Leicester City vs Liverpool FC Premier League Matchday Recap #20

Remember the good old days when we were complaining about the poor refereeing in the Premier League? But still walking away with a win or draw?

Yeah, miss those days, huh?

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LEICSTER CITY 1 - LIVERPOOL FC 0

Early anxiety in the pub this weekend was partially fueled by a return after a few weeks of COVID-prevention closures and knowing that Leicester City were going to coming out strong, looking for revenge.   You could see it beyond the masks everyone donned while social distancing in the pub.

Two hours, and that nervousness was justified. This was one of Liverpool FC's worst performance of the season.  A team that was simply unrecognizable.

LET'S BREAK IT DOWN...

Let's start with the positive:

Joel Matip: Driven, passionate, and skillful.  He clearly had some of Millie's steroid-infused Ribena before this match. Matip took any opportunity to charge forward with the ball at his feet to put the ball in play on the other end of the pitch, as if he was the only player in an LFC kit on the field (and often he was).

Kostas Tsimikas reminded us of his quality as a replacement for Robbo who had to sit the game out on a Red-card. His end to end play, complete with plentiful dangerous crosses into the box were a highlight (too bad none of those crosses were put away).

And then there's everyone else.

Despite a few exciting runs, Mane was largely ineffective. And missed a clear opportunity that a man of his class and skill should not miss.

Mo Salah's missed penalty could almost be forgiven with his goal rate this year; however, an open net missed header on the rebound served up to him on a platter? Took his usual shots on net but couldn't close the deal. Wasn't as clinical as usual.

Wonder-boy, Jota, was also kept quite, never finding the spaces in-between the defensive line that we're used to seeing.

Hendo's patented thunderbolts were nowhere to be seen, replaced with golf-like lobs over the net.

I could go on about Ox, VVD, the substitutes...but it's too painful.

There was no fire on the pitch. Our captain failed to inspire as he usually does. There was no immediate and passionate response in the play after going down a goal.

Klopp himself stated the on-pitch performances were sub-par, and even took some of the blame for his role in team selection and prep. But the players had their chance. They simply failed to capitalize.

It was a rare display of apathy from our team this week.

Here's the recap.

 

LET'S NOT FORGET 

It was a rare bad day at the office, yes, but we armchair critics need to remember that Liverpool FC are still challenging for the top of the league, advancing in all competitions, and only lost 2 matches this year.

We have one of the best teams - and manager - in the world.

It's hard to take given that Manchester City have not dropped points lately but remember they were in 3rd place not that long ago. And they've lost the same number of games LFC have. Just a few draws remain the difference. It's still that close and anything can happen in this league.

A few weeks ago pundits and social media had Chelsea as favourites to win the league and now they're no longer in the conversation, despite being level with us.

Last year we dropped down to mid-table after Christmas but rallied back to claim our spot among Europe's best.

Let's not succumb to social media induced hysteria.

WE ARE LIVERPOOL.

BACK TO THE PUB

We lost the opportunity to gather for two matches due to our home pub closing for a few weeks, in an abundance of caution, due to the growing COVID-19 cases (one of those matches was postponed anyway due to a COVID outbreak).

There was a bit of PTSD among those who returned, masked and distanced. But it was still glorious to be among friends.

No, among family.

This is what it means to be Liverpool.

We were visited by a Liverpool family from Calgary who were in the city on vacation and a few new members who have recently moved to the city. We continue to grow.

Be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for more photos and videos of this weekend's event and OLSC Toronto event updates!

WINNER

OLSC Toronto members are automatically entered into a halftime draw during all Premier League matches. This week Brian Moloney won a LFC Toronto fan scarf.

 

NEXT MATCH 

We play Chelsea on January 2nd and there are two ways to watch them match.

HOME PUB: The Madison Avenue Pub will open at 10:30 AM for the match, as usual. To help with planning, please make a reservation on their site: www.madisonavenuepub.com.

AWAY PUB: A limited number of tickets are available for traveling fans who want to join out breakfast watch party at The Elephant & Castle in downtown Toronto. This is a ticketed event and open to members and non-members. Get your tickets here.

 

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! 

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You'll gain access to many benefits, 15% discount on your TOTAL BILL at The Madison, sweepstakes entries, and connect with fellow fans across the Greater Toronto Area and the World.

What's your favourite memory of this week's match? 

What are your thoughts on the match? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

UP THE REDS!!

Sam Fiorella
You’ll Never Walk Alone.


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