Leicester City v Liverpool (2019-20)
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Leicester City v Liverpool (2019-20)
EventPremier League 2019-20
DateThursday 26 December 2019
VenueKing Power Stadium, Leicester
Man of the MatchTrent Alexander-Arnold
RefereeMichael Oliver
Weather6 °C (42 °F)
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Leicester City v Liverpool was a match which took place at the King Power Stadium on Thursday 26 December 2019.

Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title race even further as they produced a masterclass to overpower nearest challengers Leicester City at The King Power Stadium to extend their lead to an imposing 13 points.

Jurgen Klopp's side started the match 10 points clear of the Foxes with a game in hand - then produced a performance of such stature and dominance it is almost impossible to see how they will not claim their first title in 30 years.

Liverpool's slender half-time lead, courtesy of Roberto Firmino's header from a magnificent Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, did not reflect their superiority - but they turned this into a powerful statement victory after the break.

Leicester were enjoying their best spell when Caglar Soyuncu handled in the 71st minute, and substitute James Milner scored from the spot with his first touch seconds after coming on.

Liverpool added the flourishes their magnificent display deserved when Alexander-Arnold set up another for Firmino, who scored with a cool finish, before the England defender got his own reward with a thumping right-foot angled finish.

The leaders have now dropped only two points from their first 18 games and, having lost only one league game last season, it would take a collapse of unthinkable proportions from an outstanding team to cast this huge advantage aside.

Liverpool have had too many near misses since their last title win in 1990 to get ahead of themselves - but how can anyone see beyond them this time?

They put together a magnificent campaign last season, with their only defeat - by reigning champions Manchester City - proving decisive. But they are in no mood to be denied this time.

From the first whistle here, despite the flashlights and pyrotechnics designed to whip up the home support and team, Liverpool were in control. They could have scored twice inside the first minute through Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.

Leicester, suffering a dip in form, were pressed out of their stride relentlessly in a performance without a flaw from Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were imperious at the back, while full-backs Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson posed a huge attacking threat while being assured at the back.

Liverpool controlled possession and were always a danger in attack. Leicester may have been in this game until the last 20 minutes, but Klopp's men always had extra gears and went through them to produce a victory of champions.

Leicester City have had their season put into perspective by successive defeats against reigning champions Manchester City and now Liverpool.

It will be a bitter disappointment after hopes were raised just a couple of weeks ago that Brendan Rodgers' team could yet mount a title challenge to rival their miraculous victory in 2015-16.

That will not be happening now. Liverpool emphasised the gulf between the two sides in brutal style here, barely giving the Foxes a chance and subduing the cacophonous pre-match atmosphere within seconds.

While this was a painful night, Rodgers and his players should draw great encouragement from the manner in which they have muscled between the Premier League's two superpowers and put themselves in prime contention for a place in next season's Champions League.

Rodgers looks like he may have to rebuild some confidence, but there has still been much to admire from Leicester City this season - and still plenty to go for in the months ahead.



26 December 2019
20:00 GMT
Leicester City Leicester City FC 0–4 Liverpool FC Liverpool King Power Stadium, Leicester
Attendance: 32,211
Referee: Michael Oliver
Firmino Soccerball 31'74'
Milner Soccerball 71' (Pen)
Alexander-Arnold Soccerball 78'
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01Kasper Schmeichel
21Ricardo Pereira
06Jonny Evans
04Çağlar Söyüncü
03Ben Chilwell
25Wilfred Ndidi
15Harvey BarnesSub off 58'
26Dennis PraetSub off 72'
08Youri Tielemans
10James MaddisonSub off 76'Yellow card
09Jamie Vardy
02James Justin
05Wes Morgan
07Demarai Gray
11Marc AlbrightonSub on 58'
12Danny Ward
17Ayoze PérezSub on 72'
20Hamza ChoudhurySub on 76'
Flag of Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers
66Trent Alexander-Arnold
12Joe GomezYellow card
04Virgil van Dijk
26Andrew Robertson
08Naby KeïtaSub off 70'
14Jordan HendersonSub off 82'
05Georginio Wijnaldum
11Mohamed SalahSub off 70'
09Roberto Firmino
10Sadio Mané
07James MilnerSub on 70'
20Adam LallanaSub on 82'
23Xherdan Shaqiri
27Divock OrigiSub on 70'
48Curtis Jones
76Neco Williams
Germany Jürgen Klopp

Man of the Match:
Trent Alexander-Arnold

Assistant referees:
Stuart Burt
Simon Bennett
Fourth official:
Craig Pawson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Leicester City Liverpool
Goals scored 04
Total shots 315
Shots on target 06
Ball possession 41%59%
Corner kicks 28
Fouls committed 57

See also

External links

Premier League 2019–20

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Leicester City F.C. matches - 2019-20
2019-20 Premier League

Southampton (a) · Arsenal (h) · Manchester City (a) · Liverpool (h) · Chelsea (h) · Arsenal (a) · Manchester United (h)

2019-20 FA Cup

Wigan Athletic (h) · Brentford (a) ·

2019-20 League Cup

Everton (a) · Aston Villa (h) · Aston Villa (a)

Liverpool F.C. matches - 2019-20
2019-20 Premier League

Norwich City (h) · Arsenal (h) · Burnley (a) · Chelsea (a) · Manchester United (a) · Tottenham Hotspur (h) · Leicester City (a) · Tottenham Hotspur (a) · Manchester United (h) · Watford (a) · Everton (a) · Manchester City (a) · Arsenal (a) · Newcastle United (a)

2019-20 FA Cup

Everton (h)

2019-20 League Cup

Milton Keynes Dons (a) · Arsenal (h) · Aston Villa (a)

2019-20 Champions League

Napoli (a) · Red Bull Salzburg (h) · Genk (a) · Genk (h) · Napoli (h) · Red Bull Salzburg (a) · Atlético Madrid (a) · Atlético Madrid (h) ·

2019 FIFA Club World Cup

Monterrey (n) · Flamengo (n)

FA Community Shield

Manchester City (n)

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