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Liverpool backers breathe sigh of relief as Reds edge thriller at Anfield



Brendan Rodgers endured a heartbreaking return to Anfield as Liverpool narrowly prevailed in a 2-1 win against Leicester City in the Premier League’s blockbuster fixture of the weekend.

Jürgen Klopp’s men continued their impressive win streak thanks to goals from Sadio Mané and James Milner.

Liverpool were favourites ahead of the fixture with a win being 4/7.

The Senegalese international has now scored an incredible 50 goals for the Reds in just 100 appearances. With Mané scoring in both fixtures last season, the odds of him scoring were 6/4 ahead of the game.

The game started in relatively slow fashion with Mohammed Salah having a shot on goal just three minutes in. James Milner and Roberto Firmino also spurned great opportunities that could have put the Liverpool ahead.

Leicester were dominated in the first half as they could not muster a single shot on goal. Their best chance of the half was a header from defender Çağlar Söyüncü but he was offside.

The Foxes were unable to prevent Liverpool scoring soon after. Mané slotted past Kasper Schmeichel to give the Reds a deserved lead after great work from Milner.

However, Liverpool looked to add to their lead straight after. Mané and Milner both missed great chances as Klopp’s men searched for their second and ease the tension in Anfield.

Both teams looked rejuvenated as they came back for the second half and it was Liverpool who once again asserted their dominance.

Salah squandered a guilt-edged opportunity to put the Reds two goals to the good straight after the restart. After some nice build-up play, Trent Alexander-Arnold delivered a beautiful cross for Salah but he could only poke it straight at Schmeichel.

The reigning European champions put the pressure on the Foxes as Salah, Mané and Andy Robertson all had great chances to put the game beyond doubt but failed to capitalise on their chances.

Leicester upped their attacking intensity in the second half with summer signing Dennis Praet dragging a shot wide. Star striker Jamie Vardy was also unable to get a shot away in a one versus one against Liverpool keeper Adrian.

However, the Foxes did manage to make Klopp’s men pay for being wasteful in front of goal later on. Substitute Ayoze Perez set up James Maddison who squeezed home an equaliser in the 80th minute.

It looked like Rodgers had stolen a point away from his former club considering his side had a solitary shot on target.

Jürgen Klopp urgently rallied his team on as his side desperately searched for a winner. Yet it seemed like the Reds would have to settle for what would have been their first draw this season.

With stoppage-time nearly coming to a close, Sadio Mané won the ball from Marc Albrighton in the box. The latter cheaply brought the attacker down causing referee Chris Kavanagh to point to the spot.

Milner stepped up and sent Schmeichel the wrong way to give Liverpool another three points albeit in a controversial fashion.

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