Injury-hit Liverpool down Leicester to make title statement
Liverpool breezed past Leicester City with a 3-0 win on Sunday. This set a new club record of 64 top-flight home matches unbeaten. Diogo Jota continued a remarkable Anfield streak of his own, capping his fine run with a goal.
An own goal by Jonny Evans opened the scoring for Liverpool, from a James Milner corner. Leicester responded with a clever break with Jamie Vardy finding Harvey Barnes in a promising position. But the left-winger’s effort was well wide of the target. Roberto Firmino’s header was enough to give Juergen Klopp a victory over his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
The result moves defending champions Liverpool level on 20 points with leaders Tottenham. While Leicester are fourth, level on 18 points with third-placed Chelsea.
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Jurgen Klopp was without a host of key men as Joe Gomez and Van Dijk suffered long term injuries. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah were among the latest to join their lengthy absentee list. But they dealt with the threat posed by Leicester with impressive ease.
Much has been made of their general defensive issues this season. Yet there was little sign of vulnerability there in spite of such a makeshift back four. Fabinho moved from the defensive midfield role to the centre-back position. Leicester only managed four shots on target in the match. Similarly, going forward Liverpool gave Leicester’s defence so much to contend with. Their 24 attempted shots were indicative of the control they exerted.
Robertson rampant on the wing
Scotland superstar Andy Robertson was a doubt for this game having suffered a knock on international duty. But you would not be able to tell that from his performance.
The left-back was a menace on the flank, creating three chances. He set up Jota’s header with a fine cross. That was his 31st Premier League assist for the Reds. Only Kevin De Bruyne (41) has more than him in that timeframe.
Firmino finds relief
It looked like being another infuriating outing for Firmino. He had hit the right post from just a few yards and then the left when one-on-one with Schmeichel. He eventually found the mark with Liverpool’s third of the day, only his second Premier League goal of the season.