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Jurgen Klopp sends Premier League title warning to Liverpool after Leicester defeat

Liverpool remain six points behind Manchester City after losing to Leicester (Author: Gardener)

Jurgen KloppBoss Jürgen Klopp admits that Liverpool can forget about catching up with Manchester City if they drop their standards after a devastating 1-0 defeat at Leicester. The Ademola Lookman winner stunned the second-placed Reds and kept them six points behind City in the title race. Kasper Schmeichel saved Mohamed Salah's penalty in the first half and Sadio Mane missed a golden chance after the break when the guests suffered their second defeat of the season. They have ended a streak of 10 games without losing and they could be 12 points behind City if they play third-placed Chelsea on Sunday. Klopp said: “In addition, we and Chelsea play against each other. It wasn't our plan to give City a chance to run away. If we play like we did tonight, we can't think of catching up with City. “If we can play our football and win games, we can see how many points we can get and what that means. I don't have a proper explanation for tonight - it's my main concern, not City. “We forced it a little too early instead of going through the extra pass. We tried to change that at half time but for some reason it didn't click. “When they scored the goal, it was clear that we were under pressure, we pushed them, but we didn't take the chances. They earned the three points. ”Leicester responded to the 6-3 defeat at Manchester City with a resilient and determined performance, despite a makeshift line-up with midfielders Daniel Amartey and Wilfred Ndidi, both in central defense out of position played to get only their third pass of the season. Schmeichel equalized in the first half when he parried Salah's penalty in the 16th minute after the Ndidi striker stumbled. Liverpool kept pushing after the break and Mane should have scored the goal but was overwhelmed as Iota pushed it through. It proved expensive when substitute Lookman grabbed the points in the 59th minute, just 178 seconds after replacing Hamza Choudhury as he jumped past Joel Matip to drill Alisson Becker into the near post. Liverpool did not find a sufficiently good answer and Jota headed wide and Virgil Van Dijk was blocked by Schmeichel late. Rodgers said, “As part of the game, the players performed heroically on Sunday. When you think of recovery time, the players were amazing how they handled it. “We had to be resilient and tough and sometimes defend for your life, but also show good football moments. “If you look at the weekend, despite 6: 3, there were two penalties and two set pieces. We failed us with the set pieces, so we had to break the cycle.

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Jürgen Klopp knows how damaging Liverpool's defeat at Leicester could be

The title-seeking Reds could be 12 points behind Manchester City if they play again on Tuesday night after an uncharacteristic performance and an uncharacteristic result (Author: Gardener)

Jürgen KloppThe disappointment that overshadowed Jürgen Klopp's words highlighted the severity of the loss defeat in Leicester that Liverpool's aspirations for the title have inflicted. It was only their second loss in 29 league games, but contrary to Manchester City's form and history of their relentlessness at the summit, the feeling was in the air that the game was over. By the time Liverpool play again, they could be 12 points behind Pep Guardiola's machine - and worse, their next opponents are other title contenders. “Chelsea and we are playing against each other, so of course we can't both get the points. I know, I'm sorry, "said Klopp. But if we play like this, we don't have to think about catching up with City. I don't have a real explanation for the performance, but finding that explanation is my main concern and not falling behind Manchester City at this moment. ”Used to stories about his team thriving in adversity, Klopp had to face Leicester's efforts despite their efforts, praise injury crisis and defensive problems this season. "We just weren't ourselves," said Klopp. I didn't like the intensity 100 percent at the beginning either, but sometimes you have such beginnings. “In the end, I said to everyone responsible for Leicester's performance: well deserved. The story is actually nice - one of the guys who kept saying we shouldn't play on the 26th and 28th only plays on the 28th and loses to the team that plays on the 26th and 28th. "So I really think they deserved the three points in a really weird game on our part." The nine-day break between league games didn't refresh his team, it seemed to erase their entire flow. Those who accuse Klopp of preaching on the welfare of the players in order to give Liverpool an advantage did not quite follow the facts. Perhaps that knowledge fueled Klopp's stance that the Games should take place as much as possible during this Covid-marked time, with Liverpool never requesting a postponement, even if the foundations of their spine - Van Dijk and Fabinho - tested positive and Thiago shortly afterwards followed. Part of his deliberations definitely focused on not having the pressure to overtake City due to postponed games, as well as maximizing Salah and Sadio Mane's availability ahead of the African Cup of Nations. The theory and the application contradict each other with the fact that Liverpool ends up exactly where it seriously didn't want to be: having to stretch your neck to keep an eye on City. Liverpool's stumble in the 2-2 draw at Tottenham and the away defeat to Leicester are one of those points that you come to as you analyze what went wrong. But further back, the two point loss to Brighton on Anfield Road and the loss to West Ham in late October and late November, there was room for further slip-ups. Liverpool have to be near perfect to operate in City's sphere and they were so far from that on Tuesday night. "If we had won 2-1, which of course was possible, I wouldn't have liked the game anyway," admitted Klopp. “You can say things like 'the dirty games are very important' and that's all true, but I honestly didn't like much about our football game here. "It's not cool, we don't do it that way, so we have to get better and we have a few days to go over it, think it through, improve it and go again." The problem for Liverpool is that, by then, City could be sitting quite a distance, with no pressure and confident of their ability to turn a lead into a foregone conclusion.

