Jamie Vardy's injury-time penalty against Southampton gave Leicester City a piece of Premier League history by sealing a 9-0 win at St Mary's.

Vardy and Ayoze Perez both scored hat-tricks in a triumph that equalled the previous best in the competition's history, while also representing the biggest top-flight win away from home in 131 years of league football in England.

Here, we look back at the matches that proved to be the stuff of wildest dreams or darkest nightmares for the teams on the respective sides of a yawning gulf in class.

 

Southampton 0-9 Leicester City – October 25, 2019

Ryan Bertrand was sent off for a challenge in the build-up to Ben Chilwell's 10th-minute opener but that was scant excuse for the manner in which Ralph Hasenhuttl's side unravelled. Youri Tielemans was granted ample room to double the lead, then Perez began romping towards a hat-trick he completed a minute before Vardy's headed second made it 7-0 in the 58th minute. A James Maddison free-kick and a Vardy penalty took this defeat in to uncharted territory for a home side.

Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town – March 4, 1995

No longer the outright worst after a quarter of a century out on their own, Ipswich's beleaguered XI from this Old Trafford outing might well raise a glass to Vardy and his colleagues. Andy Cole scored five after Roy Keane began the rout in the 15th minute. Former Southampton manager Mark Hughes hit a quickfire second-half double and Paul Ince also got in on the act. Peter Schmeichel watched it all unfold from the other end, just as his son Kasper did in goal for Leicester on Friday.

Tottenham 9-1 Wigan Athletic – November 22, 2009

Wigan had a slither of hope when Paul Scharner pulled a goal back to make it 3-1 before the hour at White Hart Lane. Ultimately, the only significance of that strike was to keep them off the top of this list. Jermain Defoe was the Cole of the piece, rattling in five goals from the 51st minute onwards, while Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and Nico Kranjcar piled on the pain. Remarkably, Peter Crouch's ninth-minute header was the only goal of the 10 scored before half-time.

That same season, Wigan lost 8-0 at Chelsea, who beat Aston Villa by the same margin at Stamford Bridge two years later. Newcastle United claimed the division's first 8-0 scoreline at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday in 1999.

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland – October 18, 2014

The St Mary's faithful at least know what it feels like to be on the joyous end of what they endured against Leicester. The boot was on the other foot five years ago, although what exactly Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini and his boots were trying to achieve when he inexplicably walloped into his own net after 12 minutes remains anyone's guess. But that was 1-0 at that stage, with Graziano Pelle scoring the first of a brace six minutes later. Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane also scored, with Liam Bridcutt joining Vergini in putting through his own goal.

Manchester City 8-0 Watford – September 21, 2019

United's outright record surprisingly remained intact despite their neighbours racing into a 5-0 lead inside 18 minutes against Watford last month. David Silva netted from close range inside a minute, with Riyad Mahrez winning a penalty for Sergio Aguero before scoring himself. Bernardo Silva opened his tally on the way to a hat-trick, with Nicolas Otamendi a more unlikely first-half goalscorer. Kevin De Bruyne masterfully orchestrated the destruction of a side City demolished 6-0 in May's FA Cup final and wrapped up the scoring with an emphatic strike into the top corner.

Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester United 8 – February 6, 1999

The biggest away win the Premier League had seen until Leicester went about their savagery. This seemed fairly standard stuff for Alex Ferguson's majestic treble-winning side as Dwight Yorke and Cole scored twice against an overmatched Forest, who would finish the season bottom of the table. Standard, that was, until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emerged from the bench and pilfered four goals in the final 10 minutes at the City Ground.

Leicester City claimed a slice of Premier League history when they crushed an abject Southampton 9-0 at St Mary's on Friday.

Ryan Bertrand's red card for a challenge in the build-up to Ben Chilwell's 10th-minute opener put Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints at a disadvantage, but the collapse that followed was humiliating.

Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both netted hat-tricks, with Youri Tielemans and James Maddison also getting in on the act as Brendan Rodgers' Foxes ran riot.

Here, with some help from Opta, we look some of the remarkable statistics thrown up on a stormy English night when it rained goals.

9 – Leicester's nine unanswered goals made this the joint-biggest Premier League win of all time, level with Manchester United's 9-0 thrashing of Ipswich Town in March 1995.

0 – Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel kept a clean sheet for the Foxes – just like his father Peter did for United when they demolished Ipswich 24-and-a-half years ago.

