Player Ratings: Leicester City 2–3 Liverpool

Player Ratings

Leicester City

Kasper Schmeichel – 6

Arguably could have done more to stop Salah’s headed goal but was left helpless by Coutinho’s free-kick.

Danny Simpson – 6

Struggled against Liverpool’s attack-heavy left-side but stuck to his task and even got forward himself at times to provide attacking assistance to Vardy.

Wes Morgan – 6

Faced a more difficult attack than on Tuesday and looked cumbersome on occasion but did stand firm to Liverpool’s constant attacks.

Harry Maguire – 7

He again impressed with his resolute defending and was a threat to Liverpool’s defence at set-pieces but did give the ball away for Henderson’s goal.

Ben Chilwell – 5

Was happier when he was attacking rather than defending – found it relatively easy to attack against Gomez but stopping Salah was more of an issue.

Andy King – 6

An evening of toil for the central midfielder – played some nice passes towards Vardy but most of his time was spent closing down Henderson.

Marc Albrighton – 6

Was forced to help out his struggling right-back against the pace and talent of Salah thus his attacking play was limited.

Riyad Mahrez – 5

Virtually anonymous throughout – the game seemed to pass him by.

Wilfred Ndidi – 5

Wasn’t afraid of getting stuck into tackles early on but his yellow card in the first-half meant he had to rein in his challenges and was forced to find another method of limiting Coutinho’s influence

Shinji Okazaki – 7

An all-action display by the Japanese international – saw a lot of the ball and was a threat to the Liverpool defence, scored Leicester’s first goal to gave his side hope going in at half-time

Jamie Vardy – 7

Scored Leicester’s second but could not get their third from the penalty spot after being brought down by Mignolet

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 7

Was kept busy by Leicester’s attack and forced to make some good saves, however, his reluctance to catch the ball gifted Vardy Leicester’s second goal and gave away a penalty for which he was lucky to not be sent off but did manage to stop Leicester levelling by saving the spot-kick.

Joe Gomez – 6

Still underwhelms when he plays – looked nervy and was caught out of possession on occasions, most notably for Leicester’s second goal.

Joel Matip – 6

Liverpool’s most consistent centre-back was tested by Leicester’s attack, Vardy in particular.

Dejan Lovren – 5

During the opening minutes he cleared the ball out of play under no pressure and gave away possession on the edge of the area, also received a yellow card for dissent early in the second-half.

Alberto Moreno – 6

Had positive flurries of attacking runs and provided plenty of support to Coutinho on the left, however, did leave the left-side of the defence exposed at times – a consequence of his attack-minded approach to defending.

Emre Can – 7

Had a shot cannon off the post in the first-half but was guilty of a handball in the penalty area during the second-half that should have resulted in a second Leicester penalty.

Jordan Henderson – 8

Scored Liverpool’s third but did so much more – he ensured Liverpool hung on to the three points with a renewed sense of leadership that he has been lacking lately.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Another quiet game, however, did almost manage to get his first away goal for Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah – 7

Scored Liverpool’s first goal with a header from an acute angle which was a more difficult opportunity than the one he missed from five yards moments earlier.

Roberto Firmino – 6

Another player who is underwhelming at the moment – his contribution was poor and at times it felt like Liverpool were playing with a front two, not a front three; was replaced by Sturridge just after the hour-mark and the contrast was telling.

Philippe Coutinho – 7

His most impressive match so far this season – provided the assist for Salah’s goal and scored a beautiful free-kick from twenty-yards to give Liverpool a two-goal lead.

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Oliver Miller
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