Liverpool – Leicester City: Leicester trouble Liverpool with excellent defensive work and come back from early blow (1-1)
The title race in England is still partly open, as Liverpool failed to capitalize on Manchester City’s loss against Newcastle United. A very unexpected result, moreso because Sadio Mané scored as early as the second minute, putting the wind in Liverpool’s sails. But Leicester hung on and worked themselves back into the contest, allowing them to salvage a deserved draw.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
Liverpool hosted mid-table Leicester City on the 24th matchday of the season, following Manchester City’s shock loss to Newcastle the previous day. City’s slip-up gave Liverpool the opportunity to reopen a seven-point lead at the top of the table, placing crucial importance on this Premier League encounter.
Jürgen Klopp did not have a full squad to choose from, with first-choice right back Trent Alexander-Arnold failing to recover from an injury in time to play. James Milner was also unavailable due to an indirect card suspension.
Klopp still managed to select a strong eleven – especially in attack. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Xherdan Shaqiri made up the offensive quartet in Liverpool’s 4-2-3-1. Naby Keïta and Georginio Wijnaldum formed the double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. behind them, while Joël Matip and Jordan Henderson filled in at center back and right back, respectively.
Leicester manager, Claude Puel, was also missing a couple of players – most notably Daniel Amartey and Rachid Ghezzal . . .