Liverpool’s fringe stars shine as Reds see off Leicester to set Anfield record

Liverpool vs Leicester

Sunday’s marquee Premier League tie played out a short time ago.

Liverpool would welcome Leicester City to Anfield as they looked to regain ground on the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea.

However, standing in their way was an in-form Leicester City side who began this game week top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s side would enter Sunday’s game in decent form. But the Merseysiders were, of course, without a number of their elite stars.

Mohamed Salah is out with Covid-19 whilst all of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Thiago and Jordan Henderson missed out through injury.

But when 90 minutes were up at Anfield, Liverpool’s weakened squad came away with a dominant win.

Liverpool start bright

Liverpool would start the tie pretty brightly. James Milner, filling in for TAA at right-back, played a lovely pass down the line to Diogo Jota with the ball eventually finding Naby Keita whose effort won Liverpool a corner,  which Sadio Mane headed into the side netting from.

As for Leicester, they appeared to be trying to exploit Liverpool’s makeshift right-side of defence made up of Milner and Joel Matip.

Kasper Schmeichel was then forced into the first save of the day nine minutes in after Keita played in Curtis Jones who smashed his chance straight at the Dane.

Schmeichel was then forced into another decent save minutes later by Jota.

Leicester’s no.1 could do nothing to prevent Liverpool from taking the lead 20 minutes in though, when Jonny Evans directed the ball into his own net from a Reds corner.

Brendan Rodgers’ men did have a great chance to level things up just moments later when Harvey Barnes whipped a lovely ball into the center of Liverpool’s box. But Vardy, who connected with the pass, uncharacteristically directed his strike well wide.

Matip then had a great chance to make it 2-0, heading just wide from another Andy Robertson corner. The African then did well to help deflect wide a curling effort from James Justin.

It would be Liverpool who dominated the majority of the opening 45 though, with Mane coming close to adding a second for the home side just before the break after being played in by the ever-impressive Milner.

Jota would make it 2-0 just minutes after, however. Robertson was involved again, floating a curling effort onto the Portuguese’s head to hand Jurgen Klopp and co. a deserved 2-0 lead heading in at the break.

Liverpool break home record

Liverpool would then start the second 45 once again on the front foot, with Jota and Robertson nearly combining again to make it 3-0.

A bit of a downer was put on Liverpool’s evening when Keita, who had been superb so far, was taken off less than 10 minutes into the second half with a hamstring issue.

Liverpool continued to dominate despite Keita’s withdrawal though, with Mane forcing another solid stop out of Schmeichel 54 minutes in.

Schmeichel would continue to keep the away outfit somewhat in the tie, this time getting down low to deny Jota.

The Reds were then somehow denied by the post and goal-line technology when Firmino slotted past Schmeichel with his first effort to hit the post before seeing his rebounded strike cleared off the line.

The Brazilian finally got his goal in the dying moments of the game though, heading home from another Robertson corner.

The final whistle eventually blew with the score at 3-0 and Liverpool 2nd in the league on goal difference.

As well as seeing the Reds go joint-top of the PL, the win over the Foxes also saw Liverpool break a long-standing home record:

What injury crisis?

Pre-match, there were no doubt some Liverpool fans who may have been concerned about how their side would fair with so many big names out.

Three of Liverpool’s first-choice backline were out, top-scorer Salah was missing through Covid-19, whilst captain Jordan Henderson and midfield creator Thiago also missed out.

Despite the squad issues and the fact Leicester are one of the league’s best sides right now – especially away from home – the reigning Premier League champions dominated large parts of the game with a number of their fringe stars thoroughly impressing.

James Milner, filling in at right-back for Alexander-Arnold, was superb on the evening, defending well, floating in some superb crosses, and linking up with Jota.

Elsewhere, Fabinho put on another solid showing at centre back, Curtis Jones put on a superb display well beyond his years whilst Naby Keita was one of the brightest sparks whilst on the pitch – connecting midfield and attack with some lovely passes and runs.

And though the long-term layoffs to Gomez and van Dijk will no doubt impact Liverpool at some point in this hectic campaign, Klopp and co. will take a lot of confidence from their display against Leicester, which showcased Liverpool are more than capable of dominating even the best sides with several big stars missing.

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Liverpool vs Leicester Sunday’s marquee Premier League tie played out a short time ago. Liverpool would welcome Leicester City to Anfield as they looked to regain ground on the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea. However, standing in their way was an in-form Leicester City side who began this game week top of the table. JurgenFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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