Mohamed Salah failed to convert a first-half penalty and Ademola Lookman came off the bench to score the winner as Liverpool suffered a narrow defeat by Leicester

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Ademola Lookman came off the bench to score the winner after Mohamed Salah was denied from the penalty spot as Leicester inflicted a damaging defeat on Liverpool.

Salah’s tame effort from 12 yards was kept out by Kasper Schmeichel and the Reds were guilty of squandering countless chances at the King Power, with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota just as wasteful as their Egyptian colleague.

Lookman, in contrast, needed one clear sight of goal to put Leicester ahead a matter of minutes after Brendan Rodgers introduced him in the second half.

The on-loan RB Leipzig winger rifled past Alisson at the near post as the Foxes grew into the game after resolute defending from their makeshift backline.

Liverpool were unable to find an equaliser, let alone a winner, in the remaining half-hour and their second defeat of the season leaves them six points adrift of Premier League-leaders Manchester City.

Leicester, meanwhile, bounced back from their 6-3 mauling by Pep Guardiola’s side on Boxing Day to lift themselves into the top half of the table.

Here are five talking points from an upset in the East Midlands.

1. Salah squanders spot kick

Mohamed Salah missed his first penalty in 16 efforts from the spot


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Given his world-class form this season, it would have taken a brave punter to bet against Mohamed Salah giving Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute.

The Egyptian created the gilt-edged chance for himself as he was brought down in the box by a clumsy challenge from Wilfred Ndidi.

Salah stepped up brimming with confidence having already converted three penalties this season and 15 in a row but, to the delight of the King Power faithful, saw his effort repelled by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Dane had little trouble keeping out the spot kick – which was far too near the centre of the goal and at a saveable height – and Leicester managed to scramble the ball clear after Salah directed the rebound against the crossbar with a looping header.

Adding to the 29-year-old’s frustration, Schmeichel made another brilliant stop to deny his close-range strike after a defensive mix-up in the Foxes backline in the 32nd minute.

2. Wounded Foxes survive first half

Daniel Amartey had a busy evening against a star-studded Liverpool attack


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Although they were without defenders Wesley Fofana, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester were able to breathe a sigh of relief as they made it to half-time with their clean sheet intact.

Their makeshift centre-back pairing of Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey were busy in the opening stages and the former was fortunate the penalty he conceded was not converted

However, the Foxes’ task grew easier as the first half wore on thanks to Liverpool’s impatience on the front foot.

Time and time again, players in red opted to shoot from distance rather than stretch Leicester with a measured passing approach. Jordan Henderson was especially guilty of failing to hit the target and volleyed over three times in the first 45 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp’s side reached the half-time whistle with a tally of 11 shots but just two of these were on target, one of which was Mohamed Salah’s missed penalty.

3. Lookman’s instant impact

Ademola Lookman scored just three minutes after coming off the bench


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If Leicester were clinging on at times in the first half, they came out swinging in the second.

Brendan Rodgers made an inspired substitution 11 minutes after the interval and Ademola Lookman replaced Hamza Choudhury a matter of seconds before putting the hosts in front.

The on-loan RB Leipzig star collected Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s through-ball and made space for himself in the box before lashing the ball beyond Alisson at the near post.

There had been warning signs there for Liverpool, who gradually allowed their control of the game to slip and continued to squander chances aplenty in the early stages of the second half.

4. Tsimikas picks up where he left off

Kostas Tsimikas deputised excellently at left-back in Andy Robertson’s absence


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Making his first Premier League start since the 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal in November, Kostas Tsimikas was one of Liverpool’s better players and seamlessly filled in for the suspended Andy Robertson at left-back.

The Greece international has proved himself more than mere back-up for the Scot this season and whipped a threatening ball into the box just minutes into the contest – a sign of things to come – before later dancing past Hamza Choudhury on numerous occasions.

It was another fine performance from the 25-year-old, although he was grateful for Joel Matip’s fine positioning to block Jamie Vardy’s effort in the 35th minute after the Englishman got goal-side of him.

Tsimikas’ finest moment came early in the second half when he prodded a Vardy-bound cross beyond the striker’s reach to prevent the 34-year-old having a one-on-one.

5. Mane’s alarming run

Sadio Mane started the season in excellent form but that has tailed off in recent weeks


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While Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota were far from their best against the Foxes, Sadio Mane’s performance was especially alarming, as is his wider form for Liverpool.

The Senegal star is without a goal or assist in his last nine appearances in all competitions and, like Salah, he was guilty of wasting a golden opportunity.

Jota threaded Mane through on goal in the 55th minute but the latter could only scoop his effort harmlessly over the bar when the far corner was gaping.

It was a baffling attempt which suggested the 29-year-old is short of confidence; Jurgen Klopp will hope he can rekindle his form at the fast-approaching Africa Cup of Nations.

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