131 – The margin of victory is the largest by a top-flight side away from home in the 131-year history of league football in England. It was also Southampton's biggest defeat of all time.

2 – Leicester became the second side to have two players score a hat-trick in the same Premier League game after Arsenal duo Jermaine Pennant and Robert Pires in May 2003 – also against Southampton.

5 – Rodgers' men were 5-0 up at half-time, making them the second away team in the Premier League to accomplish this feat after Manchester City did so at Burnley in April 2010. The latter game at Turf Moor finished 6-1.

3 – Perez made it back-to-back trebles against Southampton. He claimed all Newcastle United's goals and the matchball in a 3-1 win over Saints in April this year. The last player to score successive Premier League hat-tricks against the same opponent was Luis Suarez for Liverpool against Norwich City in April and September of 2012.

50 – Perez's second goal was his 50th in all competitions in English football.

19 – Leicester led 3-0 after 19 minutes. They had not scored three unanswered goals so quickly in a top-flight game since racing ahead inside eight minutes versus Derby County in April 1998.

20 – After 10 games, Leicester have 20 points – one more than at the same stage of their 2015-16 title-winning campaign.

3 – Bertrand's dismissal meant Southampton had their numbers reduced in a third straight meeting with Leicester. Newcastle were shown four red cards in a row versus Liverpool, a streak of shame that concluded in May 2014.

Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy hit hat-tricks as Leicester City stormed to a record-equalling 9-0 Premier League win over a beleaguered 10-man Southampton at St Mary's.

Perez, a close-season signing from Newcastle United, was fouled in the build-up to Ben Chilwell's 10th-minute opener – an incident that saw Ryan Bertrand sent off after a VAR review.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's home side failed comprehensively to deal with their numerical disadvantage as the goals rained in amid a torrential downpour on England's south coast – Youri Tielemans scoring number two before Perez's first Leicester goal set him on the way to a share of the matchball.

The goals flooded in, and James Maddison's superb free-kick made it 8-0 – which at the time matched the biggest margin of away victory in Premier League history.

Leicester went one better still when Vardy won and converted a stoppage-time penalty, to bring the Foxes level with Manchester United's 9-0 shellacking of Ipswich Town in March 1995.

Brendan Rodgers felt Liverpool were fortunate to be awarded the penalty that led to their 95th-minute winner in a game in which he believes Leicester City held their own.

Liverpool led at the break through Sadio Mane but passed up several chances to increase their advantage, leading to James Maddison levelling 10 minutes from time.

But the Premier League leaders rallied and Mane won a stoppage-time penalty as he tangled with Marc Albrighton, with James Milner clinical from the spot.

Rodgers described the award as "very soft" and suggested the VAR, with approved the referee's decision, would not have overturned the call if it had gone Leicester's way.

"To concede a 95th-minute penalty was difficult to take," the former Liverpool boss said. "I thought we deserved a point from the game.

"You come to the European champions and you have to be resilient and deal with moments of pressure and show your own qualities. I felt we did that.

"To come from behind, it looked as the half wore on, I thought we could go on and win the game. We conceded a goal when we were in control of the situation.

"I thought it was a very soft penalty - I didn't think it was a clear and obvious penalty, that's for sure. But when the referee gives it, it's probably hard for the VAR to go against it. It was disappointing.

"But I'm very proud of the team and the personality we showed against a top-class side with so many qualities. To come here and be that competitive, it shows we are very much on the right path."

He added on Mane's role in the penalty: "I think he has made the most of the contact. We're in control of the situation.

"Strikers now, modern strikers, they are clever. He has had a touch and gone over. If the referee didn't give it, I don't think anyone would have said it was a clear and obvious error. Unfortunately, it went against us."

Another of several late flashpoints saw Hamza Choudhury booked for a challenge on Mohamed Salah that saw the Liverpool man hobble off with an apparent ankle issue.

Jurgen Klopp was critical of Choudhury, who has been involved in similar previous incidents with Jonathan Bamba and Matt Ritchie, but Rodgers leapt to his defence.

"I don't think it was an overly bad challenge," Rodgers said. "Mo Salah is coming inside and the speed he travels and Hamza is coming back, there is a clash.

"I'm not sure if it looks like a dead leg or whatever? I have tried to look at it again on the images but the camera is quite a way away.

