Liverpool slipped additional behind Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis after a 1-0 defeat at Leicester
The Reds – with Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho again within the aspect after recovering from Covid-19 – had been awarded a penalty within the sixteenth minute when Mohamed Salah was introduced down by Wilfred Ndidi.
Nevertheless, the Egyptian ahead noticed his spot-kick saved by Kasper Schmeichel and he then headed the rebound in opposition to the crossbar.
Sadio Mane fired over early within the second half, earlier than Leicester took the lead on the hour by way of substitute Ademola Lookman after the previous Everton participant was performed in by Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor.
Schmeichel saved from Van Dijk at shut vary late on because the Reds pressed for an equaliser, however the Foxes held out as Brendan Rodgers celebrated a memorable victory over his outdated membership.
Liverpool, held to a draw by Tottenham of their final match, now sit six factors off the highest, whereas Leicester are ninth.
Earlier, Crystal Palace had inflicted a fifth straight defeat on backside membership Norwich with a cushty 3-0 win at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles, lacking midfielder Conor Gallagher and with Wilfried Zaha suspended, took an early lead from the penalty spot by way of Odsonne Edouard after Kenny McLean was adjudged to have tripped Will Hughes.
Norwich had an opportunity to equalise at a nook, however Jacob Sorensen missed his kick from shut vary – and Palace broke shortly to make it 2-0 within the thirty eighth minute when Jean-Philippe Mateta drilled the ball into the far nook.
Jeffrey Schlupp fired in a 3rd from a good angle simply earlier than half-time to go away the struggling Canaries crestfallen.
Norwich – crushed 5-0 at residence by Arsenal on Boxing Day – improved within the second half, throughout which 18-year-old Jonathan Rowe was despatched on for his first senior membership look, however couldn’t discover a comfort and have failed to attain a objective in December.
Palace noticed a late fourth from substitute Christian Benteke dominated out for offside, and sit tenth.
West Ham climbed to fifth after returning to successful methods with a 4-1 victory at strugglers Watford.
Emmanuel Dennis had given the Hornets an early lead, however Tomas Soucek equalised after being performed into the penalty space on 27 minutes.
Mentioned Benrahma then accomplished the turnaround simply a few minutes later with a deflected effort from Michail Antonio’s cross.
West Ham had been awarded a penalty within the 58th minute, given after referee Darren England had seen the pitchside monitor, and captain Mark Noble made no mistake from the spot.
Substitute Nikola Vlasic added a fourth in stoppage time, scoring his first objective for the membership, to go away Watford seventeenth, simply two factors above the drop zone.
Tottenham missed the possibility to shut up on the Champions League locations after being held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton, who had been right down to 10 males on the finish of the primary half.
After Spurs defender Ben Davies noticed his effort following a free-kick dominated out for offside, James Ward-Prowse fired previous Hugo Lloris to place the hosts forward within the twenty fifth minute.
Tottenham had been degree shortly earlier than half-time when Son Heung-min was introduced down by Mohammed Salisu, who was despatched off for a second warning, and Harry Kane despatched the ensuing penalty.
England captain Kane had the ball within the web once more quickly after the restart, however his objective was dominated out for offside following a VAR assessment.
Tottenham drop to sixth, however have video games in hand on the groups above them.