James Maddison exposes Leicester changing room hack that saw Luke Thomas pocket Mo Salah
Brendan Rodgers on Liverpool win
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James Maddison mocked his Leicester team-mate Luke Thomas on Instagram for his faultless display that saw him nullify Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after the Foxes’ 1-0 triumph and unearthed the scouting report that helped the left-back keep the attacker at bay. While these are common in every football dressing room around the country, it appears the Leicester analysis team’s homework came up trumps on this occasion as Salah endured a rare off night at the King Power Stadium.
While they easily could have been removed, there was no other individual scouting reports visible in the other changing room spaces in the footage posted on Maddison’s Instagram story.
That perhaps offers some insight into the lengths Leicester felt they had to go to in order to stop the Premier League’s top scorer.
This kind of detailed scouting reports provide statistics and usually indicate what areas the player likes to receive the ball, where he runs and what he does when in possession, ensuring defenders are clued up before they go into battle.
“Stop checking what everyone’s saying about your performance versus Salah, bro,” Maddison joked as he recorded Thomas in the dressing room.
The 20-year-old left-back enjoyed one of his best performances for Leicester to date in order to help keep Salah quiet.
The Egyptian won a penalty in the first half when he was tripped by Wilfred Ndidi but Salah failed to convert from the spot.
His kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel before he headed the rebound off the bar.
Salah was denied by another brilliant save from Schmeichel once again before the break on what was proving to be a difficult night for the forward.
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In the second half, Salah was barely given a sniff by his opposite number Thomas, who done a great job in limiting the attacker’s involvement.
Arguably the world’s greatest player based on current form was evidently frustrated come the full-time whistle, with his face telling the story.
Liverpool simply did not have an answer and that was telling in Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the defeat.
Usually, the German is renowned for shifting the blame onto the referee or the schedule when Liverpool fail to deliver all three points but this time around he admitted the Reds deserved to taste defeat.
And that was largely a tribute to Leicester’s collective defensive effort just over 48 hours after their 6-3 defeat at Man City.
Leicester Brendan Rodgers took the chance to praise Thomas for his development and performance after the triumph.
“He’s been incredible. He’s 20 years old and he’s someone who hasn’t played so many first-team games,” he said.
“The FA Cup final was only his first game in front of supporters.
“Nothing fazes him. He’s done really well against [Riyad] Mahrez [on Sunday], and wasn’t beaten so often tonight.
“He’s a really good defender, tough and never gives up.”
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