"The emotion of the game, at that time, it might seem worse than it was. He was just getting himself back. Mo Salah cuts across him and there's a collision.

"He's an honest boy, Hamza, he makes challenges, he's aggressive but I don't think there was anything malicious."

Ayoze Perez and Andy Robertson also clashed at the final whistle, yet Rodgers dismissed the incident as "nothing".

Jurgen Klopp insisted he was unsurprised by Brendan Rodgers' success since the Leicester City boss was sacked by Liverpool four years ago.

After just over three years at the helm at Anfield, Rodgers was replaced by Klopp before moving to Celtic, where he won back-to-back trebles.

Rodgers took over at Leicester in February and his side are flying in third in the Premier League ahead of a trip to Anfield on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman's success since leaving Liverpool has come as no surprise to Klopp, who talked up Rodgers' quality.

"For the public, when a manager gets the sack, they think he lost his football brain or something. That is not how it happened," the Liverpool manager told UK newspapers.

"The situation. I do not know 100 per cent, but Brendan's quality could not be the reason because I know how Liverpool were playing before and they were flying.

"We played them with [Borussia] Dortmund. We were not in the best shape that day and we lost 4-0. They played really well and I really respected him as a manager.

"Whatever it was I do not know, but it was not his quality as a coach. As easy as that. But of course, expectations and relationships, whatever, between who and who, if that does not work anymore the club has to make a decision. I know that about me.

"If one day the club has to make a decision that would not say anything about me at that moment. Brendan reached the level he reached – Chelsea assistant, Swansea manager, Liverpool manager – very young, then going to Celtic and being very successful. Going to Leicester just proves what I thought. I am not a bit surprised."

Liverpool are five points clear atop the Premier League table with seven wins from as many games to begin the campaign.

Ahead of the pair's teams preparing to do battle, Klopp – who still rents Rodgers' house in Formby – discussed how the 46-year-old had accepted his Liverpool sacking.

"We sat in the living room talking to each other about the pride and expectations and stuff and a little bit about the team as well, but that is normal," he said.

"He was not at all frustrated or anything, he took it like a man to be honest. I knew the team, it was a normal conversation."

Jurgen Klopp believes Leicester City are "100 per cent" contenders for Champions League qualification as only their name sets them apart from the Premier League's top six.

Leicester are not considered among the established elite in England, despite winning the title in 2015-16, but they head into Saturday's game against Klopp's Liverpool sitting third in the table.

With Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all showing signs of weakness in the opening weeks of the season, the possibility of Leicester breaching not just the top six but the top four has been openly discussed.

Klopp certainly sees no reason why the Foxes should not be aiming high, believing they can produce a campaign second only to their title-winning heroics.

"It looks like [they can compete for the top four], 100 per cent," Klopp told a pre-match news conference.

"There is no difference to all the top-six teams - apart from maybe the name. For sure, this is the second best year they will have.

"It's built from the back. The goalie is still there, the defence looks solid, the midfield is creative and hard-working, and offensively they are really creative and straightforward. That is how you build a team.

"[James] Maddison was not fit for the last game so [Dennis] Praet came in, a player I have known for a long time.

"It's built in a way that you would want to build a team, from the back. And it's not forbidden to show up in the top four. Everyone who is ready for that will fight for it. They will fight for it until the end."

Leicester's visit will also see manager Brendan Rodgers return to Anfield for the first time since his sacking in 2015, which came just over a year on from leading Liverpool to within a whisker of their first championship since 1990.

Klopp is now the man aiming to end the Reds' drought, but he hopes Rodgers will be granted a warm reception.

"I hope from the fans the reception will be OK. From my side, it's fine," said Klopp, who rents Rodgers' old house. "All the issues from a couple of years ago, when we started living in his house, are sorted.

"We love living there. We pay our rent for him, so I'm not sure he has to work but he still does. You're welcome!

"He's doing really well. I'm not surprised, to be honest. I knew when I came that he was not the reason that things didn't work out.

"And since then, he did an incredible job at Celtic and then Leicester, re-building a lot of the players who were there before him. Good signings as well, and a brilliant team.

"What they do is really good. They are just exciting, fresh, defend well, play football and are especially threatening. Congratulations to them.

"The reception, I think, will be good, from my side and from the supporters as well. But it's still not a friendly game, and we want to make sure we are there to perform as well. Hopefully we can do that."

Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell says he has no regrets over missing out on a move to Liverpool earlier in his career.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers tried to sign the England international during his time in charge of the Reds.

Chilwell was 17 when talks involving his agent, Leicester and Liverpool ultimately ended with him remaining at King Power Stadium.

Now 22, the defender is a regular for England under Gareth Southgate and an established member of a team sitting third in the Premier League.

"Definitely no regrets," Chilwell told Sky Sports.

"When I look at how the last four or five years have gone, starting eight games now for the England team is something I'm very happy with.

"Leicester was the right place for me to be at the time and the older players have helped me a lot.

"The staff have kept me grounded. Definitely no regrets."

Chilwell will get a taste of what might have been when Leicester visit the Premier League leaders on Saturday.

The match is to be Rodgers' first at Anfield since being sacked by Liverpool in October 2015.

"Any manager going back to their old stadium will want to get a win," said Chilwell, who described the former Celtic boss as being "loved" by Leicester's squad.

"He's very relaxed, training's been the same as it has been the whole season.

"It would be nice to go there and put on a performance for the boss."

Beating a struggling 10-man Newcastle United 5-0 may be no sign of a team's quality but Leicester City can send the Premier League a message when Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield this weekend.

The Foxes are third in the league, having taken 14 points from their seven matches, with last month's 1-0 loss away to Manchester United their only defeat in the 2019-20 season so far.

That trip to Old Trafford was supposed to act as a marker for Leicester, a chance to show they are ready to challenge the established elite, but Marcus Rashford's early penalty was enough to settle the contest.

Liverpool have yet to drop a point in the league this season and are on a 16-game winning run that dates back to last term, though Rodgers and Leicester could give the Reds' perfect record a serious test.


IN BETTER SHAPE THAN 2015-16?

No football fan will ever forget Claudio Ranieri leading Leicester to the Premier League title, but Rodgers' side have started the season in stronger form than the Foxes did four years ago.

At this stage of their title-winning campaign, Leicester were yet to keep a clean sheet having gone down 5-2 at home to Arsenal, while they had 12 points on the board compared to this term's tally.

Of course, this does not mean Leicester are going to repeat their 5,000/1 heroics, as Pep Guardiola's two-time champions Manchester City and - to a slightly lesser extent Liverpool - have completely changed the game since then.

Leicester capitalised on the traditional 'big six' - City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United - all having poor seasons to secure an improbable triumph, topping the table with 81 points, having drawn 12 games and lost three. Teams need to target 100 points to win the title now.

That is not to say Leicester did not deserve their season in the sun - they won the league by a comfortable margin of 10 points after all - but the set of circumstances that led to their triumph are highly unlikely to be repeated in 2019-20, as Liverpool's winning streak shows.

But Rodgers' Leicester are in a serious position of strength, with quality running deep through their squad. Could the same be said for Ranieri's squad? They were more reliant on a small group of players who featured in most matches.


VARDY STILL LEADS THE WAY

Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel are the two main stars left at Leicester from 15-16, providing stability and reliable quality at each end of the pitch, with Wes Morgan now a back-up option.

Vardy has hit five goals in seven Premier League games, while Schmeichel has helped Rodgers' men concede only five times. They are level with leaders Liverpool as the tightest defence in the league despite the club-record sale of star defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United.

The importance of Vardy to Leicester cannot be understated. Nonplussed with his role under Claude Puel, when Leicester played a style completely ill-suited to his abilities, but the striker is now back to his best.

Since Rodgers' first match in charge in March, Vardy has scored 14 times in 17 Premier League appearances, which is more than any other player in the competition in that time. That Vardy gave up England duty also suits Leicester, as the 32-year-old can rest up during international breaks.

Vardy is providing a goal or an assist every 95 minutes during the Rodgers era, compared to every 105 minutes on average when Leicester became champions. 


SQUAD STRENGTH KEY FOR FOXES

Leicester are not a one-man team, though. James Maddison has forced his way into England reckoning by virtue of eight Premier League goals since he signed from Norwich City last year, while his 111 chances created is more than anyone in the Premier League since the start of the 2018-19 season.

There is an argument Leicester are a better unit now than in their title-winning season when Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante were Ranieri's undoubted star trio, while there are more options in forward positions after investment in the squad.

Wilfred Ndidi, who scored the last goal in Leicester's 5-0 rout of Newcastle, is performing a passable Kante impression in midfield, while full-backs Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira are attacking upgrades on Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs from the title-winning XI.

Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans - a reported transfer target for Manchester United earlier this year - would be strong options get into that team as well, perhaps replacing Shinji Okazaki and Danny Drinkwater respectively, although Rodgers' system is different to Ranieri's more traditional 4-4-2.

On paper at least, this current Leicester vintage is arguably stronger than the 15-16 heroes.


DATA DIVE HINTS AT IMMINENT DOWNTURN

An examination of Opta data indicates Leicester are over-performing right now and could therefore drop down the table in the coming weeks - although after going to Anfield their next three league games are all eminently winnable: Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (A).

Perceived wisdom tends to claim Leicester were lucky in 15-16, but their tally of 68 goals was slightly under their season xG (expected goals - a metric that explains quality of chances created) score of 69.3, suggesting results were around what was to be expected from their performances.

This season, though, Leicester's xG stands at just 7.84 - above only Crystal Palace and Newcastle. They have scored 13 goals for an xG difference of 5.2, meaning they are vastly overperforming. Typically, xG figures stabilise as the season progresses, but this is not always the case. The Foxes' xG difference in 2017-18 was also 5.2.

Leicester have one of the highest xG differences in the league, which means they have been clinical but may also hint a correction is on the cards. Since ex-Celtic boss Rodgers took over, Leicester have converted 46 per cent of their big chances, compared to 40.2 per cent in 15-16.

Rodgers has also tweaked the Foxes' style after they played on the break to great effect under Ranieri. Possession stands at 55.5 per cent for Leicester under their current manager, while it was down at 42.4 per cent in their title season. Passing accuracy is up from 70.5 per cent to 82.3 per cent, too.

The xG data may indicate Leicester's status as top-six - or even top-four contenders - is in doubt despite issues for Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and United. No team has broken the dominance of the 'big six' since Leicester.

If Rodgers can inspire a positive result against the team he almost led to a maiden Premier League title in 2013-14, the numbers might just be proved wrong.

Two of the Premier League's form sides face off on Saturday, as Liverpool welcome Leicester City, along with their former manager Brendan Rodgers, to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side may have narrowly missed out to Manchester City in the title race last season, but already hold a five-point advantage over the defending champions after seven games.

The Reds have won all of their league outings so far, though you expect they will have to be better than they were against Sheffield United last time out if they are to defeat a Leicester side that is going from strength to strength under Rodgers.

Leicester – tipped before the season started as genuine top-six contenders following a strong end to 2018-19 – have won four of their last five matches, with their only defeat of the campaign coming at Old Trafford.

A 5-0 demolition of 10-man Newcastle United last weekend followed on from a hard-fought, if slightly fortuitous, win over Tottenham and the question now is whether Leicester can prove their credentials for a top-six finish, if not better, against the European champions.

 

RODGERS RETURNS TO MERSEYSIDE

This match will be Rodgers' first trip back to Anfield since he was sacked by Liverpool in October 2015.

The former Swansea City boss almost led Liverpool to the league title in 2013-14, but City pipped them to the post after a number of big moments went against the Reds.

Since Rodgers took over at Leicester following the dismissal of predecessor Claude Puel, only City and Liverpool have won more Premier League points than the Foxes' haul of 31.

Klopp, of course, took charge at Anfield after Rodgers had left, with Liverpool – under his stewardship – returning back to the top table of European football and competing for the league title on a consistent basis.

While Rodgers will be keen to prove himself to Liverpool all over again, this time by inflicting their first defeat of the season, Leicester's best efforts may not be enough if Klopp's men – who have won 16 league games in a row – play close to their full capability.

HEAD TO HEAD: SADIO MANE V JAMIE VARDY

Sadio Mane shared last season's Golden Boot with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the Senegal international has kept up his sparkling form.

With four goals already this season, Mane needs one more to bring up his 50th in the league for Liverpool in what would be his 100th appearance for the club.

But Leicester have a fearsome forward of their own in the form of Jamie Vardy, who has started the season in style with five goals.

Vardy has relished playing against Liverpool in the past, with only Andrew Cole and Thierry Henry scoring more times against them in the Premier League than Leicester's number nine.

The 32-year-old averages a goal every 126 minutes, ever-so-slightly better than Mane's effort of 129.5 minutes per goal and since the start of 2010-11 only Sergio Aguero has a better minutes per goal ratio against the 'big six' than Vardy, while he has also converted 50 per cent of six big chances created for him this term.

