Leicester City on Tuesday night, admitting defensive errors cost his side at the King Power Stadium.

After a dominant first-half showing in which the Reds created several good goalscoring opportunities, the Foxes took the lead just past the hour mark via Shinji Okazaki after a cleared corner was hoisted back into the visitors’ area and found its way to the substitute.

Islam Slimani then made sure of victory for Leicester with his stunning 78th-minute strike, breaking forward from a deep throw in and driving into the top corner to end Liverpool’s hopes of progression in the tournament.

Afterwards, Klopp spoke to the media in his post-match press conference. Read on for a summary of what he had to say…

On his reflection on the game…

The story of this game is really easy to explain: we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football – really good - didn’t score, that’s sometimes a part of football. We were unlucky in one or two moments, maybe not clinical enough in another moment. But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today again then it is quite difficult. We should have scored three, but as long as you leave games open, you have to defend. You always have to defend these situations better. [The first goal came from a] second ball after a corner, I think… it was close, but it was not offside. Really close, so we need to make it more clear it is offside and the only thing you can do is to push up. You cannot defend always like we did against Arsenal and [start] a counter-attack or whatever. We had to push up and we didn’t. The second one is a throw in again and everyone can imagine we know how to defend them but obviously we don’t do it. It doesn’t feel too cool but it’s the truth that we are still a good football team. I see it but unfortunately it doesn’t feel it at the moment because we exited a cup competition. We wanted to go to the next round. Nobody was interested in who played the better first half, everyone was interested who will go through and we are not the team that will be in the next round for some good reasons.

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On whether Liverpool’s players’ heads dropped after the first Leicester goal…

After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, so that was the biggest difference. It is a game-changer moments like this. You always have a chance to do it yourselves, or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that’s how it is. That we conceded like this, that makes me really, really sick. That’s hard. Then the reaction, you saw a young team, we played one-twos on the left wing at 2-0 and then [Leicester] made a counter-attack. These are mistakes I can live with because the two boys [Woodburn and Solanke] together are about 34 [in combined age], so that can happen. But defending set pieces, it wasn’t the first ball [for the first goal] – we had problems with this and now we had it with the second or third even and then the throw in.

On Philippe Coutinho’s withdrawal at half-time…

That was the plan before the game, he needs match time but it was not for a second the plan [to keep him on] and it was not allowed to let him play again for 90 minutes, or 60 or 70 or 80 or whatever. It was clear that 45 is the limit, we need to make him fit but we cannot push him through. That’s all.

On whether the No.10 is ‘on schedule’ as he works his way back to full fitness…

Yes, of course. 80 something [minutes] at the weekend and then 45 today.

On doing more defensive work in training…

We do it all the time. Defending is different things, it’s common together defending and it’s individual defending, it’s one-on-one situations, it’s two-on-one situations… I don’t think teams shoot a lot against us, I know they don’t, they have not a lot of finishing situations. We defend really well in a lot of moments - how everyone can imagine, we know how to defend a set-piece, a throw-in, and then you change two or three times and then in the end, obviously it doesn’t work. I’m in the boat, it’s not that I say ‘I told you and you don’t know’. I feel really bad in the moment about this, of course it’s not about not knowing it’s about doing it in that moment - that’s hard in the moment, it feels really hard in this moment to go out because of this [and] after that performance in the first half. But we have, we have to play like this, we are able - we made seven or eight chances and we still can play football, that’s cool, good, good, good, but as long as you concede goals like this it makes life really difficult.

On returning to the King Power this weekend…

Will I still feel sick when I come back here on Saturday? I lost more games in my life unfortunately and believe me or not, tomorrow morning I am fine. Yes we will come back and I will be before the game for sure in a better shape than right now.

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Slimani stunner ousts Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:20
By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 19/09/17 11:08pm

Highlights of the Carabao Cup third-round match between Leicester and Liverpool

Islam Slimani scored a brilliant goal as Leicester beat Liverpool 2-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Substitute Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring in the 66th minute before Slimani fired in from outside the box to seal victory for the Foxes.

Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting, had dominated the first half, but failed to take any of their chances.

Jurgen Klopp's side, who made the semi-finals last year and final in 2016, have now failed to win any of their last four matches.

Leicester, meanwhile, are into the fourth round for the first time since 2015, having recovered from a dismal first-half performance to progress.

Player ratings

Leicester: Hamer (6), Amartey (5), Dragovic (6), Morgan (6), Chilwell (6), Albrighton (5), Iborra (5), Ndidi (6), Gray (6), Slimani (7), Ulloa (5)

Subs: Choudhury (5), Okazaki (7)

Liverpool: Ward (5), Flanagan (5), Gomez (5), Klavan (5), Robertson (7), Henderson (6), Grujic (5), Wijnaldum (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Coutinho (7), Solanke (5)

Subs: Ings (5), Woodburn (6)

Man of the match: Shinji Okazaki

Liverpool were dominant in the opening 45 minutes, with Andy Robertson providing plenty of attacking threat down the left side and Coutinho pulling the strings in the middle.

Oxlade-Chamberlain saw an early chance blocked from a Robertson cross before Dominic Solanke shot narrowly wide and Coutinho had an effort saved.

Watch Islam Slimani's fantastic strike

Leicester offered nothing in response and Robertson continued to create chances, crossing to the back post for Solanke to turn over and then putting in a ball that Coutinho almost tapped in. Solanke also lobbed onto the roof of the net towards the end of the half.

But, having replaced Coutinho at half-time, Liverpool lost their control of the game in the second half.

Summer signings Aleksandar Dragovic and Vicente Iborra both made their Leicester debuts. Liverpool summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start while Philippe Coutinho was named in the XI for the first time this season. Danny Ward and Jon Flanagan featured for the first time since May 2016.

Leicester were forced into a change after Leonardo Ulloa was left dazed by a header, and it was his replacement, Okazaki, who scored the opener, prodding home in the 66th minute from Vicente Iborra's header back.

Oxlade-Chamberlain fired over and Ben Woodburn went close before Danny Ings came on for his first Liverpool appearance since October 2016.

However, it was Leicester who scored the decisive second as Slimani fired in a brilliant strike from outside the box.

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Robertson and Coutinho were brilliant in the first half, but it was substitute Okazaki who proved key in Leicester winning the tie.

The Japan international gave the Foxes more energy up front and, after scoring the first goal, set up Slimani to add the second.

"Bringing him on was a bonus for us," said Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare. "I know what he is about, he gets in and around people and starts the pressing from the front, which we didn't do in the first half."

Pundit reaction

Emile Heskey on Sky Sports Football: "With the amount of possession Liverpool had and the chances they created, they should have won.

"Defensively they were not sound enough. It was a pretty simple ball to deal with for the first goal, the ball back in from a corner, and you just have to deal with the headers. Players are just standing there free.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was disappointing. Sometimes you forgot he was playing. You expect him to be all action down that wing and you didn't see it. In fairness, Ben Chilwell played a blinding game."

What's next?

The two sides meet again at the King Power Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League. Liverpool then travel to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League next Tuesday.

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Leicester 2-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:12

Made a good save later on which kept the scoreline down to just the two-goal deficit.

He blends the good parts of Mignolet and Karius in one Welsh goalkeeping package, and even kicks the ball straight out of play once in a while.

 Liverpool's Jon Flanagan looks dejected as his side lose 2-0 during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jon Flanagan – 3

During the first half he didn’t have to do anything, and in the second half he still did nothing anyway.

Struggled when defending one-on-one against Demarai Gray, and his linkup with his own team-mates was worse as the game went on.

Judging by this performance, and seeing as the club are now out of the League Cup, he might not get another game this season.

Joe Gomez – 6.5

Played well having come inside from right-back to centre-back, and despite the odd lapse he still looked better than Liverpool’s other options in this area.

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Strong, and quick enough to recover if caught slightly out of position.

Good passing with both feet, and not afraid to play balls through traffic into midfield.

