Ward confident, Oxlade-Chamberlain flops – 3 good, 3 bad from Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

 20 September 2017

Liverpool endured another bad night at the office on Tuesday, as the Reds lost 2-0 at Leicester City to bow out of the League Cup third round.

Goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani were enough to earn Craig Shakespeare’s side a place in the fourth round, as Liverpool’s dominance once again failed to pay off.

They missed a number of excellent chances to take the lead before Leicester’s opener, and inevitably, poor defending cost them.

It was a night when the negatives outweighed the positives, but there were at least some crumbs of comfort Jurgen Klopp could take.

Here are three good and three bad aspects from the game.

GOOD: Ward a Confident Presence

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Danny Ward during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp named Danny Ward in his starting lineup, with the Welshman given an opportunity to shine ahead of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

The 24-year-old was a composed figure whenever he was called in action, which was an undoubted positive to take from the match.

His handling was immaculate, with one tricky catch taken expertly, and there was a confidence about him that looked more convincing than his more experienced goalkeeping superiors.

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Grujic: We need to reproduce first-half performance on Saturday

Marko Grujic expects Liverpool to exact revenge on Leicester City when the sides meet again this weekend should they reproduce their first-half performance during Tuesday evening’s League Cup defeat.

Jürgen Klopp’s side were the dominant force in the first 45 minutes at the King Power Stadium but some dogged defending from the Foxes ensured the scores remained level at the break.

The value of that defensive showing became evident in the second period as the much-improved hosts netted through Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani to claim a place in the fourth round.

Reflecting on the game, Grujic told Liverpoolfc.com: “We played very well first half, created a lot of chances, but we didn’t score unluckily for us.

“We kept trying to do the same in the second half but, again, set-pieces [cost us]; a throw-in, we weren’t in a good position and Leicester scored a really nice goal.”

The Serbian midfielder, who played 90 minutes in his first start of the season, is now focused on Liverpool getting even when they return to the same venue for a Premier League contest on Saturday.

He added: “We have to not let our heads drop and focus on Saturday – the same pitch, the same opponent – we have to concentrate on the Premier League and the other cups.

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Leicester 2-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

 19 September 2017

Liverpool failed to take advantage of a strong first half as some average performances saw them lose 2-0 to Leicester City in the League Cup.

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

League Cup Third Round, King Power Stadium
September 19, 2017

Goals: Okazaki 65′, Slimani 78′


Danny Ward – 7

Catching crosses, coming out of his area to clear up loose balls and distributing the ball quickly enough to please even the most impatient fan—it was a good performance from a goalkeeper who has an argument to be No. 1 for both club and country.

Couldn’t do anything about the first goal which deflected off Andrew Robertson, evading his outstretched hand, and the second one wouldn’t have been saved if all three of Ward, Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet were in the goal.

Made a good save later on which kept the scoreline down to just the two-goal deficit.

He blends the good parts of Mignolet and Karius in one Welsh goalkeeping package, and even kicks the ball straight out of play once in a while.

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Missed chances, Klopp’s rotation & Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5 talking points from Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

 19 September 2017

Liverpool crashed out of the League Cup with a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City at the KP Stadium on Tuesday night.

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

League Cup Third Round, King Power Stadium
September 19, 2017

Goals: Okazaki 65′, Slimani 78′


Jurgen Klopp‘s decision to rotate his side for the third round clash looked as if it would pay dividends early on, with the Reds utterly dominant and creating a succession of chances on goal.

As each one in turn was missed, however, it seemed as if it would be another one of those days that fans have had to endure recently—and thus it proved to be the case.

Two subs changed the game: Philippe Coutinho going off for the Reds, and Shinji Okazaki coming on for Leicester.

The Japanese forward scored the first and Islam Slimani found the top corner 12 minutes later to send the Foxes through and end the Reds’ hopes of an early season cup run.

Here are the biggest talking points of a thoroughly disappointing night.

Judging Danny Ward

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Danny Ward during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s tough to make a valid call on a goalkeeper who comes in for a first 90 minutes of the season…and promptly sees his side utterly dominate, yet lose.

The dominance is great for the team, of course, but was Ward good, indifferent or irrelevant? And, when the defeat occurs, what blame lays with the man between the sticks?

For the goals, this time it can be said in confidence: none at all.

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Jürgen Klopp’s verdict on cup exit to Leicester

Jürgen Klopp acknowledged his disappointment at Liverpool’s Carabao Cup exit to Leicester City on Tuesday night, admitting defensive errors cost his side at the King Power Stadium.

After a dominant first-half showing in which the Reds created several good goalscoring opportunities, the Foxes took the lead just past the hour mark via Shinji Okazaki after a cleared corner was hoisted back into the visitors’ area and found its way to the substitute.

Islam Slimani then made sure of victory for Leicester with his stunning 78th-minute strike, breaking forward from a deep throw in and driving into the top corner to end Liverpool’s hopes of progression in the tournament.

Afterwards, Klopp spoke to the media in his post-match press conference. Read on for a summary of what he had to say…

On his reflection on the game…

The story of this game is really easy to explain: we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football – really good – didn’t score, that’s sometimes a part of football. We were unlucky in one or two moments, maybe not clinical enough in another moment. But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today again then it is quite difficult. We should have scored three, but as long as you leave games open, you have to defend. You always have to defend these situations better. [The first goal came from a] second ball after a corner, I think… it was close, but it was not offside. Really close, so we need to make it more clear it is offside and the only thing you can do is to push up. You cannot defend always like we did against Arsenal and [start] a counter-attack or whatever. We had to push up and we didn’t. The second one is a throw in again and everyone can imagine we know how to defend them but obviously we don’t do it. It doesn’t feel too cool but it’s the truth that we are still a good football team. I see it but unfortunately it doesn’t feel it at the moment because we exited a cup competition. We wanted to go to the next round. Nobody was interested in who played the better first half, everyone was interested who will go through and we are not the team that will be in the next round for some good reasons.

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Photos: Liverpool knocked out at the King Power

A 2-0 defeat at Leicester City saw Liverpool eliminated in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Reds created plenty of sights of goal in a dominant first-half performance at the King Power Stadium, but were made to pay for not taking their chances as Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored for the hosts after the break.

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Report: Reds eliminated from Carabao Cup at Leicester

Leicester

Liverpool suffered elimination from the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage on Tuesday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City.

Shinji Okazaki came on as a second-half substitute to put the Foxes into the lead against the run of play after the Reds had dominated the opening period at the King Power Stadium.

The strike served to galvanise the home side – and they made certain of their place in the next round when Islam Slimani powered an unstoppable effort into the top corner as the clash ticked towards its finale, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side’s tournament hopes in the process.

Liverpool return to the same venue on Saturday tea-time for a Premier League encounter with Leicester, in which they’ll hope to end a run of four matches without a win.

The key points…

  • Okazaki comes off bench to put home tem in front on 64 minutes.
  • Slimani powers in second for Leicester on 78.
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain makes full debut for Liverpool.
  • Ings comes on for first appearance in 11 months after injury.

The team news…

Liverpool made eight changes to their starting line-up for the cup tie, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handed a full debut.

Elsewhere, Danny Ward, Dominic Solanke, Jon Flanagan and Marko Grujic also began, as did Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho.

Danny Ings was named on the bench for the first time since October 2016.

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