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Key Events

J. Allen
A. Lallana
Lucas Leiva
Philippe Coutinho
A. Kramarić
R. Mahrez
L. Ulloa
J. Vardy
N. Dyer
S. Okazaki
Roberto Firmino
Assist
C. Benteke
Goal
R. Huth
Yellow Card
E. Can
Yellow Card
A. Lallana
Yellow Card
C. Benteke
D. Origi
3
2
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
12
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 3
Total Passes 517 278

Commentary

That's all for our live coverage from Anfield! Good bye and enjoy the rest of your Boxing Day!
Christian Benteke came off the bench to score the decisive goal at Anfield as the Foxes are held scoreless for the first time all season. It's a deserved victory for the Reds who came flying out of the gate and never looked back.
FULL TIME: LIVERPOOL 1-0 LEICESTER.
SHOCKING MISS! Schmeichel bombs forward for Leicester, but as they give the ball away Liverpool break. Benteke is sent through on a vacant goal, but he takes too long to get a shot off as he stares down an empty net, and somehow the ball stays out!
We've played the four additional minutes now, but there will likely be another added on here as a result of the two Liverpool substitutions.
J. Allen
A. Lallana
Liverpool
Final switch for Liverpool who have taken the sting out of the match with all of these stoppages. Joe Allen comes on here in place of Lallana.
Lucas Leiva
Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool
Change for Liverpool as they look to run time off the clock. Coutinho comes off to a loud applause, replaced by Lucas Leiva for the final few minutes.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time added on, as is indicated by the fourth official.
CRUCIAL FROM CAN! Following another long throw into the box, the ball looks to have fallen kindly for King at the near post, but Can is able to read it brilliantly and stick a leg in to usher the ball behind for a corner! What a vital intervention that was!
WASTED OPPORTUNITY! Henderson sprints forward on the break as Liverpool get into attack with four against two. The midfielder has a clean look at goal as well as options to his left, but somehow is unable to pick out Benteke!
Leicester have scored at least a goal in every Premier League match this season, the only team in the top flight to do so. That run is in real jeopardy at the moment, and the game is nearly put out of reach as Firmino cannons a shot just wide of the far post following another Liverpool counter.
NEARLY A SECOND! Coutinho leads a Liverpool counter and does the majority of the work himself before unleashing an effort at goal from 25-yards out. He makes terrific contact, but watches on agonisingly as his strike clatters onto the roof of the net.
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN! A long throw from Fuchs makes it all the way into the area with Ulloa attacking it. The ball takes a slight touch and finds its way to a startled Sakho, but somehow Mignolet is able to snatch it ahead of Huth's arrival!
A. Kramarić
R. Mahrez
Leicester City
Two of Leicester's most prominent figures this season, Vardy and now Mahrez, are off the pitch. Andrej Kramaric replaces the Algerian winger for the final 10 minutes.
Leicester are awarded a real chance at an equaliser from a set piece, but the opportunity is wasted as the flag goes up following Albrighton's delivery into the area. Approaching the final 10 minutes now and the Foxes can't afford to waste these chances.
Penalty appeals denied! It's the right decision in the end from Martin Atkinson as Kante got back to dispossess Lallana inside the area, but did so legally. The intervention proves vital as it denies the forward a clear path at goal.
STAT ATTACK: Liverpool have won four and lost none of their last six Barclays Premier League games against Leicester City.
EXCEPTIONAL FROM MIGNOLET! Fuchs gets into all sorts of space on the left, with no one even remotely interested in applying pressure on the wing back. He picks out a perfect cross for Kante who diverts an effort at goal, but Mignolet does brilliantly to get down and knock it behind!
Leicester have changed their shape ever so slightly it seems, playing with more of a front three now, with Ulloa in the centre flanked by Mahrez and Dyer. All hands on deck now for the Foxes who have to dig deep once again and find it in them to turn around this deficit.
L. Ulloa
J. Vardy
Leicester City
The other change is a massive decision from Ranieri, who withdraws Vardy! The striker hasn't had much of an impact today and his game is done with 20 minutes still to play, replaced by Leonardo Ulloa.
N. Dyer
S. Okazaki
Leicester City
Double change for Leicester, the first of which sees the speedy ex-Swansea attacker Nathan Dyer replace Okazaki.
It's nothing less than Liverpool deserve and now the Reds are playing with great confidence, passing the ball around patiently and keeping it away from the visitors who have shown a real knack this season to be able to come from behind to earn results.
STAT ATTACK: Leicester have scored in every league match this season, the only team in the Premier League to do so in this campaign. They are also the current high scorers in the top flight with 37 goals.
Roberto Firmino
Assist
Liverpool
Firmino hasn't been as lively up to this point, but what a time he's picked to play his part! That ball in for Benteke couldn't have been drawn up much better.
C. Benteke
Goal
Liverpool
LIVERPOOL HAVE LIFTOFF! Coutinho and Firmino with a tidy one-two atop the area, and the latter plays a delightful ball in for Benteke who pounces like any striker worth his salt would, sending a first-time finish past Schmeichel at the far post! Excellent control and placement from the Belgian!