Ragnar Klavan – 6

Kept his place in the side from the Burnley game and put in a good performance, although wasn’t tested too much by the Leicester attack.

Did some good clearing up, looked comfortable alongside a quicker partner and was able to step out and deal with things.

Tried to block the shot for the first goal, but the centre-backs had been hung out to dry by a midfield who didn’t respond once the initial corner was cleared.

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 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andrew Robertson – 7 (Man of the Match)

Put several dangerous balls into the box during an excellent first half, but his team-mates couldn’t convert the chances he presented them with.

Worked well with Philippe Coutinho, now the Brazilian was finally passing him the ball, having avoided doing so in the previous game.

Was unfortunate to see the ball deflect into the net off his last-ditch challenge.

Jordan Henderson – 4

His short passing was tidier and up to the level you’d expect from a player in his position; especially one who was given so much space.

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However, his positioning in both defence and attack was poor and he looked to be getting in the way of his team-mates more than getting in the way of the opposition.

Telling that he played the full 90 in a reserve side, perhaps indicating that Klopp doesn’t want him for his best 11 at the weekend.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5.5

Regularly involved but, this being an away game, he didn’t fancy scoring or doing anything really productive with the ball.

If he plays in the upcoming Premier League game against the same opposition, at the same stadium, it might feel like a home game, so he could finally break the hoodoo.

Like the others he didn’t protect his defence when called upon.

Marko Grujic – 5

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Replaces Lucas Leiva in so much as he likes a mistimed, rash challenge regardless of where he is on the pitch.

Won more aerial duels than any other player on the pitch with eight.

Looked neat and tidy with his short passing but his through balls were rusty and lacked accuracy.

Needs to be more disciplined in defence with both his tackling and positioning.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5

Heavily involved. Sloppy. Had a problem with his socks which seemed to baffle Jurgen Klopp.

Let off a powerful shot with his left foot but it was straight at the Leicester ‘keeper.

Tried in all aspects of the game: dribbling, shooting, passing, but the only ones he succeeded in were work rate and application.

If he gets the other things right he could be a good player for Klopp, but he wasn’t on Tuesday night.

Dominic Solanke – 7

A good presence up front, constantly available to bounce passes off and made some valiant attempts to hold the ball up in traffic.

Was generally lively, and saw an early shot dragged across goal. Came close to scoring from a Robertson cross but couldn’t quite get enough on the ball.

Promising signs from the youngster—it’s just a shame he doesn’t now have the League Cup to get his games.

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philipe Coutinho – 6

Sent a free-kick over the bar and generally cut a frustrated figure as the things he tried didn’t quite come off.

Did create a few chances, though, and even when not at the top of his game he still stands out above most others on the pitch.

Klopp decided to take him off at half-time, with the general consensus being that he was just getting a bit of match sharpness ahead of the upcoming league game.

Substitutes

 Liverpool's Danny Ings during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ben Woodburn (on for Coutinho, 45′) – 6.5

Had a shot which bent just around the top corner. Looked like one of the players most likely to make something happen despite being the youngest in the side.

Danny Ings (on for Wijnaldum, 72′) – 6

Good movement, some willing running, and not as off the pace as you’d expect from someone who has been out for as long as he has.

Subs not used: Karius, Moreno Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Markovic

Manager

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp looks dejected as his side lose 2-0 during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 4

Made changes with the upcoming league game in mind and in the first half they seemed to have worked, but his side couldn’t turn their domination into goals, despite the best efforts of Solanke and Robertson.

Took Coutinho off at half-time and the game changed.

The team lacked control in midfield without the Brazilian, and even though his replacement, Woodburn, looked dangerous in the final third, he lacked support from elsewhere.

Gets marked down from five to four for not bringing Lazar Markovic on.

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Jurgen Klopp “sick of conceding goals like this” after defeat to Leicester

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:05

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Jurgen Klopp was clearly despondent following Liverpool’s defeat to Leicester in the League Cup third round, conceding two more soft goals.


The 2-0 defeat was inflicted courtesy of two second half goals, making it four games without a win during a miserable fortnight for Klopp’s side.

