EPL Game Week ke-19: Leicester City vs Liverpool FC

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EPL GW-19 Away vs Leicester City Kick-off 03:00 WIB. Jum’at, 27 Desember 2019. Skor akhir: 0-4.

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FYI, di game week 18 LFC absen, dan MU kena gasak Watford 😅. Sepertinya mitos baru ini memang benar…

Manchester membenamkan Leicester City dengan skor 3-1. Artinya, klasemen tidak banyak berubah. Liverpool tetap di putjuk dengan raihan 49 poin dari 17 laga dan disusul Leicester yang tetap mengantongi 39 poi dari 18 laga. Sementara Mancester City mulai menyusul dengan tambahan 3 poin dan bercokol di posisi ke-3 klasemen sementara liga inggris.

Pertemuan terakhir kala Liverpool menjamu Leicester berakhir dengan skor 2-1 untuk kemenangan tuan rumah meski semoat dibuat kerepotan.

Insight

  1. Dalam 5 kali pertemuan terakhir dengan Liverpool, Leicester kalah 4 kali sejak kemenangan terakhir mereka pada Februari 2017.
  2. Liverpool memenangkan 2 laga away terakhir melawan Leicester, namun belum pernah menang 3 kali berturut-turut saat bertandang ke markas Leicester.
  3. Dalam 7 laga antara kedua tim, gawang keduanya selalu kebobolan. Dalam 20 laga sebelumnya, kedua tim hanya mampu menyarangkan gol di 8 laga.
  4. Liverpool dan Leicester juga pernah berhadapan pada Boxing-day kala Leicester menjadi kampiun di musim 2015/16. Dalam laga itu, Liverpool menang 1-0 di Anfield, yang juga merupakan 1 dari 3 kekalahan yang dialami Leicester di musim itu.
  5. Liverpool selalu memenangkan laga Boxing-day dalam 4 pertemuan terakhir dengan agregat skor 11-0. Namun, Liverpool belum pernah memenangkan 5 laga Boxing-day secara berturut-turut.

Pre-match

Klopp said there were no other injuries from their week in Qatar, but that centre-backs Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Joel Matip (knee) and midfielder Fabinho (ankle) would not return before 2020.

“No news on anyone else, which is good news,” he added.

“Matip, Lovren, and Fabinho (are) in a good way but not ready for these games.”

Liverpool’s Starting XI againts Leicester City

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Match

Leicester City v Liverpool line-ups

Leicester (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Barnes, Praet, Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy.

Subs: Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Perez, Choudhury.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Jones, Williams.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Leicester City v Liverpool is go … 1 min: Liverpool get the ball rolling, their players wearing red shirts, shorts and socks. The players of Leicester wear their customary home strip of blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks.

GOAL! Leicester City 0-1 Liverpool (Firmino 31) Roberto Firmino heads Liverpool into the lead, leaping highest at the far post to convert a wonderful cross from assist-merchant Trent Alexander-Arnold. His downward header sneaks in at the bottom corner.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool heads the ball goalwards … (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Half-time: Leicester 0-1 Liverpool Peep! The teams go in for the break with Liverpool leading courtesy of Roberto Firmino’s downward header after he leapt to get on the end of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long diagonal cross. Liverpool have spurned several easier chances, with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah both guilty of uncharacteristically sloppy efforts to finish.

GOAL! Leicester 0-2 Liverpool (Milner 71pen) Liverpool double their lead, with James Milner scoring with his first kick of the ball. Schemiechel dived to his left, but Milner slotted the ball low and down the middle.

James Milner slots the ball home from the penalty spot for Liverpool’s second goal of the game. (Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

GOAL! Leicester 0-3 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino 75) Yet another assist from Alexander-Arnold, who has been outstanding tonight. He drills a low cross into the penalty area and it’s converted by Roberto Firmino, who fires into the top corner.

Firmino celebrates with manager Jürgen Klopp. (Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters)

GOAL! Leicester 0-4 Liverpool (Alexander-Arnold 78) Now Alexander-Arnold gets on the scoresheet, firing into the bottom left-hand corner from distance, with a fine first-time shot after being teed up by Sadio Mane. He let the ball roll across his body onto his left foot and could scarcely have struck a sweeter shot.

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool scores his team’s fourth goal. (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Full time: Leicester City 0-4 Liverpool Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It’s all over at the King Power Stadium, where Liverpool have cruised to victory with an imperious performance. Trent Alexander-Arnold was the stand-out performer, providing two assists, winning his side a penalty and getting amongst the goals as his side romped to victory. Liverpool are 13 points clear of second placed Leicester in the race for the title and have a game in hand on their closest rivals.

After-match

Man of the Match: Trent Alexander-Arnold speaks.

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates his goal with Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson. (Andrew Yates/Reuters)

“We played really good football, especially after all the travelling we’ve had to do.,” he says. “So I suppose in that context it was one of our best performances of the season. To score four goals in a place like this is never easy.”

On his goal: “I don’t get on the scoresheet too often and I thought, yeah, just hit it first time,” he says. “You don’t really think you’re going to be in this position but we’re not going to take anything for granted and just keep going,” he says, when asked about Liverpool’s 13-point lead at the top of the table.

Alongside him, James Milner concurs, saying it’s only halfway through the season and “anything can happen”.

Next fixtures

Leicester: 28 Dec v West Ham (A) Liverpool: 29 Dec v Wolves (H))

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