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"We have to learn and we will"

"Tonight it's 'wow', but very different," said Jürgen Klopp after Liverpool's defeat to Leicester clouded his hopes for the title race (Author: Gardener)

TonightWhen Jürgen Klopp was asked by BBC Sport whether fate had conspired against his Liverpool team in the 1-0 defeat against Leicester on Tuesday, it would have been easy for him to simply answer with "yes". But there was none of that from the German when he faced the reality that Liverpool now have six points and Premier League leaders are Man City. “It's a nice prospect - but I didn't like our performance,” said Klopp. “So often these guys give me the chance to say 'Wow', what a game. Tonight it's 'wow' but the other way around. This was Liverpool's first league game without goals in 29 games and with Masters City and Chelsea in action on Wednesday, the Reds could finish in 2021 nine points behind the leaders and in third place. How big could this defeat be? Liverpool's next game is on Sunday at Chelsea. "It's a big deficit," added Klopp, Chelsea and we are playing against each other. It wasn't our plan to give City a chance to run away. If we play like we did tonight, we can't think of catching up with City. "If we can play our football and win games, we can see how many points we can get and what that means." I don't have a proper explanation for tonight - it's my main concern, not City. “It didn't look like us, and of course that's the only thing we need to think about and change immediately. Reds defender Virgil van Dijk told Amazon Prime: “Everyone needs to look in the mirror and improve. There's no point in looking at [Manchester] City or Chelsea or the other teams around us. We should look at our performance today and improve. "Former Reds midfielder Don Hutchison watched the game on BBC Radio 5 Live and said it was" too big a call to say they're out of Title races are ". He added," Are? Will Man City win every game? No. But it puts a lot of pressure on Liverpool. "You missed so many chances, Jürgen Klopp will be lost. It's a blow for Klopp." But former Irish striker Clinton Morrison said: "It's a great result. I think Man City can complete this title from here. The way Man City play is ridiculous, I don't see them a game lose." The Reds also struggle with missing two of their first elections, with Salah and Sadio Mane - as well as midfielder Naby Keita - heading to the Africa Cup of Nations after Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge. Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid said: "There will be a lot of dependency on Roberto Firmino. One or two will have to come on the record - Liverpool will definitely need them." They hope Liverpool don't worry too much about the title race - and give them too much to reclaim. "* Our coverage of Liverpool is bigger and better than ever - here is everything you need to know to avoid one Miss the moment * All Liverpool - jump straight to the best content

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Football Insider reveals the English Premier League selection for December 28th

