Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd sent blunt Leicester warning after Liverpool display

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06 October 2019 08:25

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United could miss out on a spot in to top four as Leicester continue to improve under Brendan Rodgers.The Foxes narrowly missed out on a draw at Anfield on Saturday as James Milner converted a controversial late penalty, after James Maddison cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener.Rodgers was devastated not to have secured the point against his former side, but Paul Merson reckons they have a chance of finishing inside the top four in the Premier League.He told Sky Sports: “There is a big gulf. Leicester are doing well and they might get in the top six or the top four but there is still a gulf.

“We didn’t expect Leicester to go to Anfield and win but from what I’ve seen, if the other teams fighting for the top four don’t show consistency this season which they are not at the moment, Leicester could sneak in.”The result has left Leicester third in the league table after eight games, but ten points away from first-placed Liverpool.The decision to award a penalty, which led to them leaving Liverpool without a point, has been criticised by Alan Shearer and Rodgers himself.“I don’t think it’s a penalty, I think it’s a dive,” said Shearer on Match of the Day.

“It’s a contact sport.“Mane takes a touch against [Marc] Albrighton and then decides to go down.”The Newcastle legend does not believe that the connection between the two players warranted a penalty, which was duly dispatched to hand the home side victory.“To concede a 95th minute penalty was difficult to take. I thought we deserved something,” said Rodgers shortly after the clash.

"It did not look clear and obvious to me."I think Sadio Mane made the most of the contact.“I don't think if it had not been given by the referee it would have been overturned by VAR.“When the referee gives decisions it is hard for them to overrule it."

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