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Dublin: 5 °C Tuesday 18 December, 2018


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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the games is at 3pm.


We’re under way…


Liverpool are caught trying to play it out from the back, with Iborra winning possession.

Mahrez subsequently plays it to Vardy for a simple finish.



Chance for Liverpool, as Salah beats the offside trap.

However, the defender does well to get back and stop Salah getting a shot on target.


Coutinho finds space and shoots just outside the box. However, it’s straight at Schmeichel, who saves relatively comfortably.

Liverpool have been dominant since the goal.


So close!

Firmino and Salah link up well down the right. The Egypt international subsequently sprints through on goal, but then uncharacteristically puts the ball wide.


Firmino forces Schmeichel to make a decent save, after Leicester are dispossessed in their own half.

Liverpool are attacking them pretty relentlessly now.



An audacious attempt from Joe Gomez narrowly misses the top corner.

Liverpool continue to look very dangerous and have actually played pretty well aside from the concession of the early goal.


Robertson surges into the box and goes down amid claims for a penalty, which are subsequently dismissed by the referee.

Looking at the replay, it would have been a very soft spot kick to award.


Liverpool continue to threaten every time they attack.

Schmeichel, meanwhile, is frustrating the crowd by taking a long time for a kick-out.


Leicester have defended really well so far, with Morgan and Maguire in particular both performing admirably.

They’ve done well to stave off wave after wave of Liverpool attacks.


Firmino and Coutinho link up beautifully, before Amartey gets across to make a brilliant last-ditch tackle.

Great play all round there.


Leicester have steadied the ship in recent minutes.

Liverpool haven’t created anything in a while.


Coutinho gets the ball in a promising position outside the box, but then gives it away.

The crowd’s frustration is becoming increasingly audible.



It’s been a cagey start to the second half, with Leicester again defending deep.

As I type, Firmino finds himself in a promising position out wide, but his cross is cut out.


Salah goes down off the ball in the vicinity of Fuchs amid penalty claims made in vain.

Again, replays suggest it was the right call.


Mane plays a lovely ball to Salah.

The Egypt international skips by one challenge before finishing coolly for his 16th Premier League goal this season.



Big chance!

Liverpool break and Salah is played through. He tries to lob Schmeichel but his attempt finds the roof of the net.


This game is starting to look a lot more open.

Leicester are trying to score again, which means there is more space for Liverpool’s attackers to exploit on the counter.


Robertson gets the ball in a good position, but his cross is overhit.

Liverpool are becoming increasingly sloppy in those type of situations.


Close for Leicester!

The ball falls to Ndidi on the edge of the area, and his half-volley goes narrowly wide.

The visitors are starting to threaten all of a sudden.


Firmino gets in a good position.

However, his cross is headed to safety by the impressive Maguire.


Liverpool make a change. Mane is off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on.

Leicester, meanwhile, go for a double substitution. Mahrez and Vardy are replaced by Slimani and Okazaki.


Coutinho gets the ball on the edge of the box.

He cuts inside, before Schmeichel does well to save his deflected shot.


Maguire gets too close to Salah, who turns him and finishes superbly.

That leaves him just one behind Kane in the scoring charts.


Liverpool make a change.

Salah, who may well be the match-winner, is replaced by Wijnaldum.


Leicester also make a change.

Albrighton is replaced by James.


Okazaki bursts through on goal, before Robertson gets across to stop him.

Good covering from the full-back.


There will be three minutes of added on time…

Right, that’s all from me, thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report of the game here.

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