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Liverpool 2, Leicester City 1: First Thoughts

This is Mo Salah’s world, we just live in it. A Salah second-half brace seals Liverpool’s victory.

Liverpool v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool 2 Salah 50’, 76’ Leicester City 1 Vardy 3’

  • PRE-MATCH: Biggest team news is VVD in the crowd to watch here. Oh, and Karius starting over Mignolet, I guess.
  • goal - Vardy - 3’ - Was there any doubt that this would happen to the defense with VVD watching? Liverpool have 87 minutes to figure themselves out. Gotta say, this Matip/Lovren partnership isn’t my favorite.
  • Oh my, Liverpool is starting to attack in the minutes following the goal. I thought Salah had scored but went just wide.
  • Salah again, in on goal, but Maguire puts in a great sliding challenge to deny him. Mo looks up for it at least. Hopefully he’ll put one (or more!) of these away soon.
  • Mane has a goal disallowed for being offside. And like, super offside.
  • We’ve started with these long distance attempts, which I have no time for unless it’s Coutinho, and even then only under very specific circumstances.
  • HALFTIME: Liverpool seem to be doing that thing where they attack, attack, attack but nothing lands in the back of the net. Hopefully the next half will be better.
  • The second half kicks off with more Liverpool dominance leading to nothing.
  • GOAL!! - Salah 50’ - As soon as I say that, Liverpool finally make one of these chances count. A sexy backheel from Sadio Mané finds Mohamed Salah, who takes some wriggling, but eventually gets it on his left foot to score.
  • Second lovely Mané goal called offside, again rightly. Dude can’t catch a break today.
  • Mané has another goal disallowed, and Leicester City find themselves in a good spell. Thankfully they haven’t capitalized.
  • GOAL!!! Salah 76’ - Salah out-muscles and out-manuevers Harry Maguire, who has been a thorn in the Reds’ sides all day, to give Liverpool the lead and bag himself a brace.
  • All Liverpool goals should involve back heels.
  • I will never trust a one goal lead with this team, no matter how one-sided the match has been. Never.
  • FINAL: They pull it off! Liverpool leave 2017 on a high. See you all on the other side.

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