Liverpool had dominated the first half and created numerous good chances, but again couldn’t convert those and the second half saw the Foxes return the better team.

The first goal was scored by substitute Shinji Okazaki just after the hour, with Islam Slimani adding a second – but both were poor goals to concede and Klopp was clearly not happy with the defending.

“It’s actually easy to explain,” Klopp told Sky Sports in his post-match interview. “We played really good football in the first half, we should have decided the game early. We had big chances.

“[But] football is a 90-minute game. It’s a second ball after a corner, and a throw-in again – I’m sick of goals like this to be honest, it’s unbelievable.

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“You need to stay concentrated to the end, they scored too easy. The first goal, we don’t push up together, I can’t say it 1 time, 1,000 times or whatever, it’s not nice to concede these goals and today it’s again because of this.”

Klopp has been reluctant to criticise his defenders this season, and has claimed numerous times that there were no other players to sign who were better than his current centre-backs, but even he know cannot hide his discontent in public.

Klopp made eight changes to the starting XI and the first half offered plenty of positives, but ultimately the same issues proved Liverpool’s undoing, with chances not taken at one end and chances being gifted too easily at the other.

Liverpool return to Leicester on Saturday in the Premier League, before trips to Moscow and Newcastle before the international break in October.


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Missed chances, Klopp’s rotation & Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5 talking points from Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:00

The Japanese forward scored the first and Islam Slimani found the top corner 12 minutes later to send the Foxes through and end the Reds’ hopes of an early season cup run.

Here are the biggest talking points of a thoroughly disappointing night.

Judging Danny Ward

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Danny Ward during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s tough to make a valid call on a goalkeeper who comes in for a first 90 minutes of the season…and promptly sees his side utterly dominate, yet lose.

The dominance is great for the team, of course, but was Ward good, indifferent or irrelevant? And, when the defeat occurs, what blame lays with the man between the sticks?

For the goals, this time it can be said in confidence: none at all.

The Welsh stopper made a few good claims from high balls in the first half, but could do nothing about Okazaki’s opening goal, bobbled and deflected in from close range.

Then there was the second: a top-corner drive from Islam Slimani who had previously done nothing all night; no ‘keeper in the world would have saved that effort.

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A fingertip stop soon afterward was a positive, but the big frustration will be that Ward is unlikely to see much more game time with the exit from the competition now.

There’s no real way he can claim to have done enough to challenge Simon Mignolet—the Reds were mostly untroubled all night—but his competence and dominance should certainly add weight to arguments he’s at least on par with Loris Karius.

Unfamiliar Faces

 Liverpool's Danny Ings during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lazar Markovic remained on the bench, but Danny Ings made a long-awaited comeback from injury to play a cameo role in the second half.

The striker came on just after the Reds fell behind and only really had one brief glimpse of goal, but it’s always promising to see a return from a long lay-off and his presence will at least boost Klopp’s options going forward.

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Elsewhere, Jon Flanagan endured an extremely difficult night, given a thorough run-around by Demarai Gray, while Marko Grujic‘s performance could be described as mixed.

The midfielder was neat enough in possession when the Reds were on top, but didn’t impose himself on the game and was lost after the break.

Two bad fouls, a yellow card and some wayward shooting pretty much summed up the Reds’ second 45.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Tough Start

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks dejected after missing a chance during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A first start in a Liverpool shirt did not go the way Oxlade-Chamberlain would have hoped.

The former Arsenal man had the beating of his man more than once, and was heavily involved in build-up play as the Reds dominated the first half…but very little actually came off for him.

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One or two crosses went astray, his short passing wasn’t always quite on-point and after the break his game deteriorated with rapidity.

It can partly be levelled, perhaps, at not having played with the team much and on being a little lacking in sharpness, but more would have been expected.

An unfortunate truth is that the most cutting edge shown in his 90 minutes was by the physio who had to see to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s socks in the first half.

The Coutinho-Robertson link

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The first 45 minutes saw the Reds create a string of chances down the left side and it was largely down to the combination play between Coutinho and Andy Robertson.

