Leicester City have added another vital three points to the bank as they continue to push to keep hold of their top four spot this season. Their win came after carving open Liverpool’s defence at the King Power Stadium and hitting three goals past Alisson.
Despite the goalless first half and going one behind in the 67th minute, the Foxes didn’t allow their heads to drop. After a penalty opportunity was ruled out by VAR, James Maddison popped up with the equaliser in the 78th minute. It took Leicester just seven minutes more to find another two and really hammer the final nail into Liverpool’s coffin.
Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes got themselves on the scoresheet with the latter also picking up an assist, but one man hugely went under the radar with his solid performance in midfield.
Three points on home soil against the reigning Premier League champions will have elated the levels of morale in the Leicester camp. For the Reds, hope and confidence continues to plummet. They were hugely outperformed in the second half and couldn’t find a way past Leicester’s bodies on the line.
Wilfred Ndidi was a man in particular who impressed in Brendan Rodgers’ engine room. Not only did the Nigerian pop up with the assist for Barnes’ goal, but his defensive display was solid and paramount in keeping Liverpool’s trademark blistering attack out of the danger zone.
According to Sofascore, Ndidi put in five tackles, which was more than any other midfielder on the pitch and the joint-highest on his team. Only Ricardo Pereira matched the amount of tackles he completed. Additionally, the £75,000 per week midfielder contributed five clearances, three blocks and three interceptions, earning a the highest rating of the match with 8/10.
Considering Ndidi has missed 12 of the 24 Premier League matches this season, his impact since returning reads like he has never been away. Without his contribution, Liverpool could have had more chances to get themselves back into the game, but the Foxes made handling the champions of England look easy.