Craig Shakespeare frustrated with Nigerian duo, others
Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare couldn’t hide his frustration after his Nigerian stars and their Foxes’ team-mates came away empty-handed from a thrilling Premier League encounter with Liverpool at King Power Stadium.
Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first goal of the season and Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved as Liverpool survived a Leicester fightback to end their run of four games without a win. While Wilfred Ndidi starred for the entire duration of the game, Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Okazaki in the final 16 minutes.
Speaking after the encounter, Shakespeare acknowledged the positives from his players but was frustrated not to come away with any points.
“Mixed emotions is right. We’ve got no points. I’ve been told by many people since the final whistle that we contributed to a great game but as a manager and coach it doesn’t mean anything because my players are in there (the dressing room) disappointed not to come away with anything.
“You have to realise that you’re playing against some quality opposition. The aim at the start was to play with the high intensity. We all know if football that games will ebb and flow.
“The momentum changes and it was vitally important that we got a goal back just before halftime. I think getting the players in at half time, it was about having a big 15 minutes. We needed to test them defensively and ask questions. We needed to put the ball in the box and make their defenders turn to face their own goal.
“I think we did that but ultimately because we were pushing for that second goal, it cost us and we were too open. From their third goal it was always going to be hard to come back, but try we did and we could have got a point in the end.” said Shakespeare in an interview on Leicester City’s official website
Liverpool raced into a 2-0 lead through Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho, but the spirited Foxes pulled a goal back before the break courtesy of the in-form Shinji Okazaki from a yard out.
City pushed for the equaliser but Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson finished off a counter-attack before Vardy headed in to put City back in it again. Minutes later, Simon Mignolet fouled him in the box but the City no.9 saw the spot-kick saved as the Reds held on for the win.