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Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1: First Thoughts

The Reds come up short in a must-win match, dealing a critical blow to their Top 4 hopes

Leicester City v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Leicester City 3 Vardy 28’, Drinkwater 39’, Vardy 60’

Liverpool 1 Coutinho 68’

  • Pre-match Thought: No Hendo, a weak bench, and Leicester have a chip on their shoulder. What could go wrong?
  • Pre-match Thought 2: I think with all the media hype about Ranieri’s departure it’s easy to forget that Leicester fans really, genuinely loved him. I wonder sometimes if we’ll have the same outpouring of love and grief when Klopp eventually leaves.
  • Anyway here we go!
  • lol not even a minute in and Mané’s already down. Thanks, Jamie Vardy. I hope someone sneezes on your birthday cake.
  • Seven minutes in and it’s all Leicester. Two close-calls so far. I’m fearing the worst.
  • And now at the other end Wes Morgan almost did us a big solid. Alas, not to be.
  • By the way, feel free to post Shakespeare jokes and puns in the comments. I welcome it. Honestly.
  • Oh look another close call from Leicester.
  • Everyone is slipping on this pitch. But none of them are Steven Gerrard so there won’t be any bad Chelsea songs or internet memes.
  • And there’s Leicester’s opening goal. Vardy sprung loose and wins his one-on-one duel with Migs. Can’t say I’m surprised.
  • And here’s Drinkwater with a thundering strike from well outside the box for number two. Holy moly.
  • Meanwhile Liverpool are trying to get back into it but can’t seem to figure out how to untangle Leicester’s defensive line or pass through traffic or set up a shot on goal. We’re winning corners which end up not leading anywhere. Doesn’t bode well.
  • Migs just tried to take a goalkick and slipped and fell on his butt, in case you’re wondering how the first half went.
  • Halftime Thought: Liverpool really aren’t on their A-game today. Leicester have a two-goal lead at home and are likely to throw 10 men behind the ball for the second half. We could probably just start the grieving process now, honestly.
  • Alright, well, here we go. Liverpool kicking off.
  • As Jordan pointed out, some sexy innuendo from Arlo White on the US broadcast (“He sent them out like naughty boys a little earlier...."). I’m here for it, to be honest.
  • Leicester fans singing the Slippy G song when everyone is falling over themselves on this pitch has got me feeling some kind of way.
  • And here’s Migs out in no man’s land. Got away with it but... yikes.
  • God we are so sluggish today. What the heck.
  • Slow Liverpool. Feet-Dragging Liverpool. Too-Clever-By-Half Liverpool.
  • Oh look here’s Number 3. Vardy heading in from a cross. That’s probably that, then.
  • Origi and Moreno are coming on. Oof.
  • Lallana just did a pretty thing so that’s nice.
  • Oh hey we scored! Coutinho with his first goal in forever. Probably not enough but I’ll take it.
  • Origi pulled down in the box, Michael Oliver couldn’t care less. Thanks buddy.
  • Anyway we’re in stoppage time now and we’re not coming back from this. Not really sure where we go from here. Bleh.
  • Final Whistle Thought: We cannot escape ourselves.

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