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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the games is at 3pm.

1Mins

We’re under way…

5Mins

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.

4Mins

14Mins

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.

16Mins

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.

21Mins

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.

22Mins

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

Liverpool are attacking them pretty relentlessly now.

23Mins

25Mins

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.

31Mins

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.

35Mins

Liverpool continue to threaten every time they attack.

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

38Mins

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.

41Mins

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

Great play all round there.

45Mins

Leicester have steadied the ship in recent minutes.

Liverpool haven’t created anything in a while.

46Mins

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

The crowd’s frustration is becoming increasingly audible.

45Mins

50Mins

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.

52Mins

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.

54Mins

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.

58Mins

59Mins

Big chance!

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

62Mins

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.

65Mins

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

Liverpool are becoming increasingly sloppy in those type of situations.

68Mins

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.

71Mins

Firmino gets in a good position.

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

74Mins

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.

76Mins

Coutinho gets the ball on the edge of the box.

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

77Mins

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

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

83Mins

Liverpool make a change.

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

83Mins

Leicester also make a change.

Albrighton is replaced by James.

87Mins

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

Good covering from the full-back.

90Mins

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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