Pundits stunned as Salah ends long Liverpool penalty run

Mohamed Salah misses for Liverpool from the penalty spot for the first time in more than four years… and iconic strikers are stunned as the Premier League top scorer hits the bar from the rebound

  • Peter Schmeichel saved a Mohamed Salah penalty as Leicester hosted Liverpool
  • The goalkeeper sprung to his right to stop the marksman’s 15th-minute spot kick
  • Premier League top scorer Salah then headed the rebound against the crossbar
  • The Reds had not failed to net a penalty in the top flight for more than four years
  • Salah’s miss returned to haunt his side as Leicester took the lead after the break 

Deadly Mohamed Salah suffered penalty despair as Leicester held Liverpool in the first half of their Premier League clash on Tuesday – with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel the hero as the Reds’ long run of perfect penalties abruptly ended.

Inspired Schmeichel stopped Salah’s spot kick after 15 minutes at the King Power Stadium, watched with relief as the runaway top scorer in the top flight headed the rebound against the crossbar and then produced another astonishing save to thwart the striker again just after the half-hour mark.

Former hotshot Alan Shearer felt Salah’s pain as he watched the prolific hitman fail from 12 yards for the first time since 28 October 2017, when he misfired during a 3-0 home win over Huddersfield. 

Leicester fans feared disaster when Mohamed Salah stepped up for a penalty against the Foxes

Even a shot-stopper of Kasper Schmeichel’s (left) ability would not be expected to save the day

Lethal penalty taker Shearer told Amazon Prime Video Sport: ‘Mohamed Salah’s scored his last 15 Premier League penalties, but not on that occasion – it was poor. 

‘He’s trying to hang in the air for the rebound, isn’t he? But he just goes too early and he can’t get above it enough.

‘It must have been agony for him when he’s hitting the bar there after two glorious chances.’

Thierry Henry, who is sixth on the all-time list of Premier League scorers which is topped by Shearer, was impressed by Schmeichel’s reflexes when he produced another spectacular subsequent save to deny Salah. 

Salah fired the spot kick firmly with 15 minutes gone of the Premier League game on Tuesday

Schmeichel guessed correctly, soaring to his left and applying two strong hands to the effort

The Dane’s heroics thrilled the home fans at the King Power Stadium as his side remained level

Henry purred: ‘That one is a hell of a save. Leicester should have been, maybe, one or two-nil down – but it didn’t happen.

‘If it hadn’t been for Schmeichel, they’d have been 2-0 down. I don’t even know how he touched that.’ 

Speaking about the rebound from the penalty, former Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid told BBC 5 Live: ‘I don’t know how it didn’t go in.

‘It looked as if the ball was hanging in the air for quite a bit. It wasn’t a great penalty.’ 

In an improbable further twist, the usually-deadly Salah headed the rebound against the bar

Liverpool’s misery was compounded when Ademola Lookman (L) handed Leicester a 1-0 lead

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