Back into the starting lineup, Robertson showcased his big strengths on the ball by delivering cross after cross into dangerous zones, at least one of which really should have resulted in a goal.

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Coutinho was constantly wandering infield, linking play and looking to get his usual long-range shots at goal, leaving space for his overlapping left-back to exploit—and that’s exactly what Robertson was happy to do.

The Scottish defender was one of the highlights of the night in terms of individual performances, while Liverpool’s dominance went noticeably downhill after Coutinho’s half-time withdrawal.

Important Difference Between Shooting & Finishing

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks dejected after missing a chance during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

87-3.

That isn’t a scoreline as such, but it tells the story of Liverpool lately.

Over the last four matches, the Reds have had approaching a full century of shots, scoring only three times, and failing to win any of those games.

Away and with 10 men to Man City, of course, there’s a viable explanation. But the following three fixtures have seen Liverpool spurn chance after chance, gifting up too-easy chances at the opposite end.

And winning none of the quartet of matches.

There weren’t a huge volume of clear chances at the KP on the night, but all the long-range testers, the set-piece attempts, the crosses which weren’t touched home from close range and the turns inside the box which were blocked at close quarters, only led to continuing feelings of frustration for supporters.

Klopp has to find the answers in his squad at both ends of the pitch, and needs to do it fast.

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“This tale is rather old”, “Out of luck recently” – Fans react to Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:52

Here’s how supporters reacted to the defeat on social media and our forums.

Fans were excited to see how certain fringe players would perform, with Klopp making eight changes from the draw with Burnley…

I'm very excited to see how Grujic does tonight

— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) September 19, 2017

Any half decent performance tonight from Gomez could see him stay at CB until January

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) September 19, 2017

Markovic has risen from the dead. The beautiful Serbian prince has returned.

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— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) September 19, 2017

Coutinho was heavily involved in the opening exchanges…

Coutinho is back snapping ankles.

— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) September 19, 2017

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“Cou back on song guys.”

General Sefton on the forums.

Coutinho already well on his way to hitting the usual 4-5 shots per game. Sighters so far.

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) September 19, 2017

Robertson’s excellent crossing was earning plenty of praise…

Andy 'Corridor Of Uncertainty' Robbo

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— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) September 19, 2017

Robertson's superb crossing from the left absolutely begging for a finish. #LEILIV

— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 19, 2017

We've found our new Fab Aurelio. Wand of a left boot.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) September 19, 2017

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Andy Robertson's left foot is illegal in 136 countries.

— Philip Blundell (@PhilBlundell) September 19, 2017

Liverpool completely bossed the first half, but supporters were concerned about a lack of ruthlessness…

Would love to see the XG for that

— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) September 19, 2017

Haven't seen such a one sided 0:0 for a long time. Work rate is sky high, pressing is ruthless… Finishing not so ruthless.. #LEILIV

— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) September 19, 2017

Never have I been more convinced that we're going to get beat 1-0.

— Philip Blundell (@PhilBlundell) September 19, 2017

Good half. Dominated possession, some nice stuff played, great service by Robertson. Just 3 or 4 of them need a little more composure.

— Ste Davies (@StevenD1977) September 19, 2017

I must've uttered the words "LFC need to make this dominance count" about 10,000 times in my life.

On roughly 9,500 occasions, they didn't.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 19, 2017

“We just need to slam one in here. Too much foreplay and no finish”

theres always tomorrow on the forums.

Okazaki fired the hosts ahead, leading to plenty of negativity from supporters…

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— Gareth Roberts (@robbohuyton) September 19, 2017

Bloody certainty. You don't punish teams when you're on top, this is what happens.

— Ian Salmon (@IanRSalmon) September 19, 2017

High balls & set-pieces undone again.

— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) September 19, 2017

This is the frustration for most fans. Not the results but the same sloppy mistakes over and over and over and over and over and over again.

