Liverpool vs. Leicester City result, analysis and highlights as two Wout Faes own goals gift hosts win

ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Wout Faes scored two own goals to condemn Leicester to a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

The Foxes had led inside four minutes as Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall walked through the Reds defence to score a goal of barely believable simplicity. 

But the game was turned on its head by half-time, the hapless Faes twice putting through his own net in farcical fashion.

It was more than the hosts deserved, in truth, but they saw out an evenly contested second period to secure a fourth Premier League win on the spin.

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Liverpool vs. Leicester City result

  1H 2H Final
Liverpool 2 0 2
Leicester 1 0 1

Goals:

LEI — Dewsbury-Hall — 4th min
LIV — Faes o.g. — 38th min
LIV — Faes o.g. — 45th min

Liverpool vs. Leicester City as it happened, highlights

FULLTIME: Some late Leicester pressure but there’s not enough time and the whistle sounds. Liverpool take it thanks to those two Wout Faes own goals.

90th min: Four minutes to be added on.

86th min: Elliott and Alexander-Arnold make way, with Bajcetic and Gomez replacing them.

83rd min: Nunez forces Faes into an error that brings him one on one with Ward but he instead choose to play a weak pass to Salah, limiting his teammate’s options to a weak shot that is easily pushed around the post.

The Uruguayan then heads the subsequent corner straight at the keeper. He’s had a lot of shots tonight but to no avail.

81st min: Barnes crashes a shot off the bar but is relieved to see that Vardy had strayed offside before teeing him up in the box.

That would have gone down as a poor miss.

78th min: Keita plays a first-time pass in behind for Nunez but the Uruguayan fires over just inside the box when he should have done a lot better.

77th min: Iheanacho sneaks in behind and sends a low left-footed cross into a dangerous area, forcing Matip to put the ball out for a corner.

Leicester still well in this.

73rd min: Van Dijk nods one down to Salah in the box but the Liverpool striker’s finish is straight into Ward’s legs.

67th min: Nunez exchanges passes with Salah in the box but can’t control the shot, which flies well over the bar.

The Uruguayan has been his usual lively self tonight.

62nd min: Oxlade-Chamberlain and Robertson make way, with Keita and Tsimikas replacing them.

61st min: Dewsbury-Hall meets a ball in from the right-hand side with his head and he should do so much better than to nod it well wide of the post.

The Englishman could have joined Wout Faes on a brace.

59th min: Leicester make a change, Ndidi making way for Tielemans.

54th min: Nunez drives at the Leicester defence and slips in a lovely through ball for Salah but the Egyptian can only pass his attempt beyond the far post.

51st min: Henderson lets a quick Alexander-Arnold throw-in run across him and unleashes a dipping effort that whistles past the post.

48th min: Harsh.

46th min: Liverpool get the game restarted.

HALFTIME: An utterly crazy turnaround in a game in which Liverpool have been a long way from their best. 

Leicester looked sharp on the counter and defensively resolute throughout that half and yet, thanks to two freak own goals, they trail 2-0.

45th min: GOAL! Liverpool in front and can you believe it, it’s their danger man Wout Faes at it again.

Nunez is played in one on one by Oxlade-Chamberlain and dinks a delightful finish past Ward that rather unfortunately comes back off the upright. More fortunately, it’s straight into the onrushing Faes, whose attempt to clear is calamitous and brings him his second own goal of the night.

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38th min: GOAL! Liverpool get back into the game with a massive slice of luck.

Alexander-Arnold’s low cross is met by Faes, but his attempt to divert the ball out of play instead forces it up and over Ward and in at the far post. Leicester probably deserved better for their performance so far.

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35th min: Henderson tries his luck from the edge of the box but it’s an easy one for Ward to collect.

Moments later, Leicester are up the other end where a deft Vardy header sets up Perez for a dangerous cross that is just about cleared. 

