James Maddison has been praised for helping to distract Mohamed Salah moments before the Liverpool star missed a penalty.
Salah was awarded a first-half spot kick at the King Power Stadium when Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi felled the Egyptian in the area.
The Reds forward has a stunning record from 12 yards, having missed just two of 20 for Liverpool.
But he saw Kasper Schmeichel deny him another goal, before his rebounded header clipped the bar and was cleared away.
And upon inspection of the replay, Maddison’s role in the miss became clear, showing him speaking into the ear of the Liverpool star as he waited for the go-ahead from the referee.
Maddison then took up residence directly behind Salah, standing in the middle of the D as he began his run up from a central position.
Fans on social media claimed the Leicester playmaker had ‘psyched out’ his Liverpool counterpart, putting doubt into his mind at the worst possible time.
It was a frustrating start for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp who know that only a win will keep the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool had countless other chances in the opening period of the game, with Schmeichel making a string of saves to deny the visitors.
Their Boxing Day fixture with Leeds United was postponed after their opponents suffered a Covid-19 outbreak and were unable to field a full team.
City’s win over the Foxes on the same day meant they moved six points clear at the top, having played a game more.
Speaking ahead of kick-off in the East Midlands, Klopp suggested his side weren’t actually in the title fight and were instead waiting for their moment to arrive.
On needing perfection in the title race, the German coach told Amazon Video: “We knew that before. Especially with Manchester City around.
“We are not really in this fight. We are just trying to connect our points. There will be a decisive moment in the season but we just want to make sure we are in a position then.”