Brandt Sutton has set his Premier League picks and best bets for Leicester City vs. Liverpool (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueLeicester City host Liverpool in an English Premier League showdown on Tuesday afternoon. Liverpool start Tuesday's game second in the EPL with 41 points, while Leicester is 10th (22 points). Caesars Sportsbook lists Liverpool as a -390 favorite (risking $ 390 to win $ 100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Leicester City vs. Leicester City picks or makes English Premier League predictions, you have to see what seasoned football insider Brandt Sutton has to say. Sutton, a retired college soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has been closely following football for much longer, taking into account leadership tactics, planned lineups and past performances to make the best decisions, and keeping his finger on the pulse of the game around the world. Sutton has also made his best bets in the past few weeks, bringing back 12-4 and nearly $ 750 for $ 100 bettors who followed his football tips. The game of Leicester City from every angle and its tips and predictions for the Premier League. Here are the betting lines and trends for Leicester City vs. * LC: Leicester City has scored 10 goals in the last three games across all competitions * LIV: Liverpool have won seven of their last nine games against Leicester Mohamed Salah leads the league by goals at (15) and helps (9). Striker Diogo Jota is second in the league with 10 goals, while Sadio Mane has seven goals and 19 shots on goal. Liverpool have scored 50 goals in 18 Premier League games this season and are tied for the table. The Reds have only received 15 times this season, the fourth-best mark in the Premier League. Also, Liverpool have dominated Leicester City for the past few years, winning seven of their last nine games against the Foxes. Leicester City's offense has been blazing hot for the past few weeks, scoring two or more goals in each of their last four games in all competitions. The Foxes have scored 12 goals in their last four games, including a three-goal breakout against Manchester City on Sunday. James Maddison opened the goal for the Foxes in the defeat on Sunday and goes into the duel on Tuesday, the seventh-best mark in the EPL, with 17 shots on goal in the league game. In addition, Leicester City secured a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the last meeting of the two at King Power Stadium. Sutton has analyzed Liverpool against Leicester City from all possible angles and bends over the goal total. He's also made his two confident best bets and has a full breakdown of that English Premier League showdown. He only shares his EPL picks on SportsLine. Leicester City? Head over to SportsLine now to see the best bets on Leicester City vs. Liverpool, all from the football insider who runs a brilliant 12-4 run on his best bets and find out.

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Liverpool lose for the second time in the EPL, a blow to their hopes for the title

Defeat for Liverpool is about as rare as Mohamed Salah's penalty shoot-out. (Author: Gardener)

EPLLiverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts after missing a penalty kick during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday December 28, 2021. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saves a penalty kick in front of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday 28 December 2021. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday 28th December 2021. Leicester's Ademola Lookman, left, celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday 28th December 2021. Tottenham Hotspurs Harry Kane applauds the fans after r the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Tuesday 28th December. December 2021. Tottenham Hotspur Manager Antonio Conte reacts during the footb English Premier League all-game between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Tuesday 28 December 2021. Defeats for Liverpool are about as rare as penalties for Mohamed Salah. Both happened on Tuesday and could cost Jürgen Klopp's team the Premier League title in the middle of the season. Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by a patched Leicester team and could fall nine points behind Manchester City into the new year if the leaders win at Brentford on Wednesday. It's a buffer that could prove insurmountable as City have a nine-game winning streak in the league and looking unstoppable, having scored 17 goals in their last three wins. Liverpool will soon have to do without its two star strikers Salah and Sadio Mane, who are traveling to the African Cup of Nations next week. They were given permission to postpone joining their national teams before the tournament so they could play for Liverpool over the holidays, but they couldn't make a difference at King Power Stadium. Salah won a penalty, but was able to parry his weak shot in the 16th minute by Kasper Schmeichel and was unable to implement a penalty for the first time in 16 attempts. Liverpool eventually collapsed on only their second loss of all competitions this season when substitute Ademola Lookman found space between Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk and shot into the near post in the 59th minute. Liverpool are level with Chelsea at 41 points and both are six points behind City. All three teams have played 19 games, with City and Chelsea - at home against Brighton - playing on Wednesday. After 10-man Southampton was denied victory after ruling out two goals in the second half, Tottenham coach Antonio Conte remained philosophical. "They are there to do their best," said Conte of the match officials after the 1-1 draw at St. Mary's. Still, Conte said he felt Harry Kane's 53rd-minute goal that would have brought Tottenham 2-1 up front and should have got up instead of being chafed away as the English captain's arm put him offside when he was played through. Then, 14 minutes later, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster came to catch the ball under pressure from Tottenham substitute Matt Doherty and let it fall on his own heel. The ball bounced back into the net, but the referee blew for a foul by Doherty, although the contact seemed minimal. James Ward-Prowse's opening game in the 25 penalty kick in the 41st minute after Son Heung-min was tripped by Mohammed Salisu. Southampton was pinned back in the second half but held on for one point which led to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl who said, "The brave boys will be rewarded." Norwich finished bottom of the league in 2021 and are confident after five straight defeats. Most recently, Crystal Palace scored all of its goals in a 3-0 win in the first half. Norwich have lost 13 of their 19 games and are three points behind after playing more games than most of their relegation rivals. Watford currently occupies the position just above the relegation zone, losing 4-1 to West Ham when it came back into action after a 16-day hiatus due to coronavirus cases. Tomas Soucek, Said Benrahma, Mark Noble and Nikola Vlasic scored for West Ham after Emmanuel gave Dennis Watford the lead in the fourth minute. Watford's last three games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Burnley and Palace games were canceled because Watford had coronavirus cases, while Sunday's game in Wolverhampton was postponed following an outbreak at Wolves. The 20th round was reduced to seven games when the game between Everton and Newcastle was postponed on Tuesday due to a buildup of COVID-19 cases and injuries in the Newcastle squad. The Arsenal-Wolves and Leeds-Aston Villa games, due to be played on Tuesday, had previously been canceled. The number of Premier League games canceled due to coronavirus issues is 16 games in just under three weeks.

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Leicester City 1-0 Liverpool

After missing Boxing Day action due to a string of positive COVID-19 cases on the Leeds United roster, Liverpool finally made their return to the Premier League tonight, facing last week's League Cup opponents Leicester City. (Author: Gardener)

Leicester CityAfter missing Boxing Day action due to a string of positive COVID-19 cases on the Leeds United roster, Liverpool finally made their return to the Premier League tonight, facing last week's League Cup opponents Leicester City. Speaking of the Carabao Cup game: Liverpool have a very different team today than the one that drew 3: 3 against the Foxes last week, with nine changes in the starting line-up. Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho Tavares returned to the starting XI after recovering from COVID-19, Curtis Jones also returned to the bench after a long period on the sidelines. Thiago Alcantara also tested negative for the virus but missed tonight along with Takumi Minamino due to minor fitness issues. Liverpool made their classic dominant start again, with a chance to take the lead early after Mohamed Salah won a pen. However, by a turn of fortune, Salah missed the penalty, even missed the replacement, and that was just the beginning of a long night of missed opportunities. Chance after chance followed but it looked like Liverpool forgot how to play in the final third and Leicester slowly grew into the game. Liverpool also got off to a strong start in the second half, but the luck in front of Kasper Schmeichel's net continued. Leicester was not wasteful, however, and soon seized one of their rare opportunities when Lookman shot Leicester the lead. Liverpool just didn't feel like scoring as the attack had an embarrassing time. No goal was scored and Liverpool lost for the second time this season. It was the first time in a game this season that Liverpool haven't scored in a game. Not much was asked of him tonight, except for the moment in front of the gate in Leicester, which he should have done better for. A very good game, one of the better Liverpoolers tonight and a constant source of good opportunities. Liverpool saved so many times (except for the Leicester goal where, like Alisson, he could have done more to prevent it) and his dribbles into the box was one of the few good Liverpool things in the game. Was calm and collected and did his job tonight. He was immense especially in the first half when faced with those Leicester counterattacks. Not a really bad game, he was decent but his flanks were off and he defended carelessly a few times. One of his worst games ever in a red shirt. He did more things wrong than right tonight, no guaranteed start at Chelsea but he'll likely get it. Jota screwed up every attack he was involved in and his decision-making within the box was also below par. Back-to-back bad performances from Salah are rare, but here we are. His counterattacks were also terrible. He probably deserved to start this game, but he didn't. However, he also wants to be very influential when he comes into office, a contrast to the way he dominated Leicester midfield last week.

