Another hard to judge performance: defensively they gave up very few chances, but two of them were scored quite easily, while we looked confident on the ball yet created very few dangerous chances of our own. Playing well but not getting points is what left us at the bottom of the table this time two years ago.
Kasper Schmeichel - 6
It’s good to have him back commanding the defence and he certainly understood the urgency late on. That said, he was caught a couple of times in no mans land and was lucky to find Lukaku offside.
Danny Simpson - 7
I don’t remember a foot put wrong, to be honest. Not much use when we were pushing forward desperately, but that’s not what he’s paid for.
Marcin Wasilewski - 5
Maybe his recent sendings off were weighing on his mind, but fouling Kevin Mirallas was clearly the only option and they refused to do it. Refused to take any time on the ball and his passing was poor throughout.
I got 3/1 on a Yellow for Was. That’s as good as printing money - The big Pole’s restrained performance was a let down to the guy sat behind me as well
Wes Morgan - 6
I was so ready to say that he’d done a great job, having switched sides, which is much harder than you'd think. But then he was at fault for both goals. I’ll give him a pass for the second; I’m sure he would’ve played it a lot safer if we weren't chasing the game.
Ben Chilwell - 8
He made a few rookie mistakes, probably because he’s 20 and it was his first Premier League game. He can tackle (fantastically), make interceptions, he’s comfortable on the ball, can run past his man and even beat Lukaku in the air once. A fantastic performance from a young player.
Marc Albrighton - 5
Stayed on all game to keep the 442 balanced with his defensive work and provide crosses for the big men. Unfortunately he really didn’t have it this time, failing to ever hit his target.
Daniel Amartey - 6
A surprisingly positive performance. He worked hard to get about the pitch and win the ball. He needs to add some attacking options to his game to really dominate in a two-man midfield but he’s just 22 and definitely improving.
Andy King - 5
Had nothing like the defensive impact of his partner. That would be fine if he was contributing at the other end, but he really wasn’t. Barely got on the ball and couldn’t pass it when he did. I predict Drinkwater and Amartey next time out.
Demarai Gray - 7
The only attacking player who ever looked like he might create a goal. Decision to bring him off was certainly an odd one.
Demarai Gray very lively for #LCFC, neither Gueye or Barry have got a handle on him yet.— Royal Blue Mersey (@RBMersey) December 26, 2016
Shinji Okazaki - 6
Ran hard and passed well. The problem is, there’s no point in a link-up man if he’s got no one to link with.
Islam Slimani - 4
Every single time he did something right, it turned out he was offside. So, three times in 90 minutes.
Fair to say Islam Slimani is struggling to adapt to life in The Premier League. If Mahrez is being dropped for poor form (possibly)......— Ian Stringer (@StringerSport) December 26, 2016
Danny Drinkwater - 6
Not his finest 45 minutes, but he put himself about and showed us what we’ve been missing. Hopefully he’s knocked some rust off and gets to start the next one.
Riyad Mahrez - 6
I can’t blame the manager for leaving him out, he hasn't looked undroppable all season. That said, when he could get on the ball he looked the most dangerous player on the pitch.
I didn't see him do well during the training sessions and he must give more for the team. I want more - Ranieri says Mahrez was dropped for ‘stimulation’
Leo Ulloa - 6
Needs more of a chance, for me. Yes, he should definitely have scored from our only good chance, but he was good elsewhere. On current form he does everything he’s in the team for much better than Slimani does.
All told, it was a poor game for most except the younger players. I’ll be positive and say that’s a good sign for the future, though it’s also clearly a bad one for the present. Man of the Match was the youngest of the lot, Ben Chilwell.
To end on a different note, today saw a very touching moment for former fan favourite Anthony Knockeart, who scored in his first home game following the death of his father, taking Brighton to the top of the Championship.