Wasteful Liverpool knocked out of Carabao Cup by Foxes

September 19, 2017 8:58 pm0 commentsViews: 16
Slimani

Islam Slimani’s superb strike helped Leicester see off a wasteful Liverpool at the King Power Stadium to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

The Algeria striker’s left-footed shot found the top corner after substitute Shinji Okazaki had put the Foxes ahead.

That came after Liverpool had dominated a first half in which Philippe Coutinho impressed before being replaced.

Okazaki’s arrival sparked the Foxes into life and he latched on to Vicente Iborra’s knockdown for the opener.

Summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke both missed good opportunities for the visitors, who named a much-changed side.

Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson got his first win as Crystal Palace boss at home to Huddersfield and Bristol City shocked Premier League Stoke.

It took Tottenham 65 minutes to break down a resolute Barnsley at Wembley, while Leeds beat Burnley on penalties at Turf Moor.

Joshua King scored in extra time to send Bournemouth through against Brighton, as Middlesbrough knocked out fellow Championship side Aston Villa and Swansea won at Reading.

A tale of two substitutions

Coutinho, having returned to the Liverpool side for the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday, was by far the best player on the pitch in the first half as he sauntered between the lines to dictate the tempo of the Reds’ attacks.

The tricky Brazilian combined well with Andy Robertson as the former Hull left-back, another summer arrival, put in several crosses that should have been converted.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first start since a £35m move from Arsenal, had a shot blocked from a smart Robertson cut-back before Solanke headed off target from another pin-point ball.

But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opted to replace Coutinho with Ben Woodburn at the break and, despite some impressive running from the 17-year-old Wales international, the team lost their flow.

Klopp said it “was always the plan” to give Coutinho 45 minutes, but his departure was countered with the arrival of Okazaki for the Foxes, the Japan striker adding pace and intensity.

He reacted first to fire low into the corner for the opener with 25 minutes remaining, then teed up Slimani for a fantastic solo effort that put the game beyond the visitors.

Same old problems for Liverpool

Shinji Okazak

Liverpool had 35 shots on goal when they were held by Burnley at the weekend. It was a case of deja vu for travelling Reds supporters on Wednesday.

Despite making eight changes, Klopp’s team mustered 21 shots at the King Power Stadium on top of 70% possession, but to no avail.

A long-range Demarai Gray effort came from one of Leicester’s rare first-half forays, but when the winger dragged wide after the interval it was the first sign of a shift in momentum.

Okazaki’s breakthrough came after Liverpool failed to clear a corner – a problem that has haunted them this season, with Klopp admitting afterwards he was “sick” of conceding such goals.

“That we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick,” said Klopp. “You cannot play football and do that.

“The story of this game is really easy to tell: we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football, we didn’t score, that’s sometimes part of football.

“But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today, then it is quite difficult.”

Gray could have added gloss to the scoreline as Liverpool looked for a way back into the game late on, only for goalkeeper Danny Ward to turn his strike wide of the post.

It meant a fourth game without a win for Liverpool, whose last victory came against Arsenal in August.

Man of the match – Shinji Okazaki (Leicester)

Shinji Okazaki

What’s next?

Liverpool travel to Leicester again on Saturday, this time in the Premier League for a 17:30 BST kick-off.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 12Hamer
  • 18Amartey
  • 5Morgan
  • 16Dragovic
  • 3Chilwell
  • 11Albrighton
  • 25NdidiSubstituted forChoudhuryat 84′minutes
  • 21IborraBooked at 90mins
  • 7Gray
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forOkazakiat 53′minutes
  • 19Slimani

Substitutes

  • 8Iheanacho
  • 13Musa
  • 17Jakupovic
  • 20Okazaki
  • 26Mahrez
  • 29Benalouane
  • 38Choudhury

Liverpool

  • 52Ward
  • 38Flanagan
  • 12Gomez
  • 17KlavanBooked at 75mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forIngsat 73′minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 16GrujicBooked at 57mins
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 29Solanke
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forWoodburnat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 7Milner
  • 18Moreno
  • 28Ings
  • 50Markovic
  • 58Woodburn
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
31,609

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Liverpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Liverpool 0.

Attempt missed. Marko Grujic (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Booking

Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (Leicester City).

Attempt blocked. Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Flanagan.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Demarai Gray (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Wilfred Ndidi.

Attempt saved. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Danny Ward.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 2, Liverpool 0. Islam Slimani (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Shinji Okazaki.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Grujic.

Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Islam Slimani (Leicester City).

Booking

Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool).

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Danny Ings replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Marko Grujic (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Leicester City).

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (Leicester City).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Liverpool 0. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vicente Iborra with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Foul by Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool).

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marko Grujic (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Liverpool).

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

goal

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