The Premier League title race was tipped as being a two-horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City, but it’s certainly starting to look as if City are falling away – despite the fact that they are the reigning Champions of England.
In their place is a resurgent Leicester City side who are more than willing to push Liverpool every single step of the way. As reported by BBC and The Guardian, though, their plans on doing just that fell apart a little bit earlier today.
Making a surge
Liverpool came toe to toe with a Watford side that seemed to regain their spark as a result of Nigel Pearson coming into the mix. The league leaders just couldn’t quite get into a rhythm and that clearly threw them off to some degree.
Alas, a goal in either half from Mohamed Salah proved that this team just doesn’t need to play all that well in order to get a result these days.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media in the aftermath of the win.
“It was not the prettiest game but I am more than happy with that. At this stage you have to show resilience and I believe we did that today. We have so many games but we are happy with this. Watford had their chances but we scored ours. We could have made the game easier for us but it’s intense to be constantly in charge of the game. We have to defend with passion not organisation sometimes and that was sometimes now, right?”
For the many
Leicester, on the other hand, were shocked into life when Norwich took an unlikely lead through Teemu Pukki. Unfortunately for the relegation strugglers it was a lead they were unable to hold onto, as Jamie Vardy forced a key mistake from Tim Krul to equalise and earn a point for the Foxes who just couldn’t find themselves a winner.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers wasn’t about to hit the panic button after the game, though.
“When you play at home you always want to win. I think the players showed a great mentality. Norwich started bright and deservedly went in front but second half we were much better.
“It just looked like one of those games. It’s a point and we need to look forwards now. The players have been brilliant. When you are on that winning run you believe you are going to win every game but of course it does not work like that. We were not 100% on it. We need to set the reset button.”
Liverpool now face a hectic period that will see them face Aston Villa in the League Cup and an unknown side in the Club World Cup within a span of less than 24 hours. On the flip side Leicester’s immediate future is a little bit less hectic, as they prepare to take on Everton in their own League Cup quarter-final before heading to the Etihad to play Manchester City in a game that will really prove their worth in this title race.