The visiting Reds dominated possession and the shot tally (they registered 22 shots in total) in the first 45 minutes but weren’t able to make the breakthrough as some solid defending from Wes Morgan and loan signing Aleksander Dragovic provided strong resistance.
In goal for Leicester was Ben Hamer who was also able to quell the majority of Liverpool’s moves into the attacking third.
The game changed on its head in the second half when Shinji Okazaki was brought on to replace Leonardo Ulloa in the 53rd minute. Adding industry and a link between the midfield and front men, Okazaki took only 12 minutes to open the scoring.
Assisted by Vicente Iborra, Okazaki took a subtle knockdown from the Spaniard and deposited past Danny Ward with a cool finish from just inside the area.
The real moment of magic came 13 minutes later when Leicester’s record signing Islam Slimani doubled the scoring for the home side with a fantastic 20-yard effort that left Ward with no chance of stopping it. Cutting in from the right, the Algerian ripped a driven shot to the far corner and in extending the Foxes’ lead to 2-0.
That would be how the match ended with the clubs set to do battle again on Saturday morning from the King Power Stadium.