In comparison, Mane's big-chance conversion percentage is 33.3, though the ex-Southampton forward has created 12 opportunities for his team-mates, albeit only resulting in one assist.

Both players have had 34 touches in the opposition box so far and have each managed seven shots on target, though Mane has completed nine dribbles compared to Vardy's zero.

FORM GUIDE

Liverpool's current run of 16 consecutive Premier League victories is the second longest in English top-flight history, bettered only by City between August and December 2017, when Pep Guardiola's side won 18 matches in a row.

While Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 43 home league games, Leicester have been in indifferent form on the road so far this season, though they have played both Manchester United and Chelsea, losing at Old Trafford but drawing at Stamford Bridge.

Their one away win came at Bramall Lane, where Liverpool laboured to a 1-0 victory last time out thanks to Dean Henderson's howler.

It was possibly the least convincing display from the Reds so far this season, with Klopp's side having been mightily impressive on the whole, defeating both Arsenal and Chelsea.

However, they had only managed to keep one clean sheet prior to Saturday's win in Sheffield, with Leicester sure to test Virgil van Dijk and co at the back.

HISTORY SAYS…

The Reds are unbeaten in their last 43 home league games, which is the longest ongoing run in the top five European leagues, and Liverpool's second longest in the top flight. 

Coincidently, their previous best of 63 between February 1978 and December 1980 was eventually ended by Leicester.

But the good omens end there for Leicester, who have not beat Liverpool in their last eight trips to Anfield in the Premier League since a 2-0 win in May 2000.

Leicester have lost 11 of their last 13 Premier League games against sides starting the day top of the table, with their last such victory coming in January 1998.

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson is the only manager to have previously managed the Reds in the Premier League and won away against them in the competition.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned that Jamie Vardy will run riot for Leicester City at Anfield if the Reds defend like they did in the seven-goal Champions League thriller against Salzburg.

Champions League holders Liverpool surrendered a three-goal lead before eventually overcoming Salzburg 4-3 in Group E on Wednesday.

Liverpool, who lost to Napoli on matchday one, cruised into a 3-0 lead by the 36th-minute mark thanks to Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.

However, Austrian visitors Salzburg scored three unanswered goals in 21 minutes to sensationally restore parity before Salah's match-winner in the 69th minute.

Liverpool's attention now turns to Saturday's visit of third-placed Leicester and Klopp had some advice for his team as they look to preserve their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.

"If we would now lose complete faith in ourselves when things are getting a bit more difficult in a game [it would be silly]," Klopp told reporters.

"For tonight it's done but the job will be similar on Saturday and we have only three days to recover. Christian Fuchs was here tonight as a pundit and all of the others [Leicester players] were on the sofa and watched the game, so that's slightly different preparation for that game.

"I am sure Brendan Rodgers thinks if we protect like we did tonight then Jamie Vardy will probably run through five times alone on the goalkeeper."

On Salzburg's comeback, which was led by Hwang Hee-chan, Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland on Merseyside, Klopp added: "How do I explain that? I think it was obvious: we left the very successful path of the first 30 minutes. That was some of the best football we played so far, against how we all saw a little bit later a very well organised team with a clear idea and identity.

"We did everything they don't like, on a high speed, scored the three goals, could have scored more. They changed the system that's allowed and is not really a problem usually, but tonight it was for us because we changed the approach a little bit for some reason. Some were in a controlling mood, some were in an attacking mood, other positions were too hectic. The main problem was that we tried to finish our situations off through the middle of the park; they had one midfielder less in the defensive [area] because they took a bit more risk and left a No.10 in between the lines.

"So they had one midfielder less and we still tried to push through the centre. We lost the balls there, they passed the ball to the No.10, he could turn at the back of Fabinho, could turn and counter-attack. That changed the momentum of the game."

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino claimed the goal his side had disallowed by VAR inspired Leicester City to their victorious fightback at the King Power Stadium.

Spurs had a 1-0 lead through Harry Kane in the Premier League fixture on Saturday when Serge Aurier’s low angled drive nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

However, referee Paul Tierney reviewed the goal by VAR and it showed Son Heung-min was offside by the thinnest of margins in Spurs’ build-up so it was chalked off.

