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Liverpool loses 1-0 at Leicester after Salah’s penalty miss


Liverpool lost 1-0 at Leicester in a big blow to its Premier League title hopes after Mohamed Salah missed a first-half penalty on Tuesday.

Ademola Lookman’s 59th-minute goal consigned Liverpool to its second loss in the league โ€” and in all competitions this season โ€” and left the Reds six points behind leader Manchester City after 19 games of the 38-round season.

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City, riding a nine-match winning run in the league, plays Brentford on Wednesday and the defending champions could be 12 points clear of Liverpool by the time Jรผrgen Kloppโ€™s team next plays, at Chelsea on Jan. 2.

A big turning point in the game came when Salah had a penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel in the 16th minute after he had been tripped by Wilfred Ndidi. The Egypt forward had converted his previous 15 spot kicks in the league.

Sadio Mane also missed a big chance in the 55th when played clean through on goal by Diogo Jota’s pass and, four minutes later, Lookman glided between Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk and fired a shot inside the near post.

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It was the only shot on target by Leicester, which started with a midfielder in Ndidi and a reserve midfielder/full back in Daniel Amartey as an emergency center-back partnership amid a defensive crisis.

Leicester had also played two days earlier, in a 6-3 loss at Man City, while Liverpool was fresh after its match against Leeds โ€” scheduled for the same day โ€” was postponed.

โ€œIt was a very strange game,โ€ Klopp said. โ€œWe were just not good enough. We still had enough chances. What we did with the balls was just not right. We played a really bad game, so it was well deserved (for Leicester).โ€

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