Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was left to pick over the remains of another poor performance from his side in a season that has never really got going for them.
“The spaces where we wanted to play were super clear, they were super open … we didn’t use that often enough, we didn’t enjoy the challenge of facing a deep, compact side,” Klopp said, declining to blame the defeat on Salah’s penalty miss.
“If you score there, it doesn’t make the performance better, but it could change the result. He (Salah) scores a lot of goals, but he missed the penalty. That’s life.”
Chelsea’s Potter breathes easier after Leicester win
All eyes were on the stands at King Power Stadium as Leicester took on Chelsea, with suspended Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker spending his new-found leisure time supporting his boyhood club.
He watched as Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic got on the scoresheet as Chelsea continued their uptick in form with a 3-1 win.
After a dismal run of two wins in 15 games, Graham Potter’s side have won three on the trot in all competitions.
The visitors bossed the opening spell of the game and drew first blood in the 11th minute when Chilwell’s crisp left-footed volley beat goalkeeper Danny Ward at his near post.
Chelsea were guilty of taking their foot off the gas after their opener, with forward Joao Felix losing possession in his own half in the 39th minute. The ball broke to forward Patson Daka, who fired his effort past Kepa Arrizabalaga to level the score.
Leicester continued to press forward after the equaliser, but it was Chelsea who scored just before halftime when Enzo Fernandez played Havertz through with a delicate chip, which the German lobbed over the head of Ward and into the net.
The hosts did not let up in their intensity after the break and were denied an equaliser by a goalline clearance from substitute Conor Gallagher, before Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall miscued an effort from five metres to let Chelsea off the hook.
Chelsea made the most of their lifeline, as January signing Mykhailo Mudryk had a goal ruled out for offside before he turned provider for Kovacic, whose thumping volley sealed the three points for the London club in the 78th minute.
Leeds steal point against Brighton
Jack Harrison scored the equaliser in Leeds United’s 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, making up for the own goal he conceded earlier in the game.
Leeds had arrived at Elland Road with plenty of pressure on them after Bournemouth’s 1-0 upset of Liverpool earlier in the day dropped them into the relegation zone.
They breathed a sigh of relief when Harrison scored in the 78th minute after a short corner from Wilfried Gnonto, giving them a valuable point.
The equaliser came after Harrison, under pressure from Solly March, had put the ball into his own net in the 61st minute.
Alexis Mac Allister had opened the scoring for Brighton in the 33rd minute heading in his ninth goal of the season.
Patrick Bamford then scored his 49th goal overall for Leeds in the 40th minute, when his strike from the edge of the box was deflected and went in off the underside of the crossbar.
Spurs cruise to win over Forest
Richarlison responded to some pre-match criticism from his own manager by helping Tottenham secure a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
The Brazil striker played a key role in the second of Harry Kane’s two first-half goals and Tottenham’s third by Son Heung-min after the break.
In his news conference on Friday, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte described Richarlison as “selfish” for complaining about his lack of playing time.
Still, Conte handed Richarlison a start against Forest and was repaid with an all-action display that nearly included an early goal, only for the strike to be ruled out for offside.
The win consolidated fourth place for Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification after Liverpool lost at Bournemouth. Tottenham moved six points clear of Liverpool.
Kane headed home the opener in the 19th and converted a 35th-minute penalty after Richarlison was fouled.
Richarlison crossed for Son to control and finish sweetly in the 62nd before Joe Worrall scored a consolation in the 81st for Forest, whose substitute Andre Ayew had a penalty saved by Fraser Forster in stoppage time.
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