R. Huth
Yellow Card
Leicester City
Huth pulls back Lallana near the corner flag and then kicks the ball away seconds later, which will see him into the referee's book.
OVER! Clyne draws extra attention along the right which allows him to play Henderson through into acres of space. The midfielder sends a perfect cross in from Benteke, but Huth does enough to force the Belgian's header over the bar!
Terrific movement from Liverpool in attack! Benteke holds up play well and spots Lallana, who picks up Clyne. The right-back rolls it through for Firmino who tries to square for Coutinho in the centre, but the cover from Huth is strong as he's able to knock the ball behind.
Leicester are really starting to grow in stature. They're enjoying more of the ball than they did at any point in the first half, with Kante starting to factor in greatly in midfield. This is the Foxes team we have grown accustomed to this season.
AVERT YOUR EYES, LEICESTER FANS! Can goes sliding carelessly into the back of Vardy who is down and in real pain. Inexplicably Martin Atkinson has allowed play to carry on with a Leicester advantage, though there was no advantage to speak of! The training staff is finally able to come out to attend to the striker, who is able to get up under his own power and walk off. He should be fine to continue.
E. Can
Yellow Card
Liverpool
Yellow card Emre Can
STAT ATTACK: Leicester have not lost an away match since a 4-3 defeat against Tottenham in March (W8, D4). They can match their club record of 13 unbeaten on their travels with a result today.
Poor from Sakho! He's known to do that on occasion, play himself into trouble from the back. He holds onto the ball too long and then plays a terrible ball straight to Kante who helps Leicester break quickly, but Moreno is able to track back smartly to intervene and break up Vardy's pass.
These two teams have come out of the gate full of energy. I don't think anyone stopped running in that first half and it looks like we're in for more of the same in the second, which should continue to make for some excellent viewing.
Back underway at Anfield!
Still scoreless after an exciting first half of football at Anfield in which Liverpool were far and away the better team. The Reds have nothing to show for their dominance, however, as Leicester have done enough to keep them out up to this point. The Foxes struggled to generate much going forward, but grew into the game as the match went on and you get the sense that there will be plenty of space for both teams to exploit in attack as these sides start taking one or two chances to try and snatch the opening goal.
HALF TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-0 LEICESTER.
A. Lallana
Yellow Card
Liverpool
Yellow card Adam Lallana
Lallana becomes the first player to be booked after stepping in to prevent Leicester from taking a free kick quickly near the halfway line.
Leicester deal with the ensuing delivery soundly, as the board goes up to indicate two minutes of stoppage time.
The tempo has fizzled out a bit as Liverpool collect themselves ahead of one last push for a breakthrough before the interval. Benteke does well to hold up the ball and turn beyond Morgan on the left, winning his side a free kick in a very threatening position just a few yards outside the edge of the area.
BEATEN AWAY BY MIGNOLET! What incredible footwork from Mahrez! Leicester break forward so quickly, as we have come to expect from them this season, and Kante picks out the Algerian in the centre. Mahrez skips past Henderson and shifts onto his left beyond Sakho atop the area before plucking a very decent shot out from between his feet that Mignolet has to react quickly to keep out.
Everything good for Liverpool is being worked through Coutinho who has been very lively in this first half. The Reds are clearly looking the more likely of the two teams to break the deadlock, but for all their possession in attack, they have yet to force Schmeichel into making a truly difficult save.
C. Benteke
D. Origi
Liverpool
This is the chance Benteke needed. The forward has a point to prove and he will have more than a full half of football to show he is deserving of his place in the starting linuep as he comes on here to replace Origi.
Origi has gone down clutching his leg. He's in obvious discomfort and signals over to the bench for a substitution. It's a blow for the Reds as he has been playing very well up to this point, but Klopp has a more than serviceable replacement in Christian Benteke.
Leicester are having next to no success generating opportunities on the counter. Liverpool are keeping them hemmed in their end so well, smothering them when they look to break, and have been winning the ball back so quickly. They have to make this strong showing count with a goal, however, or it's all for not.
FREE HEADER! Following an Okazaki foul, Liverpool send bodies forward in anticipation of the free kick being taken. It's lifted invitingly into the area where Lovren meets it, unmarked, but the defender is unable to generate the power needed to really test Schmeichel.
STAT ATTACK: Liverpool have never lost at home in the Premier League on Boxing Day (W5 D3), but Leicester were one of the teams to earn a draw back in 1996.
Back the other way come Leicester, and Vardy gets his first chance of the day as he escapes his marker to get on the end of a cross in from the left, but he's unable to direct his header on target in the end. You get the sense that the opening goal is going to dictate the end result today. It would be so deflating from a Liverpool standpoint to concede first given how they have played thus far.
Origi continues to grow in stature, as service increases with each passing minute. He sprints forward into the area and has options for a pass, but decides to go at it alone. He steps inside his marker and cannons a strike at goal, but it lifts just over the bar.
SCHMEICHEL AGAIN! Origi chases down a hopeful ball over the top from Henderson and does so well to over-power Morgan to get on the end of it, but from a tight angle he's denied by the leg of Schmeichel at the near post. You can see with every battle just how determined Liverpool are today.
