London, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Liverpool’s Premier League title defense hopes were dealt yet another blow Saturday as they were handed their third defeat in a row by losing 3-1 to Leicester City
Liverpool seemed to be on the right path to recover from a heavy 4-1 defeat to league leader Manchester City last week when Egyptian Mohamed Salah opened the scoring shortly after the one hour mark.
He put Liverpool in the lead in the 66th minute with a nice left-footed shot from inside the area off a back-heel touch from Roberto Firmino. It was the Egyptian’s 17th Premier League goal of the season, cementing his status as the top scorer so far.
The home team, however, did not throw in the towel and English midfielder James Maddison brought the game square with a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area in the 78th minute.
In a scenario similar to the defeat to Manchester City, Liverpool then conceded two goals within five minutes. The Foxes’ English forward Jamie Vardy redeemed a couple of missed chances, including a close-range header and a shot that hit the crossbar when he pounced on a mistake by Liverpool goalie Alisson.
The Brazilian rushed forward to intercept a forward pass only to misjudge his clearance and find himself well out of position. There was an apparent miscommunication between him and Liverpool’s new center-back, Ozan Kabak. Vardy slotted the ball into the net in the 81st minute.
Four minutes later, English midfielder Harvey Barnes increased Leicester’s tally on a counterattack.
After the win, Leicester holds second spot with 46 points from 24 matches, while Liverpool is fourth with 40 points, 10 shy of the leader Manchester, who will host Tottenham Hotspur later on today. EFE-EPA