Match Review: Liverpool 2 – 1 Leicester City

Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi
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Liverpool beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League Asia Trophy final despite going behind just 11 minutes in courtesy of an Islam Slimani goal.

It’s safe to say that Philippe Coutinho bossed the first half, with his passing, dribbling and shooting proving too much for Leicester City’s defence.

Leicester might have taken the lead early on after some very slack defending from the Reds, but some screaming from the sidelines from Jürgen Klopp jolted Liverpool into action.

Just nine minutes later Mohamed Salah equalised with a headed goal after Philippe Coutinho found him with a delicious dinked pass over the top of the Leicester defence.

Liverpool continued to dominate the first half with Coutinho pulling the strings. The Brazilian was rewarded for his efforts with a goal just before the stroke of half time as Firmino’s run opened up the Leicester defence and Coutinho used the extra space to fire a shot into the top right corner.

The second half of the game saw Liverpool be just as dominant as in the first as Jürgen Klopp brought on a whole host of subs.

Although both of Liverpool’s goals came in the first half, the changes Klopp made after the interval ensure that the Reds remained fresh and with captain Jordan Henderson coming on, the ball was zipped around the park with accuracy and urgency.

Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace sees the Reds win the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy and Klopp’s side will now return to England briefly before the Reds jet off to Germany for the Audi Cup.

Sadio Mané, Emre Can and new signing Andy Robertson will all be part of the squad that heads to Germany.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


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