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"We have to learn and we will"

"Tonight it's 'wow', but very different," said Jürgen Klopp after Liverpool's defeat to Leicester clouded his hopes for the title race (Author: Gardener)

TonightWhen Jürgen Klopp was asked by BBC Sport whether fate had conspired against his Liverpool team in the 1-0 defeat against Leicester on Tuesday, it would have been easy for him to simply answer with "yes". But there was none of that from the German when he faced the reality that Liverpool now have six points and Premier League leaders are Man City. “It's a nice prospect - but I didn't like our performance,” said Klopp. “So often these guys give me the chance to say 'Wow', what a game. Tonight it's 'wow' but the other way around. This was Liverpool's first league game without goals in 29 games and with Masters City and Chelsea in action on Wednesday, the Reds could finish in 2021 nine points behind the leaders and in third place. How big could this defeat be? Liverpool's next game is on Sunday at Chelsea. "It's a big deficit," added Klopp, Chelsea and we are playing against each other. It wasn't our plan to give City a chance to run away. If we play like we did tonight, we can't think of catching up with City. "If we can play our football and win games, we can see how many points we can get and what that means." I don't have a proper explanation for tonight - it's my main concern, not City. “It didn't look like us, and of course that's the only thing we need to think about and change immediately. Reds defender Virgil van Dijk told Amazon Prime: “Everyone needs to look in the mirror and improve. There's no point in looking at [Manchester] City or Chelsea or the other teams around us. We should look at our performance today and improve. "Former Reds midfielder Don Hutchison watched the game on BBC Radio 5 Live and said it was" too big a call to say they're out of Title races are ". He added," Are? Will Man City win every game? No. But it puts a lot of pressure on Liverpool. "You missed so many chances, Jürgen Klopp will be lost. It's a blow for Klopp." But former Irish striker Clinton Morrison said: "It's a great result. I think Man City can complete this title from here. The way Man City play is ridiculous, I don't see them a game lose." The Reds also struggle with missing two of their first elections, with Salah and Sadio Mane - as well as midfielder Naby Keita - heading to the Africa Cup of Nations after Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge. Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid said: "There will be a lot of dependency on Roberto Firmino. One or two will have to come on the record - Liverpool will definitely need them." They hope Liverpool don't worry too much about the title race - and give them too much to reclaim. "* Our coverage of Liverpool is bigger and better than ever - here is everything you need to know to avoid one Miss the moment * All Liverpool - jump straight to the best content

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Salah, Mane left Liverpool 4/10 games

