Premier League: High flying Leicester city could not stop injury depleted champions Liverpool, now who will?
|Roberto Firmino stabbed wide acrobatically in the first half in Liverpool's win over Leicester on Sunday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Liverpool took on Leicester City on Sunday with at least five regulars out due to injury and COVID-19 but they still came out tops emphatically, and that is something most contenders must be worried about.
Form is temporary, class is permanent, Liverpool epitomized this on Sunday with Leicester City trying to do what they did in the eighties by halting Liverpool’s home record at the same number they did back the.
But it wasn’t to be as the Kops effectively came to the party to dismiss Brendan Rodgers's side cleanly.
Jurgen Klopp was able to call on the duo of Fabinho and Andy Robertson with the Brazilian coming back from injury right on time.
There were scares around Robertson during the international break but the Scott brushed the injury aside to help Liverpool to a brilliant night.
Liverpool, since 2018 have not lost at home and are now on 64 games, breaking their own record of 63 with the win over Leicester.
Considering the hype around the Foxes and how well they have played this season, the result and in fact, the entire game didn’t reflect that.
Jurgen Klopp had to call on teenager, Curtis Jones in midfield and Naby Keita in the absence of Jordan Henderson and Mo salah but the Guinea midfielder had to leave after injuring his hamstrings and was replaced with Neco Williams with James Milner moving to the middle.
Liverpool took the lead in the 21st minute when Johnny Evans diverted a James Milner corner into his own net with Sadio Mane waiting to pounce if that didn’t happen, it was a deserved lead as the hosts had been knocking since kickoff.
Leicester had a chance to respond almost immediately with Jamie Vardy finding Harvey Barnes in space but the young fox stabbed his effort wide.
Liverpool then went on to grab the second; Andy Robertson whipped in a deft cross and Diogo Jota said thank you with a perfect header.
Roberto Firminho had been under fire for his blank run-in front of goal but his frustration grew in the second half after hitting the frame of the goal twice.
Kasper Schmeichel denied Liverpool over and over but had no answer to the Brazilian’s header and Liverpool’s third.
Another Milner cross met Firminho’s head and the Dane in the Leicester goal was picking the ball from his net for the third time.
The win lifted Liverpool to second, level on points with Spurs but behind on goal difference.