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Liverpool squandered a golden opportunity to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with Leicester at Anfield.

Said Mane gave the home side a perfect start with a cleverly taken goal after good work from Andrew Robertson.

However, Leicester hit back with a goal from Harry Maguire on the stroke of half-time.

Roberto Firmino went close twice while Alisson was on his toes at the other end to keep the scores level, ensuring the Reds stretched their lead at the top of the table to five points.

Express Sport have rated how the Liverpool players performed during their clash with Leicester – do you agree?

Liverpool player ratings vs Leicester City – Premier League

GK: Alisson – 4

Got lucky with two poor passes that should have been punished.

Didn’t look settled, but still pulled off a big save when Roberto Firmino almost scored an own goal.

RB: Jordan Henderson – 6

Drafted in as an emergency right-back and held his own well, although the Reds skipper didn’t have much defending to do in the early stages.

Avoided punishment for a trip on James Maddison then spent most of the second half camped in Leicester territory.

Liverpool player ratings: Sadio Mane scored the opening goal of the game against Leicester (Image: GETTY•

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Liverpool player ratings: Jordan Henderson filled in at right-back against the Foxes (Image: PA)

CB: Joel Matip – 7

Carried the ball well out from defence and fizzed in some excellent passes to the front three.

Solid in defence, although the Cameroon ace went in the book for bringing down Jamie Vardy.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 6

Like Matip, Van Dijk looked comfortable in possession and was wise to most of Leicester’s attacks from open play.

However, the Dutchman did lose track of Maguire for the Foxes’ equaliser.

LB: Andrew Robertson – 6

Given a thorough examination by Marc Albrighton but rarely looked troubled while the Scot also played his part in the opener.

However, Roberston was guilty of giving away a needless free-kick that led to Leicester’s goal.

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Liverpool player ratings: Andrew Robertson was involved in Mane’s early strike (Image: GETTY)

CM: Georginio Wijnaldum – 8

A stand-out player for the Reds, with Wijnaldum motoring around midfield fighting fires with clever positioning and shop tackling.

Also tidy on the ball and kept Liverpool ticking.

CM: Naby Keita – 4

Bailed out by Wijnaldum on more than one occasion and looked well off the pace with poor touches and undercut passes.

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Liverpool player ratings: Naby Keita was denied a penalty after a challenge from Ricardo Pereira (Image: GETTY)

RAM: Xherdan Shaqiri – 6

Struggled to get hold of the ball in attacking positions, but did look good when he finally got involved.

CAM: Roberto Firmino – 6

Found it difficult to carve out space against the massed ranks of Leicester defenders, although the Brazilian did force two good stops from Kasper Schmeichel.

LAM: Sadio Mane – 8

Bagged the opener with a tidy finish and caused problems with his direct running.

However, the winger missed two good chances with his head.

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Liverpool player ratings: Mane struck his first chance of the match cooly past Kasper Schmeichel (Image: GETTY)

ST: Mohamed Salah – 6

Frustrated by Leicester and never got a chance to really stretch the opposition.

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Liverpool player ratings: Which Reds do you think impressed most against Leicester? (Image:

SUB: Adam Lallana (on for Keita, 66 mins) – 6

Got into some dangerous positions but couldn’t make a final pass stick.

SUB: Fabinho (on for Shaqiri, 67 mins) – 5

Helped Liverpool dominate the closing stages.

SUB: Daniel Sturridge (on for Firmino, 81 mins) – 5

Wasted a couple of half-chances and poor control let him down when running at the back four.

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