Liverpool 3-0 Leicester City: Depleted Reds move second with comfortable win


Diogo Jota
Diogo Jota is the first player in Liverpool’s history to score in each of his first four home top-flight league appearances for the club

Liverpool moved level on points with Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur and thwarted Leicester City’s hopes of going top with an outstanding performance and victory at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side remain behind Spurs on goal difference but the manner of the win – achieved amid an injury crisis – sounded an ominous warning to those hoping to wrest the title away from the champions.

Liverpool also set a new club of 64 league home games unbeaten, breaking a record set between February 1978 and January 1981.

Klopp’s side took the lead midway through the first half when Jonny Evans nodded a corner into his own net and the advantage was doubled four minutes before half-time when a move of 30 passes ended with Diogo Jota heading in Andrew Robertson’s superb cross.

Liverpool added Mohamed Salah to their long list of absentees after he tested positive for Covid-19 in Egypt but the prolific Jota, signed from Wolves for £45m in September, once again stepped in – becoming the first player in the club’s history to score in his first four competitive home appearances.

Leicester improved marginally in the second half but it was still Liverpool who dominated, Evans heading against his own post and both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane being denied by the woodwork and keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Firmino was finally on target as he rose to send a fine header out of Schmeichel’s reach four minutes from time to give Liverpool the victory margin their superiority deserved.

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Liverpool

  1. Squad number18Player nameMinamino
  2. Squad number27Player nameOrigi
  3. Squad number76Player nameN Williams

Leicester City

  1. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  2. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  3. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  4. Squad number28Player nameFuchs

  5. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  6. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  7. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  8. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  9. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  10. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  11. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  1. Squad number19Player nameÜnder

  2. Squad number26Player namePraet

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 1Alisson
  • 7Milner
  • 32Matip
  • 3Fabinho
  • 26Robertson
  • 17Jones
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forN Williamsat 53′minutes
  • 20JotaSubstituted forOrigiat 89′minutes
  • 9Firmino
  • 10ManéSubstituted forMinaminoat 89′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 65Clarkson
  • 76N Williams

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 3Fofana
  • 6Evans
  • 28FuchsSubstituted forPraetat 62′minutes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 8Tielemans
  • 24MendyBooked at 66mins
  • 2JustinBooked at 45mins
  • 10Maddison
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forÜnderat 62′minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 26Praet
  • 33Thomas

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