LOVELY HIT! Can finds a good pocket of space from about 25-yards out and is teed up for a shot. The Germany international curls a powerful strike towards the far bottom corner, but Schmeichel gets across and down well to punch it clear.
Liverpool are doing an incredible job keeping their shape at both ends. They've afforded Leicester little to no space in the final third, suffocating them on the counter, while breaking forward with excellent pace and width about them. They need a goal to make this positive play really count, however.
STAT: Jurgen Klopp has won just three of his first nine Premier League games in charge of Liverpool; the same tally that Brendan Rodgers managed in eight PL games as the Reds manager this season.
SIDE-NETTING! Lallana runs well off the ball which allows him to find a pocket of space inside the area, and he sends the home fans into a frenzy as he gets his shot off, but they quickly realise the effort hasn't actually beaten Schmeichel. Back the other way come Leicester and they win a corner, but Mignolet claims the ensuing delivery with great confidence.
SMASHED OVER! Clyne has been sensational through the first quarter of an hour! He sends a delightful ball behind the defence to play Origi into space down the right and he has options in the centre. His pullback just eludes Firmino, but comes to Coutinho at the top of the area - only the Brazilian can't take the chance as his first-time effort sails over the bar.
Pressure continues to mount on the Leicester goal. The insistence of Clyne and Moreno to get forward has forced Mahrez and Albrighton to drop deeper in defence than they would like, which has plagued their ability to counter, but they have issued a few warnings regarding just how quickly they can switch from defence to attack.
Liverpool have been very bright in the opening 10 minutes and these supporters are in full voice now. They've been given plenty of encouragement up to this point with the Reds so bright in attack. Moreno and Clyne have been very prominent in the overlap, providing plenty of width which has kept Leicester pinned in their own end.
STAT ATTACK: Leicester are just the third team in the history of the top flight to be top of the table at Christmas just one season removed from being bottom of the league at the same stage. The others were Burnley (1926) and Norwich (1988).
There is a tremendous tempo to the match early on, with both sides eager to push forward with pace. Coutinho sends a shot from range just a couple of feet wide of the far post before Mahrez sends Vardy forward at the other end, but the striker can't pick out a final pass for Okazaki. The noise level continues to rise as these fans have waited all week for this fixture to finally kick off.
Mahrez is getting swarmed by red shirts every time he gets onto the ball. He will have to fight for his space, but what it also means is that when he gets possession, there will be two or three of his teammates left unmarked if he can pick out an early ball to them.
Liverpool are lined up in a 4-4-2 to match Leicester. It's a sign of respect from Klopp to the league leaders. Coutinho and Lallana are on the flanks, with Firmino partnering Origi up top. It will also help the the Reds defensively as it provides greater width when tracking back, which should help limit Leicester on the counter.
Liverpool get this enticing fixture underway, kicking right to left in front of a terrific Boxing Day atmosphere at Anfield!
With little reason to tamper with a winning formula, Claudio Ranieri has left the majority of his team as is following their victory at Goodison Park last weekend. Robert Huth returns from suspension and forces Marcin Wasilewski to the bench as a result. Jamie Vardy keeps his partnership with Shinji Okazaki up top, flanked by Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton.
Martin Skrtel misses his first game of the season and faces a six-week stint on the sidelines because of a torn hamstring suffered against Watford, but as one goes down another returns in the form of Dejan Lovren who has made a speedy recovery from injury to step in for the Slovakian centre-half. Simon Mignolet is also a welcome return to the starting lineup, replacing Adam Bogdan who had a shocker against Watford. Jurgen Klopp has changed the shape of the team as well in bringing in Divock Origi, opting to do away with the false nine that hasn't been nearly as effective in recent weeks. Defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva gives way for the Belgian striker in what is a very positive change from the German boss. Christian Benteke will be relegated to a role as a second half substitute, if anything.
SUBS: De Laet, Kramaric, Ulloa, Dyer, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler.
LEICESTER (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, King, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
SUBS: Toure, Benteke, Lucas, Allen, Bogdan, Carlos, Randall.
LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Clyne, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Origi.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Liverpool are in dire need of a resume-building victory. They have been largely unimpressive since running riot over Manchester City in November, picking up just a solitary victory in the league since. This is the first rough period for Jurgen Klopp since taking the helm, but they can put it in the rear-view mirror by handing the league leading Foxes a second defeat of the season on this festive Boxing Day at Anfield.
This is a statement game for both teams. Leicester continue to impress and should really have nothing to prove at this point based on their consistent performance in the league, but the jury remains out on them for whatever reason. They need not worry about the naysayers, however. Claudio Ranieri's men simply must continue to take care of business as they have up to this point and eventually they'll have everyone believing - better get on board fast though, the bandwagon is filling up.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Boxing Day fixture as the league leaders Leicester City travel to historic Anfield for a date with Liverpool. The Foxes got to enjoy Christmas from the top of the Premier League table, but back to work they go to try and preserve their place against a hungry Liverpool side hoping to avenge a lopsided defeat at Vicarage Road a week ago.
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