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Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson: "We played some brilliant stuff"

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson:

Skipper Jordan Henderson restored Liverpool's two goal cushion before Mignolet could only parry a shot into the path of Jamie Vardy to cut the Merseyside outfit's lead.

The Reds edged a thrilling contest at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening - the second meeting between the two sides in five days - thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Henderson. Since his arrival at Anfield from Sunderland in 2013, he has kept nearly half of the penalties he has faced (including one against Stoke City on his debut) - a better record than any other keeper in that time.

The Belgian gave away the penalty himself in controversial circumstances, but made up for it when he guessed correctly to palm away Leicester striker Jamie Vardy's thundering strike to keep Liverpool 3-2 ahead going into the final 15 minutes of the match.

Coutinho has been building up to full fitness after missing the start of the season while he attempted to force a move to Barcelona, but the Brazil midfielder appears focused on performing for Liverpool in this World Cup season.

Some may have flashbacks hearing that the squad "showed character" during the match, but Liverpool's ability to fight back and maintain their lead was no small feat.

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.

Fouled in the build-up to the Foxes' first goal, scored by Shinji Okazaki, Mignolet was then possibly culpable for not making a strong enough save from Demarai Gray, leading to Vardy's goal.

Liverpool had countless chances on the counterattack after halftime and finally took one when substitute Daniel Sturridge teed up Henderson in the 68th.

As Vardy raced toward the ball that stood still on the 12-yard mark, it was clear that he could become the hero of the game by scoring the equalizer.



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