Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1: Salah overhauls Vardy strike as £75m Van Dijk looks on Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 12/31/17 Getty Images Jamie Vardy scored a seventh goal in his past five games against Liverpool but Mohamed Salah’s fine brace secured victory over Leicester. Mohamed Salah’s second-half brace sealed a pulsating come-from-behind 2-1 win for Liverpool over Leicester City at Anfield.Fourth-placed Liverpool are now unbeaten in 12 Premier League matches, a run that owes much to the brilliant Salah.The Egypt forward now has 23 goals in all competitions this season – more than the total mustered by eight Premier League clubs – and his inspiration was needed after a shaky start. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Virgil van Dijk, who will replace Salah as Liverpool’s record signing when his £75million switch from Southampton is completed, looked on from the stands as some abject defending allowed Jamie Vardy to score for the seventh time in his past five outings against the Reds inside three minutes.Claude Puel’s side, who remain eighth in the standings, were subjected to relentless waves of attack for their trouble and, although they held out manfully until the break, a deserved Liverpool win was sealed by Salah 14 minutes from time.He’s done it!goalsgames pic.twitter.com/Ce4bO7U6tW— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2017Such revelry was some way away when Jurgen Klopp’s men quickly offered a strong demonstration as to why Van Dijk has been made the most expensive defender of all time.Joel Matip’s pass out of defence sold Emre Can short and his lunging challenge did not fluster Vicente Iborra, with the former Sevilla midfielder clipping a fine pass into the path of Riyad Mahez to set up Vardy for a simple finish.Salah spearheaded the Liverpool response, thudding a low shot wide from inside the box before being hauled in by a brilliant last-ditch challenge from Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire.Any time Leicester’s pacey attack of Vardy, Mahrez and Demarai Gray were allowed a sight of Liverpool’s backline the hosts looked vulnerable. The thrilling solution to this for Klopp’s team was to select all-out attack as the best means of defence.Sadio Mane was ruled offside when he converted a left-wing Salah cross at the back post, while Liverpool’s top scorer floated a chip wide on the angle on another foray into the Leicester area after 20 minutes.City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could only shovel a low drive from Roberto Firmino back into his own box, where defender Daniel Amartey unconvincingly cleared behind.From another corner, in the 37th minute, Schmeichel failed to gather and Matip saw his resulting shot blocked by cluster of blue shirts.Any Liverpool goal promised to be something to savour and so it proved when Salah restored parity seven minutes into the second half.52: Lovely Mane flick composed @22mosalah finish! The Reds are back in this![1-1] pic.twitter.com/FXTPD4ndOq— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2017Can fired a pass to Mane, who spotted his team-mates run and spun a wonderful backheel into Salah’s path. Once in the area, the ex-Roma man negotiated a pair of challenges and drilled home a low finish.Leicester found themselves threatened with the second-half misery Swansea City endured at this ground on Boxing Day and Salah lifted an effort onto the roof of the net following a sumptuous Philippe Coutinho throughball.Mane was denied by the offside flag for the second time in the 66th minute, having scampered just beyond Amartey in anticipation of Salah’s pass.At the other end, a Christian Fuchs’ long throw caused consternation and Wilfred Ndidi rifled a sweet left-footed strike wide when Liverpool failed to effectively clear. Goalkeeper Loris Karius was rooted to the spot.Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot was too close to Schmeichel before the winner arrived in the 76th minute.It came from more slick Liverpool interplay, with James Milner accepting a pass from Firmino to apply the deft flick on that occasion, leaving Salah to turn the tireless Maguire and shoot unerringly past a helpless Schmeichel. Key Opta facts:- Liverpool have scored 77 goals in their 30 games in all competitions this season – their highest total at this stage of a campaign as a top-flight club.- Liverpool have gone 15 games in all competitions without defeat (W10 D5) – their joint-longest unbeaten run under Jurgen Klopp (also a 15-game run ending in November 2016).– After winning four in a row under Claude Puel, the Foxes have since gone four Premier League games without without a victory (D1 L3) and have lost consecutive league games for the first time since September.– Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 22 goals in 21 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season (17 goals, 5 assists).– Salah (23 goals) has scored more goals in all competitions this season than eight Premier League clubs (Crystal Palace, Burnley, Brighton and Hove Albion, Swansea City, West Brom, Huddersfield Town, Southampton and Newcastle United). read more
Transfers Manchester City January transfer news LIVE: Pep asked City to prioritise Alexis Goal 15:30 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester City Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Citizens as the January transfer window heats up Pep asked City to prioritise Alexis over Van DijkPep Guardiola asked Manchester City to prioritise a deal for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez over any possible move for Virgil van Dijk, according to reports ( via Metro ).Van Dijk completed a £75 million transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the window.The Gunners want £35m for Sanchez but City could sign the Chilean on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger out, Arteta in at ArsenalArsene Wenger is ready to cut his contract short and end his two-decade tenure at Arsenal, reports the Daily Mirror. Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest compounded Wenger’s frustrations, with the Premier League already out of reach. And former Gunners man Mikel Arteta could step into the breach, ending his spell as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant.City & Arsenal in Alexis talksManchester City and Arsenal are negotiating the transfer of Alexis Sanchez, Goal can confirm. Arsenal have told City that they want in the region of £35 million for Alexis, who is out of contract at the end of the season.However, City are optimistic that they can agree a deal worth around £25m to complete the signing of their long-term transfer target in the January window.Read the full story on Goal! Wenger denies Evans bidArsene Wenger has denied making a bid to bring West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans to Arsenal.Former Manchester United defender Evans has been linked with a January move to the Emirates Stadium, with Manchester City also reported to be interested.However, while Wenger is keen to further improve his squad in the January window, he insists he has not made an approach for Evans.Read the full story on Goal! City set for stunning Maguire bidManchester City are set to make a stunning £50 million bid for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, reports The Sun . Pep Guardiola has been impressed with the England defender since his move from Hull last summer are willing to part with a massive sum to bring him in, despite also being linked with cheaper options. The Man City boss ideally wants a centre-bavk who would be eligible to play in the Champions League, and Maguire fits the bill. Fred waiting for Guardiola’s callManchester City target Fred has admitted he is waiting to hear from Pep Guardiola regarding a move.Goal understands City are keen on the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder as Guardiola looks to add depth to his squad in the middle of the park.Read the full story on Goal! Mahrez key to Alexis transferAlexis Sanchez will be allowed to leave Arsenal for Manchester City only if Riyad Mahrez is bought for the London club, reports The Mirror .A failed deal for Thomas Lemar killed the chances of Alexis moving in the summer, and with Liverpool the front-runners for the Monaco man now, Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to the Leicester City star. Both Sanchez and Mahrez would welcome moves, with the former keen to join back up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. Arsenal set to sign Jonny EvansArsenal are close to reaching an agreement with West Bromwich Albion for Jonny Evans, says The Sun . Manchester City were also linked with the defender and even made a bid for him in the summer, but it seems the Gunners are now leading the chase for his signature.