Leicester 2 – Liverpool 3
Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Leicester on Saturday has widely been described as a “great advert for the Premier League”.
And, also from a Liverpool perspective a “roller coaster ride”.
Liverpool stayed firmly in the mix for a top four place after an inconsistent start to the new campaign, thanks to their win at Leicester.
It came just days after Liverpool were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Philippe Coutinho stars for Liverpool
In the first half, we were once again reminded of just how brilliant Philippe Coutinho can be for Liverpool.
And, just why Liverpool dug their heels in to prevent Coutinho joining Barcelona in the summer.
Coutinho set up the opener for Mohamed Salah on 15 minutes.
Eight minutes later the Brazilian curled home a glorious free-kick for 2-0.
Simon Mignolet at fault for Liverpool…
Then came some defending that will be familiar for those who watch Liverpool on a regular basis.
Leicester pulled one back in first half injury time as neither Simon Mignolet or the Liverpool defence covered themselves in glory. Shinji Okazaki grabbed this goal.
Midway through the second half Jordan Henderson made it 3-1 off the back of a lightning Liverpool break away.
Then came another weak punch out, straight to Jamie Vardy for 3-2 a minute later…
Simon Mignolet summed up…
A further four minutes later and it looked like Leicester would bag a crucial point and prevent what would be a crucial Liverpool win.
Jamie Vardy ran through, the Leicester striker was impeded by Simon Mignolet, who gave away a penalty.
It was far from a clear spot kick but it made no difference as Simon Mignolet turned from villain to hero with a fine spot kick save.
Jamie Vardy crashed the ball down the middle, Mignolet pulled off a fine save.
“What a rollercoaster!”
After the Leicester win, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet hit Instagram: “What a rollercoaster! In the end we get what we deserve: 3 points!!”
It seems far from certain that all Liverpool fans will agree with this assessment.
But are Loris Karius and Danny Ward any better than Simon Mignolet?!
Simon Mignolet is more often than not Liverpool's saviour!
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 23, 2017