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Liverpool edge five-goal Leicester City thriller

Liverpool have picked up their first win in five games after a hard-fought victory at Leicester City.

The Reds were almost ahead inside 15 minutes when Emre Can’s low drive struck the post before Mohamed Salah turned the rebound wide from close range.

Salah atoned for the miss within moments as he headed Philippe Coutinho’s pinpoint cross past Kasper Schmeichel to give the Merseyside club the lead.

With a quarter of the game gone, Liverpool looked to be cruising to victory after Coutinho curled a free kick beyond the despairing dive of Schmeichel.

Leicester thought they had pulled a goal back five minutes before the break after a set-piece saw Harry Maguire feed the ball into Shinji Okazaki to slot past Simon Mignolet, only for the offside flag to go up.

However, the Foxes were back on terms in first-half injury time as Okazaki prodded the ball into the net from very close range. Liverpool players immediately surrounded referee Anthony Taylor, enraged by the decision not to award a foul in the build-up, but the goal stood.

Jurgen Klopp’s side restored their two-goal lead with a quarter of the game to go after Jordan Henderson’s side-footed strike proved too much for Schmeichel.

Leicester, however, had other ideas and immediately hit back through Jamie Vardy’s header and the Foxes were then awarded a penalty after Mignolet was adjudged to have fouled the England forward on the edge of the box.

The Belgian keeper, shown only a yellow card despite appearing to be the last man, duly saved Vardy’s kick.

Leicester thought they had another shout for a penalty with Can appeared to handle the ball, only for the referee to wave away the appeals.

Daniel Sturridge went close for Liverpool in the final minutes, but the Reds hung on for a first win since the international break and move into fifth place in the Premier League table.

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