Liverpool despatched of a high-flying Leicester side, going second with a 3-0 win at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Much had been made of Liverpool’s extensive injury list coming into this game, though their patched-up side still managed to produce an impressive performance despite the absence of several key players.
Liverpool quickly established their dominance in the game and took the lead on 21 minutes, though in perhaps somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Former Man Utd defender Jonny Evans was far too preoccupied with grappling with Sadio Mane rather than actually defending the ball, with James Milner’s corner from the right hitting the Northern Irishman on the back of the head and flying past a hapless Kasper Schmeichel for 1-0.
Liverpool continued to dominate, though Leicester still posed a threat, with Harvey Barnes squandering the best chance for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
In the 40th minute though, the hosts doubled their advantage, Andy Robertson skipping past Marc Albrighton before delivering a delicious ball from the left, with red hot summer signing Diogo Jota timing his run to perfection to arrive in the box and head home past the Danish keeper.
Diogo Jota becomes the first Liverpool player to score in their first four league games at Anfield 🎯 pic.twitter.com/VQ4x2sFskU
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Leicester’s goal led a charmed life in the early stages of the second half, with Schmeichel making a number of saves, while Evans almost netted a second own goal of the game and will have been relieved to see his header hit the post.
Liverpool continued to push for a third, hitting the post twice and seeing the ball agonisingly cleared off the line as the champions absolutely battered a side that had come into the weekend at the top of the table.
However, the Reds finally made it three with Firmino powering home an excellent header from another Milner corner with four minutes to play.
2 – Roberto Firmino has scored two goals in Liverpool's five league games at Anfield this season; he only scored once in 19 Premier League home games in the whole of 2019-20. Awaited. pic.twitter.com/TIFmDsPitx
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Speaking afterwards, Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for all aspects of his side’s performance.
“We deserved it,” he told Sky Sports. “The boys played an incredible game against a top, top, top opponent. I don’t take things like this for granted. The boys were on fire football-wise.
“We played and played and played, Leicester defend in a specific way, Jamie Vardy was deeper than last year, it makes it even more tricky.
“[I liked] How the whole team defended. The front line defended really well. Offensively, we were incredible, [and] we should have scored more goals.
Asked what he liked most, he said: “I like the overall performance – the result and clean sheet. We needed Alisson once or twice, but not too often because we defended incredibly well.
“The front line didn’t play too often together but how they did today was not bad.”
The result means Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 64 home games in the top-flight – the longest run in the club’s history – while they also move up to second in the Premier League, only behind league leaders Tottenham on goal difference.
Next up for the Reds is a Champions League clash against Italian side Atalanta before an away trip to face Brighton next weekend.