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Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City: 5 Talking Points | Premier League 2018-19

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3.11K   //    31 Jan 2019, 12:18 IST

Harry Maguire was excellent as Leicester fought hard for a well-earned point at Anfield
Harry Maguire was excellent as Leicester fought hard for a well-earned point at Anfield

Liverpool missed the opportunity to extend their lead over defending champions Manchester City to seven points, after being held to a 1-1 draw against an inconsistent Leicester side at Anfield. 

Goals from Sadio Mane and Harry Maguire meant the spoils were shared between the sides, although Jurgen Klopp's men have been left to rue squandered opportunities during a frenetic affair.

Roberto Firmino forced Kasper Schmeichel into two important saves either side of half-time, goalscorer Mane spurned a free header and Naby Keita saw his penalty appeal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson. 

For the visitors, creative midfielder James Maddison missed two golden chances to score while their aerial dominance proved too much for Liverpool to handle. Alisson made a few mistakes in possession while the Foxes worked hard for a point, but could've easily snatched all three themselves. 

City, who were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Newcastle on Tuesday night, know another loss has only added pressure on their shoulders, in an exciting title race this campaign. With all of that in mind, here's a look at five talking points.


#5 Jordan Henderson's standout display at right-back

Henderson was solid - both defensively and in attack - in an unfamiliar role at right-back against Leicester
Henderson was solid - both defensively and in attack - in an unfamiliar role at right-back against Leicester

Given the Reds' current injury problems at right-back, Jordan Henderson was deployed in an unorthodox role at right-back. The club captain, 28, was prepared to step in and performed admirably during a tough test - up against Demarai Gray down the flanks. 

Early on, he was fortunate not to have given away a free-kick just outside the box for a cynical tug on Maddison. After all, Leicester's goal came directly from one after left-back Andrew Robertson needlessly gave away an inswinging free-kick - from which Maguire applied the finishing touch. 

Other than that though, Henderson was solid. Providing a creative outlet with lung-bursting runs into the final third, he was eager to have possession and also defended competently. His five aerial duels won was only bettered by one player across the two sides, while he completed three tackles and clearances.

For a player who was seemingly out-of-favor before Christmas, Henderson has performed well in recent weeks and his performance here justified Klopp's continued faith to play him. He has now started and completed a full 90 in four consecutive league games, compared to just five in 20 fixtures before 2019.

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