What a difference a few months make. While nobody truly expected Leicester City to retain their Premier League crown, the Foxes have endured a rocky start to their defence regardless.
It appears that an unexpected loss at the hands of Hull City on the opening weekend truly set the tone. Moreover, their tumultuous start has been exemplified this weekend with a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.
However, the defeat was worsened by the manner of the loss. This was no more apparent than via Liverpool’s fourth goal where a mad rush of blood from Kasper Schmeichel saw the Reds presented with an improbable gift.
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Leicester have done all they can this summer to ensure they continue their title winning momentum of last season.
Currently though, their efforts seem in vein. Despite breaking their transfer record on three occasions no less and holding onto Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the Foxes linger in 15th place after four games.
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Such disappointing form didn’t cease upon a trip to Anfield. Goals from Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana as well as a brace from Robert Firmino saw the champions ship four goals on Merseyside.
The away side did bag a consolation goal in the first-half, but it simply proved a product of Lucas Leiva’s catastrophic attempted back pass.
Liverpool’s fourth goal came in somewhat unorthodox circumstances however and proved something of a gift from their opponents.
Upon a late counter attack, Schmeichel embarked on a ludicrous 50-yard dash from his goal to try and dispossess Mane. Despite his best efforts, the Dane failed and could only watch as Firmino eventually delivered the punishment.
The volatile sweeper keeper impression can be seen below:
It’s fair to say Leicester fans weren’t best pleased and the Kop, on the other hand, have been busy thanking Schmeichel directly for the fourth goal. The unusual nature of the finish has caused an inevitable stir on Twitter.
Here are the pick of the tweets:
However, regardless of whether Schemichel executed the tackle or not, Leicester would still have been on the receiving end of a weighty defeat. If the Foxes are to stop the rot, they simply have to iron out individual errors such as these.
As for their Danish shot stopper’s attempt at a being a sweeper keeper, he should leave it to Neuer.
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