Liverpool 2 Leicester City 2

Liverpool's season long disappointing home form came back to haunt them once again yesterday, as they squandered a two goal advantage to throw away two points to the Premier League's bottom side, Leicester.

Brendan Rodgers' side had shown signs of the vitality from last season in recording their biggest win of the season over the Swans on Monday evening, but against Leicester they seemed to revert back to the form shown in earlier league games at home this campaign. Maybe the extra day's recovery benefitted the away team, as they seemed to have more energy than their expensively assembled opponents.

In truth, a draw was probably the minimum a determined Leicester side deserved from the game, as they could count themselves unlucky in the extreme to have had two contentious penalties awarded against them in the first-half and had hit the post early on through Riyad Mahrez.

Both spot kicks were awarded for hand ball and both were clinically despatched by captain Steven Gerrard, restored to the team after being rested for the home win against Swansea.The first penalty decision looked very harsh as the ball seemed to hit Wes Morgan in the face rather than the arm from Raheem Sterling's attempted cross. The second came after Philippe Coutinho flicked the ball goalwards but looked like a case of the ball striking the arm at close range as Danny Simpson was penalised.

Two goals ahead at the break, the home fans would have hoped for a comfortable win and a continuation of their recent upturn in fortunes, but the visitors had other ideas and resumed the second period seeking some reward for their endeavours, rather than tamely surrendering to the Anfield giants. They pulled a goal back through a wonderful David Nugent volley in the 58th minute following a neat Jamie Vardy lay off, the boyhood Evertonian no doubt taking great pleasure in putting one over on the Reds for once. It soon became 2-2 as Jeff Schlupp netted two minutes later for the rampant Foxes as an unexpected three points became a distinct possibility, with half a hour still to play.

There were chances at both ends as the minutes ticked away with Lazar Markovic missing a particularly good headed chance for the home side,  but a draw was probably a fair result overall, something that Rodgers acknowledged in his post match appraisal.

Leicester will have been more pleased with the point than Liverpool, even though they remain bottom of the table, as they demonstrated that they have some fight inside them to battle back against adversity. For Liverpool, the Champions League places look a distant hope unless they can convert missed opportunities like this and the return of Daniel Sturridge (expected later in January) can not come soon enough.
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