Mohamed Salah had saved a penalty while Sadio Mane made questionable decisions during Liverpool's 1-0 loss at Leicester on Tuesday. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolThe ESPN FC side react to Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Leicester City and discuss the team's poor performance in the final period. The ESPN FC side react to Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Leicester City and discuss the team's poor performance in the final period. Liverpool licked their wounds and wondered what could have been Tuesday when they lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp's men were all over the top of Brenden Rodgers' tenacious foxes for a long time of the game, but after a string of misses it always felt like the hosts were never really out. Ultimately, a stunning run and finish from Ademola Lookman put the Reds to victory and gave Manchester City a big boost in the title race. The forward pressure was so complete and relentless that Leicester had to pull every rabbit out of its hat just to stay alive. The petrol tank of Liverpool's core players is visible to everyone, especially with their passing movements, and lets their opponents guess as the back four are particularly alert and astute for most of the evening. Liverpool were unable to suppress Leicester on the flanks and that was especially evident when the hosts came in with clean double passes. Any balls over the top were also a real problem and counterattacks were constantly being used against them to put pressure on Leicester - which was especially the case after half-time. 6 - Always animated Klopp could easily be criticized for not returning to Plan B when Leicester took the lead, but in reality he chose a solid starting XI given his opportunities and they largely controlled the game. GK Alisson, 6 - With nothing to do for most of the game, Alisson couldn't stop Lookman's hitting power from bypassing him at the near post. DF Joel Matip, 5 - Showed poor focus at the start, which was a shame when you consider how well he has grown into the game with his precision and decision-making. DF Virgil van Dijk, 6 - 95% of the attacks that came his way eliminated in another presentation that shows why he is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League. DF Kostas Tsimikas, 6 - Must be careful not to lose his grade but overall this was a really nice performance on both ends of the pitch. MF Jordan Henderson, 5 - Confident about the future, played a role in winning the penalty and fired numerous shots over the crossbar on an uneven night. MF Fabinho, 5 - While he was able to sweep loose balls well and save his energy, Fabinho could not keep up with Leicester's pace in the second half. MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 5 - Wasn't offered as an option too often, but produced some nice crosses that deserved a better end product. FW Diogo Jota, 6 - Has survived Leicester well, always hungry to get the ball back and given Liverpool some real attacking opportunities. FW Sadio Mane, 4 - Consistently questionable passing and finishing came to an end when he missed a golden opportunity in the 55th minute. MF James Milner, 5 - Got caught in possession frequently and his introduction can be considered one of the more confusing decisions made by Klopp at King Power. FW Roberto Firmino, N / R - Didn't make great contributions, which further highlights the weaknesses he has when he comes off the bank.

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Salah, Mane left Liverpool 4/10 games

Mohamed Salah had saved a penalty while Sadio Mane made questionable decisions during Liverpool's 1-0 loss at Leicester on Tuesday. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolThe ESPN FC side react to Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Leicester City and discuss the team's poor performance in the final period. The ESPN FC side react to Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Leicester City and discuss the team's poor performance in the final period. Liverpool licked their wounds and wondered what could have been Tuesday when they lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp's men were all over the top of Brenden Rodgers' tenacious foxes for a long time of the game, but after a string of misses it always felt like the hosts were never really out. Ultimately, a stunning run and finish from Ademola Lookman put the Reds to victory and gave Manchester City a big boost in the title race. The forward pressure was so complete and relentless that Leicester had to pull every rabbit out of its hat just to stay alive. The petrol tank of Liverpool's core players is visible to everyone, especially with their passing movements, and lets their opponents guess as the back four are particularly alert and astute for most of the evening. Liverpool were unable to suppress Leicester on the flanks and that was especially evident when the hosts came in with clean double passes. Any balls over the top were also a real problem and counterattacks were constantly being used against them to put pressure on Leicester - which was especially the case after half-time. 6 - Always animated Klopp could easily be criticized for not returning to Plan B when Leicester took the lead, but in reality he chose a solid starting XI given his opportunities and they largely controlled the game. GK Alisson, 6 - With nothing to do for most of the game, Alisson couldn't stop Lookman's hitting power from bypassing him at the near post. DF Joel Matip, 5 - Showed poor focus at the start, which was a shame when you consider how well he has grown into the game with his precision and decision-making. DF Virgil van Dijk, 6 - 95% of the attacks that came his way eliminated in another presentation that shows why he is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League. DF Kostas Tsimikas, 6 - Must be careful not to lose his grade but overall this was a really nice performance on both ends of the pitch. MF Jordan Henderson, 5 - Confident about the future, played a role in winning the penalty and fired numerous shots over the crossbar on an uneven night. MF Fabinho, 5 - While he was able to sweep loose balls well and save his energy, Fabinho could not keep up with Leicester's pace in the second half. MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 5 - Wasn't offered as an option too often, but produced some nice crosses that deserved a better end product. FW Diogo Jota, 6 - Has survived Leicester well, always hungry to get the ball back and given Liverpool some real attacking opportunities. FW Sadio Mane, 4 - Consistently questionable passing and finishing came to an end when he missed a golden opportunity in the 55th minute. MF James Milner, 5 - Got caught in possession frequently and his introduction can be considered one of the more confusing decisions made by Klopp at King Power. FW Roberto Firmino, N / R - Didn't make great contributions, which further highlights the weaknesses he has when he comes off the bank.

