Liverpool, the record 8 times League Cup winners, started their campaign on Tuesday night against Leicester City at King Power Stadium. The Reds have failed to defeat the Foxes at home since 2014 and their previous meeting (in Premier League) ended in a 3-1 win in favor of the hosts.
Liverpool have been struggling since the international break as they suffered a 5-0 hammering against Manchester City and only managed a draw against Sevilla in UEFA Champions League group stage fixture as well as Burnley in Premier League. The missed opportunities and defensive frailties have been annoying and Jurgen Klopp, the Reds’ boss, was desperate to bring his side back on track. Leicester too are having a rusty run of form and the gaffer Craig Shakespeare was desperate to utilize the home ambiance and secure a much-needed win.
The game proved to be a similar outcome of Liverpool’s recent outings where despite dominating the majority of the game their poor set piece defending eventually cost them a second-half goal scored by substitute Shinji Okazaki against the run of play. Leicester grabbed the momentum and Liverpool’s erroneous display cost them heavily as they conceded once again when Islam Slimani scored via a sublime strike. Liverpool had no reaction and Klopp had no Plan B. The Reds thus suffered a shambolic 2-0 defeat and knocked out from the third round of the competition.
Leicester City vs Liverpool Lineups:
Leicester City: Ben Hamer, Daniel Amartey, Aleksandar Dragović, Wes Morgan, Ben Chilwell, Vicente Iborra, Wilfred Ndidi (Hamza Choudhury 83′), Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton, Leonardo Ulloa (Shinji Okazaki 52′), Islam Slimani.
Liverpool: Danny Ward, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Andrew Robertson, Marko Grujic, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum (Danny Ings 72′), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Philippe Coutinho (Ben Woodburn 46′), Dominic Solanke.
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