Belgian Leicester City defender Wout Faes applauding at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield in Liverpool, North West England on December 30, 2022. – Liverpool win 2-1 against Leicester City. (Photo by Oli SCARFF/AFP)

Leicester City’s Belgian defender Wout Faes inadvertently boosted Liverpool’s Champions League hopes by scoring two own goals in his team’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Friday.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall had given Leicester the lead in the fourth minute as he sauntered through the center of the Liverpool defence.

However, that was the reason for Faes’ double dose of embarrassment.

In the 38th minute, Faes, in his first season at the club following a £15 million move from Reims, cut an attempted clearance from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross over the head of his goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Seven minutes later, his night got worse.

Darwin Nunez was passed through by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his lob over Ward hit the post.

However, when the ball came back, Faes somehow managed to hammer the ball into his own net.

“He’s come back a bit rusty because he hasn’t played for a long time and hasn’t made any minutes with Belgium at the World Cup,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers of the unfortunate Faes.

Leicester City’s French midfielder Boubakary Soumare (L) tackles Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez as they fight for the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield in Liverpool, North West England on December 30, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARF / AFP)

“When he came in he was absolutely fantastic for us and he was just unlucky today.”

The result puts Liverpool in sixth place, two points off the top four, while Leicester are in 13th.

“Sometimes I thought we were poor today. It’s a cliché, but it’s important to get the three points and win,” Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

“We tried to get into the game, but we weren’t good enough and we know it. We won, which is positive, but there are plenty of things we need to improve.”

Meanwhile, West Ham’s year ended by being booed off the pitch after a 2–0 defeat to London rivals Brentford.

Brentford’s English-born Jamaican defender Ethan Pinnock (2nd from left) heads the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Brentford at the London Stadium in London on December 30, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP)

First-half goals from Ivan Toney and Josh Dasilva increased the pressure on West Ham boss David Moyes after a fifth successive Premier League defeat.

West Ham are just one spot above the relegation zone as Brentford climbed to ninth.

“I thought we played well today. The goals were completely against the flow of the game, we lost two goals to throw in. We created a lot of chances but we just couldn’t take them,” Moyes told Match of the Day.

“It’s small margins, I thought the players did a great job, kept going. We just didn’t have the last piece of the puzzle.”

The defeat has now seen Moyes lose five consecutive games for the first time since 2005 when he was in charge of Everton.

“It’s a great result, to come here and win 2-0 is impressive,” said Brentford manager Thomas Frank.

“West Ham were better than us in the first half, but we got our two moments and the second half were flawless defensively. We had chances to kill the game at 3-0, but still, good points.”

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