Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points despite enduring a frustrating night against Leicester City at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side started the game in explosive fashion as they sought to capitalise on Manchester City’s defeat at Newcastle and took an early lead when Sadio Mane finished off a sublime 30-pass move in the third minute.

But Liverpool failed to build on their fine start and Harry Maguire deservedly equalised in front of the Kop at the end of the first half after the hosts failed to deal with a free-kick carelessly conceded by left-back Andrew Robertson.

Maguire had earlier escaped a red card after deliberately fouling Mane 40 yards from goal when the winger looked to sprint clear, while Liverpool were denied a second-half penalty when Naby Keita was fouled by Ricardo Pereira.

Liverpool could have gone seven points clear with victory over a team that had lost their previous three league and cup games.

However Leicester were threatening throughout and are only the second team to leave Anfield without suffering defeat in the league this season, following Pep Guardiola’s side on 7 October.

Nerves set in at Anfield

Despite moving a further point ahead of Guardiola’s City, this result will be widely viewed as two points dropped.

Except for their initial flurry, Klopp’s side were nervous, sluggish and far from their free-flowing best – yet they remain in a strong position with 14 games remaining as they chase a first league title since 1990.

Liverpool had won seven top-flight games in a row at Anfield and it looked like another victory was on the cards when Senegal winger Mane struck after cutting inside and scoring with a low, skidding shot.

Brazil striker Roberto Firmino was then denied by a fine save from Kasper Schmeichel but the Foxes grew into a game that turned out to be anything but straightforward for the leaders.

Alisson, who gifted Leicester a goal at the King Power Stadium on 1 September, made two mistakes in the first half, with the second error leading to a golden chance for James Maddison, who headed wide.

Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, who was ill in the build-up to the game, was also not at his imperious best and Leicester’s equaliser came when he failed to pick up England centre-back Maguire at the back post.

Liverpool were frustrated when Martin Atkinson ignored claims for a penalty in the 58th minute after Pereira clipped Keita, but a draw was the correct outcome on a night when the Reds missed an opportunity to open up a significant advantage at the top.

(Source:BBC Sport)

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