Ademola Lookman strikes to earn Leicester City all points against Liverpool

Nigerian-born forward, Ademola Lookman, came from the bench to earn Leicester City a hard-fought 1-0 victory against title-chasers Liverpool, on Tuesday.

The defeat is Liverpool’s second English Premier League (EPL) of the season.

Liverpool dominated the first half against an injury-hit Leicester City and looked set to take a deserved lead.

This was when they were awarded a 16th-minute penalty kick, only for Egyptian Mohamed Salah to see his kick saved by home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The chances kept coming for the visitors, with Sadio Mane blazing over when he should have scored early in the second half.

Liverpool’s profligacy proved costly as Lookman fired Leicester City in front just before the hour mark, sparking scenes of euphoria at the King Power Stadium.

It was backs to the wall for Leicester City after that, but they dug in to secure a win.

The result left second-placed Liverpool six points adrift of leaders Manchester City, as Foxes’ coach Brendan Rodgers got one over the side he used to manage.

After conceding six at Manchester City on Boxing Day, Leicester’s morale-boosting win moved them up to ninth in the standings.

‘Liverpool should forget title’

Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted on Tuesday that Liverpool should forget about catching Manchester City if they drop their standards after the damaging 1-0 defeat at Leicester City.

Klopp said: “To top that, Chelsea and us play against each other. It was not our plan to give Manchester City the chance to run away. If we play like tonight, we cannot think about catching up with Manchester City.

“If we play our football and we can win games, we can see how many points we can get and what that means.

“I don’t have a proper explanation for tonight – to find it is my main concern, not Manchester City.

“We were not ourselves. We started OK, I didn’t like the intensity even in the beginning but it was the start. Then we lost the rhythm and never found it again.

“We forced it a little bit too early, instead of passing 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 we were under pressure, we were pushing them but didn’t use the chances. They deserved the three points.” (Reuters/NAN)

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