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Salah misses penalty as Liverpool disappoint against Leicester City

15:15 GMT 29/12/2021
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The Egyptian saw his spot kick stopped by Kasper Schmeichel as the Reds missed out on valuable points in the race to top the English topflight

Mohamed Salah endured a difficult night as Liverpool were beaten by Leicester City in Tuesday’s Premier League showdown.

Salah – who boasts 15 goals in the English top-flight so far this season – missed a penalty as the Reds suffered a 1-0 loss at the King Power Stadium.

Still gloomy following their 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur their last time out, Jurgen Klopp’s men were hoping to bounce back to winning ways against the Foxes.

To cap a smart start by the visitors, referee Michael Oliver awarded them a penalty as Wilfred Ndidi brought down the Egypt international in the box.

Salah stepped up to take the ensuing kick, however, it was saved by Kasper Schmeichel who guessed the right direction. The African went for a follow-up header but it hit the crossbar as the hosts cleared the ball away to safety.

That was the two-time African Player of the Year’s second ever penalty miss in the English elite division.

His first was against Huddersfield Town on October 28, 2017 – although the Anfield Stadium giants went ahead to win 3-0 courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Prior to his miss against Leicester, he had scored each of his previous 15 attempts from the spot.

Following the penalty miss, Rodgers’ side grew in confidence as they frustrated Liverpool’s numerous attempts to find the net.

The reigning FA Cup champions secured all points as super-sub Ademola Lookman fired past goalkeeper Alisson Becker close range after he was set up by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

Despite several efforts to restore parity, which included the introduction of Guinea international Naby Keita for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the former Champions League winners crumbled to their second defeat of the 2021-22 campaign.

Regardless, they occupy the second spot on the log having garnered 41 points from 19 appearances.

Alongside Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Cameroon’s Joel Matip were in action from start to finish, whereas, former France youth international of Malian origin Ibrahima Konate was an unused substitute.  

Liverpool would be hoping to shake off their loss when they square up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 2, 2022.

Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Guinea’s Naby Keita should be available against Thomas Tuchel’s Blues, before flying down to Cameroon for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, where they would be aiming to lead their respective countries to glory.