Leicester equalised shortly afterwards through Ricardo Pereira before James Maddison secured a 2-1 victory for the Foxes with a sublime long-range strike.

Pochettino believed the VAR decision was a decisive one which gave Leicester hope, when a second goal for his side would have killed the game as a contest.

"It gives belief to a team that could have been dead," Pochettino said, as his 250th match in charge of Spurs ended in defeat.

"Both sides are affected by this situation. If we score the second, the game is over.

"That is football. It is true to concede two goals every game makes it difficult to win. Before we concede we were the best side.

"After we concede at 1-1 we had chances to score the second. But in Premier League it is the most beautiful league because it is never over."

Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers revealed the psychology of VAR decisions in matches was something he discussed with his team during team meetings before the new campaign.

The Foxes were denied a goal themselves when Wilfried Ndidi scrambled the ball home from close range when the scoreline was goalless.

"We spoke with the players in pre-season about VAR," Rodgers said 

"You have to deal with it, sometimes for you and against you. Have to accept it and move on. It was a very important three points.

"It's what happens with VAR, you have to get your head round it. It works for you and against you. It worked both ways for us today."

It meant Pochettino was left to rue another miserable Premier League away day without victory, a run that stretches back nine games to January.

"We need to improve our performance away from home," said the Tottenham boss. "We are going to work hard and improve. In the big picture, I am disappointed but very positive and optimistic."

Rodgers, meanwhile, reserved praise for Maddison’s spectacular winner.

"James didn't have his best game for him, but he is a top-level player," added the Northern Irishman. "He is a top young player, with so much improvement to make. He always has an eye for goal."

James Maddison's superb long-range strike helped Leicester City come from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 following VAR controversy at the King Power Stadium.

Harry Kane's brilliant improvised finish saw Spurs head into half-time with the advantage on Saturday but a spirited Leicester, who had seen an Ayoze Perez goal chalked off early on, fought back following the interval.

After a Serge Aurier strike had been ruled out by VAR due to the tightest of offside decisions, Ricardo Pereira got the Foxes back on level terms when he arrived to convert Jamie Vardy's low cross.

Leicester's comeback was then crowned when the impressive Maddison struck from distance five minutes from time.

The result means Tottenham have still not won an away game in the Premier League since January, while Leicester climb above them into the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Scott McTominay as one of Manchester United's leaders after his performance in the 1-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

United ended a three-game winless Premier League run thanks to Marcus Rashford's eighth-minute penalty at Old Trafford.

McTominay produced a standout display in midfield in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba, shackling James Maddison while triggering United's counter-attacks as they kept Leicester comfortably at bay.

"He's improving, isn't he?" Solskjaer said of the 22-year-old. "Today, I thought he was excellent. He lost the ball a couple of times, which you'd expect because he's learning his new role as a sitting midfielder.

"He goes into tackles, challenges, fights... if there are teams trying to intimidate us, he's there, he's a leader. I wouldn't want to go into a 50-50 with him, put it that way."

While McTominay impressed in midfield, United centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, playing against his former club, also performed well to keep Leicester striker Jamie Vardy on the fringes of the action.

"I thought they did excellent," said Solskjaer. "They read the game well. I've got loads of admiration for Vardy, he's my type of centre-forward: runs in behind, harasses and you've got to be spot on with your decision-making.

"Both of them proved their worth today. There were a couple of races and Harry did well against him."

While Solskjaer acknowledged the overall performance was not of the highest quality, he was happy for his players to be given a boost after three matches without a victory.

"When you play, when you coach, you don't get carried away when you win a game that we maybe don't deserve to win but we don't get down in the dumps when we don't win games we should win," he said.

"The performances have been miles better than this. We just have to wake up with a smile and have the day off and relax a bit."

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers felt Rashford's penalty was harsh, although probably correct, but he believes Caglar Soyuncu will learn from the incident after a careless shove on the United forward.

"It was a soft penalty, harsh, but I think it was [correct]," he said. "For young Caglar, he'll learn to have that wee bit of patience. Marcus is cute, he's bright, waiting for the contact, and he gets the penalty. We reacted well to it in the end, it's just a little frustrating we didn't take something from it.

"[Soyuncu] has been fantastic, stepping in since Harry went, and I thought he was dominant in the game today. There's a lot of young players in the squad and they'll make mistakes.

