Soccer NewsSaturday 30th December 2017

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City player ratings, stats and reaction: Salah strikes twice as Reds crank up pressure on rivals with win

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City player ratings, stats and reaction: Salah strikes twice as Reds crank up pressure on rivals with win

Liverpool had Mohamed Salah to thank this afternoon, as the player’s 17th and 18th league goals of the season saw the Reds come from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 at Anfield.

The Foxes opened the scoring early on, as a ball from Riyad Mahrez allowed Vardy to tap home to put Claude Puel’s side a goal to the good in the third minute.

Salah equalised for the home side in the 52nd minute, after a pass from Sadio Mane allowed the Egyptian to go through on goal, with the forward applying the finish to bring his side level.

The former Roma ace then put Jurgen Klopp’s side in front in the 76th minute, after the winger beat Harry Maguire before slotting home past Kasper Schmeichel to the delight of the Anfield faithful.

Following the win, Liverpool now sit in fourth place, just two points behind rivals Man United, who take on Southampton at Old Trafford this evening.

Player of the Match

There’s only one candidate for this award…

Liverpool’s talisman Salah was on absolute fire this afternoon, with the 25-year-old’s brace being enough to see the Reds keep up the pressure on their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification.

Salah’s first goal was well taken, but his second was a stroke of genius, with the winger’s exquisite turn and finish sending the home fans into raptures.

This tweet sums up just how good the forward was this afternoon

Stat of the Match

This from Opta shows just how valuable Salah has been for Liverpool so far this season

Player Ratings

Liverpool: Karius 6, Gomez 7, Matip 6, Lovren 6, Robertson 6, Milner 6, Can 6, Coutinho 7, Salah 8, Firmino 6, Mane 7 / Subs: Wijnaldum 6, Klavan 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6

Leicester: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 6, Morgan 6, Maguire 7, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 7, Ndidi 6, Iborra 6, Albrighton 6, Gray 6, Vardy 7 / Subs: James 6, Okazaki 6, Slimani 6

Reaction

It was all about one man this evening as Liverpool won again at home

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