THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

26 December ~ Leicester head to Anfield today hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table, while Liverpool will want to climb towards the European places. In 1971 the two teams played out a thrilling match at the same venue.

Newly promoted Leicester, having already beaten last season’s top-flight runners up Liverpool 1-0 in the Charity Shield (Double-winners Arsenal had pulled out of the traditional season opener because it clashed with their pre-season tour), took the lead through a deflected Rod Fern shot. Liverpool levelled through a similar goal by Steve Heighway, before Kevin Keegan poked them into the lead. John Farrington then took advantage of a Ray Clemence mistake to make it 2-2, but John Toshack won it for Liverpool with a powerful header beyond Peter Shilton.

Leicester finished the season in 11th, while Liverpool came third in a tight four-way title race won by Derby.

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