— Floyd Nundy (@TheFNundy) September 19, 2017

Clear the corner

Leave a man in playing everyone onside

Deflection resulting in a goal

Standard

— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) September 19, 2017

So predictable

— Goody (@PG115) September 19, 2017

Slimani only added to the misery…

The efficiency of other teams' attacks versus LFC is mind boggling. They attack, they score

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) September 19, 2017

Out of luck recently ?

— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) September 19, 2017

So, one cup down for Klopp to win. He needs a pot more than ever. #LFC

— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) September 19, 2017

#lfc pic.twitter.com/h4tu4pjgxU

— Beav (@__Beav) September 19, 2017

Once the final whistle came, social media was not a happy place…

More annoyed that players like Ward, Woodburn, Solanke etc have lost their opportunity to play this season

— Coutinho? (@bubbIxs) September 19, 2017

I believe that's 9goals conceded from the last 12 shots on target faced

— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) September 19, 2017

Really poor 2nd half, Okazaki goal feels like every goal we concede. Surely Klopp should have kept Coutinho on for longer

— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) September 19, 2017

First goal – 2nd phase of a set piece.
Second goal – no protection in midfield.
It's Liverpool defence bingo tonight.

— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) September 19, 2017

“I remember when we used to win things…you kids would of loved it.”

Foldy on the forums.

The only positive from this terrible run of form is Klopp might spend in the January window

— Kauser Soze (@NinaKauser) September 19, 2017

Sometimes I'm 100% sure I could have played better and showed more determination. Certain players out there just don't do enough!

— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) September 19, 2017

Results like are becoming depressingly unsurprising. Routinely disappointing. #LFC

— Brian Irvine (@btirvine) September 19, 2017

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Photos: Liverpool knocked out at the King Power

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:38
A 2-0 defeat at Leicester City saw Liverpool eliminated in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
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Photos: Liverpool knocked out at the King Power

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:38

A 2-0 defeat at Leicester City saw Liverpool eliminated in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Reds created plenty of sights of goal in a dominant first-half performance at the King Power Stadium, but were made to pay for not taking their chances as Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored for the hosts after the break.

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Leicester 2-0 Liverpool: Spineless Reds crash out of League Cup at 1st opportunity

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:37

The visitors were heavily rotated but still strong, taking on a Leicester side without a win in their last three games, but the Reds were ultimately made to pay for their profligacy.

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Klopp makes eight changes for League Cup clash in East Midlands
  • Reds dominate first half but fail to make breakthrough
  • Woodburn replaces Coutinho for first appearance of season
  • Substitute Okazaki puts Leicester 1-0 ahead on 65 minutes
  • Ings makes first senior outing since October in second half
  • Slimani nets stunning effort to send Reds crashing out

The Reds started the stronger of the two sides, and Oxlade-Chamberlain almost marked a dream first start when Andrew Robertson pulled the ball back for him on five minutes, but Ben Chilwell made an excellent block.

Robertson’s deliveries continued to pose the biggest threat, with both Solanke and Coutinho somehow failing to convert from within the six-yard box following crosses from the Scot.

On the opposite flank, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took longer to settle into the game, but saw a cross of his own blocked with the impressive Solanke charging in.

Liverpool had an excellent chance to make their dominance count when Coutinho was brought down on the edge of the box on 40 minutes, but the Brazilian curled his free-kick high and wide.

The Foxes had few openings in the opening 45 minutes, with the Reds enjoying 76 percent of the possession, but it remained 0-0 at half-time.

 Liverpool's Dominic Solanke looks dejected after missing a chance during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp made a change to his setup at the break, with Ben Woodburn coming on for his first appearance of the season to replace Coutinho as the No. 10 works his way back to full fitness.

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The first 20 minutes of the half went without event, but with Shinji Okazaki replacing the injured Leonardo Ulloa for the Foxes, the Japanese striker soon made his mark.

With Vicente Iborra heading the ball down following a Leicester set-piece, Okazaki was on hand to drive home and put the pressure on Liverpool to find an equaliser.

Roared on by the travelling Kop, the Reds continued to push on, with Klopp introducing Danny Ings for his first senior outing for 11 months, taking Georginio Wijnaldum‘s place to provide more thrust.

