After 16 days without playing a match, Liverpool looked like they remained in La Manga. From the opening whistle, the Reds were dominated by a Leicester City team that awoke in the aftermath of their manager’s sacking. Liverpool collapsed at the King Power Stadium, falling to Leicester 3-1.
The reigning league champions were up for it immediately, barely giving Liverpool a kick for the opening 10 minutes. The lack of response from the Reds was as damning as any performance they have put together this campaign. They struggled to even string together more than three passes for a significant part of the first half.
Chances of reaching the top four took a serous hit as Liverpool’s lethargy in attack was matched by their frailty at the back. For all the praiseworthy play the side is capable of producing, they are just as capable of complete capitulation against opponents they should beat.
The Foxes have been staving off a relegation battle after their Cinderella campaign. Off Liverpool’s win against Spurs, the Reds should have compounded Leicester’s misery. Instead they were outworked, out hustled, and outmaneuvered all over the pitch.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will have had more than this performance on his mind as the club heads home. Make no mistake, players are now playing for their future with the club and very few will ensured more than a cross eye from the boss.
Here are four findings from the match.