Liverpool put three goals past the Foxes in an impressive 3-0 victory at Anfield in memory of the late Ray Clemence. Both teams have had a string of injuries however a dominant team display puts Liverpool joint top of the Premier League, behind Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
Liverpool started the first half with a similar intensity as the game against Manchester City last week, as a Keita shot deflected out for a corner in the first minute. This was followed up with a Mane header that went just wide of the post.
Keita took another ambitious effort from outside of the box which was comfortably saved by Kasper Schmeichel who was quick to his knees. Schmeichel was tested soon after with a powerful shot by Diogo Jota, but the Danish keeper was quick to dive to his right and parry the ball away.
The Leicester number one was tested yet again, stopping a low shot from Curtis Jones to give Liverpool a corner. A James Milner cross deflected off the back of Jonny Evans’ head gave Liverpool the lead, as the former Manchester United defender failed to wrestle away Sadio Mane.
The Reds continued their team press with a disallowed goal a minute after their first goal. Roberto Firmino nodded the ball out of Schmeichel’s’ hands and a free-kick was given.
Leicester have their first chance of the game after Vardy squares the ball to forward Harvey Barnes, whose first-time shot went high and wide over the bar at the Kop End.
Liverpool’s second goal came after Mr. Reliable James Milner switched the ball to Andy Robertson, who touched the ball nicely past Albrighton and crossed the ball superbly to Diogo Jota with his left. Jota heads the ball in to become Liverpool’s first player to score in four consecutive home top-flight appearances.
However, likewise against Manchester City, Liverpool began to let the opposition take more control in the second half. Leicester started to ease into the game but couldn’t create any real threats.
Naby Keita was substituted off due to what looks like a hamstring injury for Neco Williams, as Milner shifted into midfield. Another game, another injury problem for the Reds.
Another deadly Liverpool attack gave the inform Jota a chance to grab his brace after some tricky footwork, but it was another good save to Schmeichel’s bottom-left which gave Jota the chance to recoverer possession. Jota crossed the ball low and hard which the keeper parried towards Firmino’s head, but the Brazilian could not capitalise on the chance, hitting the post.
The Portuguese winger didn’t take too long to create some magic, threading the ball like a needle through to Firmino again, who hit the post-one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel. Albrighton was quick to clear Firmino’s rebound off the line. The ball was only one cm off the goal-line from standing.
It looked as if it wasn’t meant to be for Firmino until James Milner whipped in another precious ball into the box and Firmino leapt head and shoulders above the rest to nod in Liverpool’s third and final goal into the bottom left corner. A goal for the Brazilian will do his confidence the world of good after scoring mid-week for his country too.
Give me 10 planks of wood and James Milner and I’ll win you the Champions League.
Diogo Jota got the Man of the match but it would be James Milner who I would give the most impressive performance to, keeping a clean sheet while proving his ability to adapt and move into midfield. Also creating a goal and commanding his backline. This may have been one of Liverpool’s best performances this season but their next test lies against Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday. A game that promises many goals.