Vibrant Liverpool dent Foxes’ title hopes

Liverpool put a dent in Leicester City's Premier League title hopes as a Christian Benteke goal earned them a 1-0 win at Anfield.

  • Liverpool 1 Leicester City 0
  • Benteke grabs only goal
  • Mignolet denies Foxes
  • Just second Leicester defeat of season
  • Origi suffers injury

Match Summary

Benteke, who was a first half replacement for the injured Divock Origi, stretched to poke home a Roberto Firmino cross after 63 minutes to score the only goal of the game.

Leicester had their chances, but were some way short of the team that have wowed the Premier League this season.

Full Report

It was Liverpool who had the best of a frantic opening, with Origi a particularly lively presence down the inside right channel.

Philippe Coutinho curled an early effort just wide, before Origi created another opening for the Brazilian on the quarter hour, but he failed to hit the target again. Next it was Adam Lallana who had a good chance after a ball over the top, but he shot wide.

Liverpool were getting closer, and soon Leicester stopper Kasper Schmeichel was called into action to deny, first, Emre Can and then Origi, before the former Lille striker fired another attempt just wide two minutes later.

The hosts appeared to suffer a blow just before the interval as Origi was forced off with an injury, but that proved to be the pivotal moment of the game as eventual matchwinner Benteke entered the fray.

Before the former Aston Villa man could settle things, though, Liverpool needed a big save from recalled goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who parried a stinging Riyad Mahrez effort over on the stroke of half time.

When the breakthrough did eventually come, it was largely thanks to Firmino, who did brilliantly to work space down the left. As he crossed, it sat up perfectly for Bentake to guide it into the bottom corner from twelve yards and it was a deserved lead.

Table-toppers Leicester attempted to respond, and nearly snatched a point when Mignolet was again on hand to deny Nathan Dyer from close range.

However, it was to be Liverpool's day, and they should have added a second deep into injury time when Foxes 'keeper Schmeichel was stranded up-field, but Benteke somehow managed to shoot straight at covering defender Wes Morgan with the goal gaping.