Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Liverpool edge five-goal Leicester City thriller

Liverpool edge five-goal Leicester City thriller

Liverpool reportedly told Barcelona to stop harassing Philippe Coutinho over the summer.

Liverpool eked out a 3-2 draw against Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, after nearly throwing away 2-0 and 3-1 leads.

Liverpool remained adamant that their crown jewel was not for sale at any price throughout the saga, a stance which has been backed by today's leaks, brought to light by Spiegel.

Eight minutes earlier Coutinho had delivered an equally precise curling cross to Mo Salah at the far post for the visitors' opener.

Liverpool's back four have come in for a lot of flak for problems which were evident last season but don't seem to have been dealt with during the pre-season.

The Brazilian was deservedly named man of the match.

Klopp's defensive worries have been exacerbated by a back injury to Dejan Lovren, which has kept him out of the last two matches and prevented him training all week, while fellow centre-back Joel Matip is also a doubt with injury.

"I loved how we fought for the result".

Yet after an incident packed game that was decided by Simon Mignolet's penalty save from Jamie Vardy, Klopp's side sealed their first away win of the Premier League season on a night when their fragile defence looked ready to crack once again.

Having been slowly integrated back into the first-team fold following the global break, Coutinho produced a match-winning display in the 3-2 win over Leicester City this evening - registering a goal and assist - and earned praise from Ferdinand. "We have had our good moments and also our not so good moments. Let's make the next step together".

"Of course, against Manchester City it was 5-0 and that's hard but we had chances before they scored and if we had scored maybe the game would have been completely different".

Whether they would have done so without Coutinho pushing them is another matter.

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