Four years and a day after being sacked as the Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers was making a return to the Anfield to sit in the away dugout, bringing Leicester City to challenge the European champions. With both the teams being in good run of form , the match was expected to be a cracker and it did not disappoint.
Liverpool might have got a first half lead, but they did not blow their opponents away as they usually do at the Anfield. Leicester equalised in the 80th minute through James Maddison and it seemed as though they did enough to earn a point. But the match was in for some late drama. First it was Mohamed Salah limping off the pitch after a rash challenge by Hamza Choudhury. Adam Lallana might have come onto the pitch in the injury time, but he would see a lot more happen in his few minutes on the pitch.
Marc Albrighton tripped Sadio Mane inside the penalty box with just a few seconds to play and the referee pointed towards the spot. James Milner thumped it past Kasper Schmeichel from the spot to hand Liverpool the three points.
At the final whistle, the scoreline read 2-1 and the Liverpool players were understandably jubilation and their Leicester counterparts distraught. It was then when a fight broke out of nowhere. Andy Robertson and Ayoze Perez seemed to be initially involved in it, after which many players joined it.
What started the fight between the players was unknown until Sunday when a video preceding the incident had come out. The video showed that it was Robertson who initially seemed poke Ayoze Perez with his elbow that provoked the Leicester man.
Talking about the incident in the post match press conference, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not think it was too big an incident and seemed to put it down to the emotion after such a tight match.
“Andy Robertson celebrated on final whistle and pushed [Perez], which he probably didn’t expect, which he was annoyed at,” Klopp said.