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What we learned from Liverpool's 3-2 win at the King Power Stadium

Monday 25th September 2017
After getting trounced out of the EFL Cup by Leicester in mid-week, Liverpool were out looking for revenge. Their second visit to the King Power Stadium of the week provided a much different outcome to the first.

The game had everything, offside goals, handballs, missed penalties, dodgy decisions and bags of goals. In the end, Liverpool ran out 3-2 winners in an end to end affair where the scoreline could have easily been different on another day. Goals by Mohamed Salah, Phillippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson were just about enough to seal all 3 points for Jurgen Klopp's men.

The win leaves Liverpool within five points of the league's leaders, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Here are three alking points from the game.

Where is Riyad Mahrez?



 
The 2016 PFA Player of the Year has been ever so quiet since the transfer window shut. Dreams of moving to a Barcelona or Arsenal were dashed on Deadline Day as nobody would fork out the £40million Leicester City were asking for.

His performance was once again so underwhelming that he was substituted in the 61st minute for Demarai Gray. His status as Leicester's talisman has come under question and in a big game where they needed him to prove such, he didn't deliver.

The Algerian didn't complete one dribble all game, neither did he hit a shot on target. He was invisible and I'm sure Craige Shakespeare will not accept such mediocrity in the future.

Philippe Coutinho returns

The prodigal son has returned back to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. ­After the lengthiest transfer saga of the summer, Phillipe Coutinho is finally firing and purring in a Liverpool shirt. Many thought relations between the player and club had become unrepairable, but he showed against Leicester that he's 100% committed to the Reds.

In only his second start of the season, Phillipe Coutinho provided us with a magical assist and a stunning long-range goal. Just like old times, the Brazilian was the centre of everything good attacking-wise for Liverpool. The 25-year old was influential in the first half but relatively subdued in the second.

The Brazilian maintained an 84% pass accuracy, completed 5 successful take-ons, had five shots on goal, created five chances and picked up a MOTM award in his 78-minute cameo.

Shinji Okazaki was EVERYWHERE!

The Japanese striker was a real pain in Liverpool's side all game. As Jamie Vardy's job was to continuously stretch the backline, Shinji Okazaki instead occupied the positions in between the two centre-backs, making both of them aware of his presence. Throughout the game, the 31-year old had two attempts on goal, scoring once and created one chance.

He was also involved in the major refereeing decisions of the game, as he had a goal disallowed for being offside when he wasn't. 15 minutes later he was poking the ball in the back of the net despite clearly fouling Simon Mignolet. Adam Nunn made questionable decisions on both incidents, thus giving us something to talk about after the game. The striker's tendency to be everywhere kept the Liverpool defence busy and always on their toes.

 
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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