"In the game as a whole, there weren't so many chances. We're a bit frustrated: we didn't start the game well, we put ourselves on the back foot and conceded a penalty early on."

Leicester City are unbeaten and seemingly ready to rattle Manchester United when the Premier League resumes on Saturday.

Their Old Trafford record might be poor but a strong start to the new season and an in-form Jamie Vardy make the Foxes a fearsome prospect.

Harry Maguire will be tasked with stopping his former team-mate and delivering a clean sheet which would steady Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side following a three-game winless streak.

History, according to the Opta data, is in United's favour, but this Leicester side is on the rise.

 

LEICESTER OFF THE LEASH

Brendan Rodgers took over at King Power Stadium two days after Claude Puel's dismissal in February 2019 and is proving an inspired choice as manager.

Four games into the new season, Leicester have eight points on the board and sit third. 

Avoiding defeat at Old Trafford would not just underscore their credentials as top-four contenders, it would be the second time the Foxes have gone unbeaten in their opening five fixtures since doing so in 2000-01.

The other occasion, in 2015-16, ended with the most miraculous of title triumphs.

Such feats might be beyond this crop of players but there is much to be admired about the work that has delivered Leicester a haul of 25 points during Rodgers' time in charge.

Since March 3, the date of Rodgers' debut defeat at Watford, only Liverpool (40) and Manchester City (37) have claimed more points.

HEAD TO HEAD: MARCUS RASHFORD V JAMIE VARDY

Vardy never really stopped scoring in the years following Leicester's top-flight triumph and yet he still seems a man reborn under the current set-up.

In the time former Celtic boss Rodgers has spent at the helm, the experienced striker has scored a league-high 12 goals.

Solskjaer would love a similar return from Marcus Rashford in the months leading up to Christmas as he attempts to manufacture a high-class centre-forward.

The 21-year-old could do worse than to study what happens at the other end of the pitch on Saturday.

Concerns over whether Rashford can replace Romelu Lukaku at the point of attack centre on an insufficient 'big chance conversion' figure of 26.9 per cent since the start of last season.

Vardy, a more natural goalscorer, has taken 48.7 per cent of his big chances in the same period.

After the 1-1 draw at Southampton, Solskjaer asked his potential leader of the line to eschew spectacular efforts in favour of scoring scruffy goals.

Certainly, Rashford's shot conversation rate of 12 per cent suggests he could be more judicious, particularly as Vardy has taken 15 fewer shots for the accumulation of nine more goals. 

FORM GUIDE

United have lost momentum since steamrolling Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season.

Away draws at Wolves and Southampton would normally be palatable, but not either side of a negligent 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.

Imminently returning to winning ways appears particularly important with the club's Europa League campaign to commence against Astana next week.

Leicester beat Bournemouth 3-1 in their last outing, the result following an EFL Cup triumph at Newcastle United and a hard-earned 2-1 win on the road against Sheffield United.

Earlier draws against Wolves and Chelsea, teams who could finish around them, laid the foundation for an assault on bigger targets.

HISTORY SAYS…

Old Trafford is a true trial for the Foxes.

United might have lost three of their past five Premier League home games but this trip is unlikely to be any less daunting for this weekend's visitors.

From their previous nine visits, Leicester have secured nothing more than a solitary point.

The general record in recent league meetings between the teams makes for similar reading: 15 victories, four draws and a single defeat for United over the course of 20 encounters.

Hamza Choudhury has extended his contract with Leicester City until 2023.

The 21-year-old academy product has played a key part this season, starting all four matches under Brendan Rodgers in all competitions.

Choudhury has been at Leicester since the age of seven and signed a new deal nine months ago, but he has again been rewarded with fresh terms after making a big impact at first-team level.

"It's an amazing feeling to extend my contract at this great football club," he told Leicester's official website. "From being here since the age of seven to extending my deal until 2023, it's been such a long journey and hopefully [there are] many more years to come.

"It's difficult to sum up in so many words, but I've enjoyed every moment of it. There's been highs and lows, like everyone's career, but I'm just enjoying it and trying to fulfil all my potential."

Choudhury made his Foxes debut in September 2017 and has also been capped seven times by England at Under-21s level.

Leicester boss Rodgers sees plenty of potential in the young midfielder, telling reporters at Friday's news conference: "He's a very talented young player who has come through the system here. 

"He knows everything about the club. He's got a lot of work to do, but I’m delighted."

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