27th min: Salah has the ball in the net but the flag is rightly up for offside.

It’s Oxlade-Chamberlain who is beyond the Leicester defence after a Ward clearance hits Salah in the head to start the move.

23rd min: Oxlade-Chamberlain gets Nunez away down the left for a pullback to Salah, but the Egyptian can only find the side-netting.

19th min: Robertson shanks a crossfield pass and Leicester look like they have the numbers in a counterattack.

However, Thiago puts in a well-timed last-ditch tackle to retrieve possession and Liverpool get away with it.

13th min: A break in play as Daka receives treatment in the Liverpool box. Jamie Vardy warming up on the touchline and he will have to come on.

8th min: Leicester looking so dangerous from the early ball in behind, with the pace of Daka, Perez and Barnes causing all sorts of problems for Liverpool.

4th min: GOAL! Dewsbury-Hall opens the scoring for Leicester!

A long pass forward reaches Daka and he draws in Henderson before laying off to Dewsbury-Hall, who has a gaping hole in the Liverpool defence to run through. 

The midfielder takes the invitation and then keeps his cool to prod beyond Alisson – what a start for the visitors. 

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KICKOFF: Leicester get the game started through Ndidi.

10 mins from kickoff: A cold evening here at Anfield but Jurgen Klopp is keen for the fans to create a white-hot atmosphere.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the German said: “We should try and create a special atmosphere.

“We have 12 games until the next break so we need to create atmospheres on the highest level and Friday night is a good night to do that.”

30 mins from kickoff: Some pre-match reading for you on Liverpool’s new man, who unfortunately won’t be involved tonight.

45 mins from kickoff: No Fabinho for Liverpool tonight as his wife is set to give birth to their first child.

1 hr from kickoff: Team news is in!

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Elliott, Thiago, Salah, Nunez, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Leicester: Ward, Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Thomas, Ndidi, Soumare, Dewsbury-Hall, Perez, Barnes, Daka

1.5 hrs from kickoff: The Liverpool players arriving at Anfield as we speak – they’ll be desperate to bring 2022 to a close with three points that will tee them up nicely for a top-four push in the New Year.

2 hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Leicester City in the Premier League.

Liverpool vs. Leicester City lineups

Liverpool make just one change from their win over Villa, with Harvey Elliott replacing Fabinho, who is absent from the squad entirely.

Cody Gakpo has completed his move from PSV to Anfield but he won’t feature until 2023, though Ibrahima Konate returns to the bench.

Liverpool starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson — Elliott, Henderson, Thiago — Salah, Nunez, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Brendan Rodgers leaves Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemanon the bench in a surprise move for his side’s trip to Anfield.

James Maddison is out of the squad after suffering another setback in his recovery.

Leicester City starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ward (GK) — Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Thomas — Soumare, Ndidi — Barnes, Dewsbury-Hall, Perez — Daka

What time is Liverpool vs. Leicester City kick off?

This Premier League clash kicks off at Anfield on Friday, December 30 at 8:00 p.m local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Kickoff time
USA 15:00 ET
Canada 15:00 ET
UK 20:00 GMT
Australia 07:00 AEDT*
India 01:30 IST*
Hong Kong 04:00 HKT*
Malaysia 04:00 MYT*
Singapore 04:00 SGT*
New Zealand 09:00 NZDT*

*Game starts on December 31 in these time zones

Liverpool vs. Leicester City live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA Peacock
Canada fuboTV
UK Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go, NOW TV
Australia Optus Sport 1 Optus Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport Sky Sports
India Star Sports Select 1 Star Sports Select
Hong Kong 620 Now Premier League, 621 Now Premier League now TV
Malaysia Astro Super Sport 3 Super Sport
Singapore 221 Hub Premier 1 StarHub TV+

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with selected matches on Amazon Prime. This match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League channels.

USA: The match will not be televised in the US but can be streamed via Peacock.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport. 

India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).

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