Kasper Schmeichel may not be the only person to blame for Mohamed Salah’s missed penalty against Leicester.
Midfield maestro James Maddison was caught whispering something in Salah’s ear before the Liverpool man produced an uncanny miss from the spot.
Salah himself won a first-half penalty after stand-in centre-back Wilfred Nadidi was trapped in the field.
Before the Egyptian could only lead the rebound on the crossbar, Schmeichel guessed the correct way to negate the tame attempt.
But before that Madison can be seen whispering a message in Salah’s ear.
And the one-cap England international clearly got in his head, as the Liverpool star made a feeble effort on target.
It was their third penalty miss for Liverpool, having failed only two out of 20 attempts before yesterday.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp witnessed the incident but did not place any blame on the Leicester man.
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After the game he said: “Madison was definitely talking to him but everyone tries, but it’s not really a problem.
“There’s really nothing to blame or anything for Moe, he usually scores from these situations: Tonight he didn’t.
“It was a bit like the whole game, Moe is part of the team and usually he’s better in a position like the team was better at a football game.”
Fans on social media believed that Madison was the reason for Salah’s omission, claiming the Leicester man had ‘psyched out’ his opponent.
And supporters are desperate to know what he said.
One wrote: “I would love to know what James Madison said to Salah just before the penalty was missed.”
Meanwhile another joked: “Schmeichel and Madison did everything possible to get Salah out of there, the aristocratic s***housery.”
Salah would have kept Liverpool ahead if he had converted from the spot, but it was Ademola Lukman’s second-half strike that ended the game.
Leicester won 1–0, with the Reds guilty of missing out on several excellent chances.
This leaves Klopp and Co. six points from Manchester City after 19 games each – the exact half-stage of the season.
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