LFC 2-2 Leicester City: More Anfield woe as reds surrender lead

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Thursday 01 January 2015 - 3:00 pm
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Liverpool were handed two first half penalties, expertly converted by Steven Gerrard, before allowing bottom of the table Leicester City to get level and deservedly leave Anfield with a point.

LFC 2-2 Leicester City

After the reds victory over Swansea there were high hopes that things were changing.  Rodgers was forced into one change - Martin Skrtel's yellow card collection meaning that Kolo Toure was returned to the side to replace him.  Meanwhile, club captain Steven Gerrard was returned to the midfield - displacing Jordan Henderson back out in to an ineffective wing-back position, with Javier Manquillo the many moving to the bench.

The reds were fortunate to be awarded both of their penalties - although an earlier challenge on Raheem Sterling in the box had been ignored.

The first, on 17 minutes, was for handball. Wes Morgan being judged to have handled the ball.  Replays showed that despite his hands flailing about on the floor - the ball had indeed hit him square in the face.  Nonetheless Gerrard put the reds 1-0 ahead from the spot.

Five minutes before half time the reds had the advantage doubled.  Danny Simpson this time had handled the ball - although his defence was that he was withdrawing his hand from the ball.  He was doing it slowly and there can be less complaints this time around.  Gerrard, again, fired home.

So 2-0 at half time, against the bottom club in the Premier League.  Surely this was three points nailed on?

Not quite.

Lucas and Gerrard appear at times to offer little protection to the defence and they were caught hopelessly out of position for both Leicester's goals.

David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp scored Leicester's goals in the 58th and 60th minute respectively.  The reds easily cut apart with a side who have struggled to get enough goals to get away from the Premier League trapdoor.

The reds did go looking for the winner, but couldn't find a way past Leicester's determined defence.  Poor finishing, a notable chance falling to substitute Borini, also played a significant part.

After 20 games the reds have just 29 points and the Swansea and Spurs game apart there has been little sign of much excitement in this season's Premier League campaign.  Liverpool look set to limp towards May with more major changes in personnel at Melwood.

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