It was futile, however, as Islam Slimani benefited from some more awful defending from Klopp’s side to drive forward and fire a sensational effort beyond Ward to seal the victory.

TIA Man of the Match: Andrew Robertson

Referee: Stuart Attwell

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Report: Reds eliminated from Carabao Cup at Leicester

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:35
Liverpool suffered elimination from the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage on Tuesday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City.
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Report: Reds eliminated from Carabao Cup at Leicester

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:35

Liverpool suffered elimination from the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage on Tuesday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City.

Shinji Okazaki came on as a second-half substitute to put the Foxes into the lead against the run of play after the Reds had dominated the opening period at the King Power Stadium.

The strike served to galvanise the home side – and they made certain of their place in the next round when Islam Slimani powered an unstoppable effort into the top corner as the clash ticked towards its finale, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side’s tournament hopes in the process.

Liverpool return to the same venue on Saturday tea-time for a Premier League encounter with Leicester, in which they’ll hope to end a run of four matches without a win.

The key points…

  • Okazaki comes off bench to put home tem in front on 64 minutes.
  • Slimani powers in second for Leicester on 78.
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain makes full debut for Liverpool.
  • Ings comes on for first appearance in 11 months after injury.

The team news…

Liverpool made eight changes to their starting line-up for the cup tie, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handed a full debut.

Elsewhere, Danny Ward, Dominic Solanke, Jon Flanagan and Marko Grujic also began, as did Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho.

Danny Ings was named on the bench for the first time since October 2016.

The first half…

Despite the changes, Liverpool set about taking the game to their opponents from the offer – and were almost ahead after just five minutes had elapsed.

Winning the ball back high up the pitch, Coutinho slid a pass into the path of Andy Robertson’s run into the area. The Scot steered it back into the centre, where Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived primed to turn it into the net; however, he was denied by an outstanding block by Ben Chilwell.

From the resulting corner, the Reds threatened again as Solanke made a nuisance of himself among a crowd of blue shirts, winning possession and drilling agonisingly across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Next, Coutinho bamboozled his way beyond three defenders and into the box, where a drive towards the near post was beaten away by Ben Hamer.

The Brazilian then had another attempt thwarted by the hosts’ goalkeeper before Solanke stabbed over the bar on the stretch when attempting to reach another Robertson centre.

The chances were being created frequently – even into first-half stoppage time, when a Coutinho prod presented Solanke with a chance, but he scooped over under pressure from Hamer.

Indeed, as the teams headed back to the dressing rooms, Liverpool’s attempts tally at goal stood at 13 to Leicester’s two.

The second half…

Ben Woodburn replaced Coutinho at the break and while the Reds maintained their first-half pressure in the early exchanges, the Foxes fashioned their best chance of the evening so far nine minutes after the restart when Demarai Gray’s low drive across goal had Ward momentarily worried.

And as the contest progressed, Craig Shakespeare’s side visably grew into it – and duly took the lead on 64 minutes.

A cleared corner was hoisted back into the danger zone, where Wes Morgan headed across into the path of Vicente Iborra. He nudged it back towards Okazaki, who diverted the ball low into the bottom corner.

Liverpool’s response saw Woodburn skim the roof of the net with a curler from the left-hand side of the box, while Ings was introduced for Wijnaldum.

The striker was close to an equaliser when he attempted to glance Woodburn’s cross around Hamer, but he couldn’t make the necessary connection.

However, Leicester’s influence on the game had continued to grow since making the breakthrough - and with 12 minutes left to play, they helped themselves to a second when Silmani cut in from the right and arrowed a powerful effort into the top corner, ending the Reds' hopes of progress in the competition.

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Live commentary: Listen in as the Reds face Leicester

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 21:35
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Klopp on eight changes, Coutinho fitness and Oxlade-Chamberlain role

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 20:54
Jürgen Klopp discussed his eight changes to the team, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's position and the fitness of Philippe Coutinho before Liverpool's Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City.
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