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3 reasons why Liverpool drew against Leicester City | Premier League 2018/19

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Ricardo and Robertson battling for the ball
Ricardo and Robertson battling for the ball

Following yesterday's slip up from Manchester City against Newcastle, Liverpool had an excellent chance to extend their lead in the Premier League to seven points, but they were undone by a truly organised Leicester City side who deserved at least a point after putting in an excellent show at Anfield as both teams shared spoils in a 1-1 draw

The Reds had plenty of possession in the first few seconds of the game and made full use of it when Sadio Mane slotted the ball behind the back of the net by cutting in from the right-hand side in the third minute. Kasper Schmeichel made an excellent save from Roberto Firmino's shot and kept the Foxes in the game.

The away side slowly started to grow into the game and unsettled the Reds. Andy Robertson committed a needless foul on Marc Albrighton just moments before half-time, and once the ball was cleared, Liverpool's defence went to sleep. Virgil Van Dijk was unaware about the English centre-half Harry Maguire's presence, and the defender placed the ball to give no chance to the shot-stopper Alisson Becker.

Both sides had an equal share of possession in the second half, but neither side was able to take the lead and grab all three points. In this article, we shall look at three reasons why Liverpool drew against Leicester City.

#1 Organised Leicester frustrated Liverpool

Mane scored the first goal of the match but it was not enough to take the win
Mane scored the first goal of the match but it was not enough to take the win

Liverpool were the brighter side for the first fifteen minutes of the game when they were creating chances for fun. Senegalese International Mane put Liverpool in front. Within four minutes, Reds attacker Firmino took a neat touch and shot the ball, but the goalkeeper Schmeichel was present to stop the ball by making an extraordinary save.

Mane, who was the best player by a mile for Liverpool, had a half chance from the corner. But he could not maximise that opportunity. At the other end, the hosts were caught on the break and Marc Albrighton put in a great ball which could not be finished by James Maddison. It was a thoroughly deserved equaliser from Maguire on the stroke of half time.

The back four consisting of Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Maguire, and Ben Chilwell looked excellent and never showed sights of nervousness. They were also protected by the presence of Nampalys Mendy who had the best game by a mile.

It was a full team effort and Claude Puel will be happy to take a point from a difficult venue.

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