Simon Mignolet saves Vardy penalty for Liverpool revenge

Simon Mignolet helped Liverpool end a dry run of four games without a win by withholding the Leicester City offense and saving a Jamie Vardy penalty late on to help the Reds win 3-2 in the Premier League.

Liverpool, who were also coming off a 2-0 loss against Leicester that eliminated them from the League Cup altogether mid-week, responded with a brilliant offensive showing at the King Power stadium and exacting their revenge in the process.

Philippe Coutinho, who was missing in action for the Reds for most of the season’s opening matches, put on a brilliant showing by first crossing to Mohamed Salah for a header to open the scoring, and then himself scoring a brilliantly curled free-kick.

However, Leicester City was able to reduce the deficit before half-time when Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range just before the break following a scramble in the box.

Liverpool responded through a counter after halftime to make it 3-1 and seemingly secure the points, but the hosts were not to be denied and responded a minute later when Jamie Vardy headed into an empty net after Mignolet pushed Demarai Gray’s shot into his path.

Vardy then gave Liverpool more jitters as he earned a penalty when he was brought down by Mignolet, but the Belgian kept out the England striker’s spot-kick, which followed his usual tactic of going straight down the middle.

While his number and rate of saves in regular play is much more modest, Mignolet’s heroics also meant that he has saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he’s faced since joining the Reds in the 2013-14 season — more than any other keeper in the English top-flight.

The Reds then held on against a few more scares to finally earn three points after four consecutive winless games to move up to fifth in the Premier League, while Leicester remain just above the relegation zone with merely a win and a draw from their opening seven matches.

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