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Liverpool lose for the second time in the EPL, a blow to their hopes for the title

Defeat for Liverpool is about as rare as Mohamed Salah's penalty shoot-out. Both happened on Tuesday and could cost Jürgen Klopp's team the Premier League title in the middle of the season. (Author: Gardener)

EPLDefeat for Liverpool is about as rare as Mohamed Salah's penalty shoot-out. Both happened on Tuesday and could cost Jürgen Klopp's team the Premier League title as early as half of the season. Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by a patched Leicester team and could fall nine points behind Manchester City into the new year if the leaders win at Brentford on Wednesday. It's a cushion that could prove insurmountable as City have a nine-game streak in the league and looks unstoppable, with 17 goals in their last three wins. Liverpool will soon have to do without its two star strikers Salah and Sadio Mane, who are traveling to the African Cup of Nations next week. They were given permission to postpone joining their national teams before the tournament so they could play for Liverpool over the holidays, but they couldn't make a difference at King Power Stadium. Salah won a penalty, but was able to parry his weak shot in the 16th minute by Kasper Schmeichel and was unable to implement a penalty for the first time in 16 attempts. Liverpool eventually collapsed on only their second loss of all competitions this season when substitute Ademola Lookman found space between Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk and shot into the near post in the 59th minute. Liverpool are level with Chelsea at 41 points and both are six points behind City. All three teams have played 19 games, with City and Chelsea - at home against Brighton - playing on Wednesday. After 10-man Southampton was denied victory after ruling out two goals in the second half, Tottenham coach Antonio Conte remained philosophical. "They are there to do their best," said Conte of the match officials after the 1-1 draw at St. Mary's. However, Conte said he felt Harry Kane's goal in the 53rd minute that would have put Tottenham 2-1 ahead should have stood instead of being washed off because the English captain's arm left him offside, when it was played through. Then, 14 minutes later, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster came to catch the ball under pressure from Tottenham substitute Matt Doherty and let it fall on his own heel. James Ward-Prowse's 25th-minute opening game for Southampton was made up by Kane, who converted a 41st-minute penalty after Son Heung-min was tripped by Mohammed Salisu. Southampton was pinned back in the second half but held on for one point, which led to coach Ralph Hasenhüttl saying: "The brave boys will be rewarded." Most recently, Crystal Palace scored all of its goals in a 3-0 win in the first half. Norwich have lost 13 of their 19 games and are three points behind after playing more games than most of their relegation rivals. Watford currently occupies the position just above the relegation zone, losing 4-1 to West Ham when it came back into action after a 16-day hiatus due to coronavirus cases. Tomas Soucek, Said Benrahma, Mark Noble and Nikola Vlasic scored for West Ham after Emmanuel gave Dennis Watford the lead in the fourth minute. Watford's last three games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Burnley and Palace games were canceled because Watford had coronavirus cases, while Sunday's game in Wolverhampton was postponed following an outbreak at Wolves. The 20th round was reduced to seven games when the game between Everton and Newcastle was postponed on Tuesday due to a buildup of COVID-19 cases and injuries in the Newcastle squad. The Arsenal-Wolves and Leeds-Aston Villa games, due to be played on Tuesday, had previously been canceled. The number of Premier League games canceled due to coronavirus issues is 16 games in just under three weeks.

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