Liverpool 3-0 Leicester Metropolis: Depleted Reds transfer second with comfy win

Liverpool 3-0 Leicester Metropolis: Depleted Reds transfer second with comfy win

Diogo Jota
Diogo Jota is the primary participant in Liverpool’s historical past to attain in every of his first 4 residence top-flight league appearances for the membership

Liverpool moved stage on factors with Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur and thwarted Leicester Metropolis’s hopes of going prime with an excellent efficiency and victory at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s facet stay behind Spurs on aim distinction however the method of the win – achieved amid an damage disaster – sounded an ominous warning to these hoping to wrest the title away from the champions.

Liverpool additionally established a brand new membership report of 64 residence league video games unbeaten, breaking their earlier finest run, which was set between February 1978 and January 1981 and itself ended by Leicester.

Klopp’s facet took the lead halfway via the primary half when Jonny Evans nodded a nook into his personal web and the benefit was doubled 4 minutes earlier than half-time when a transfer of 30 passes ended with Diogo Jota heading in Andrew Robertson’s excellent cross.

Liverpool added Mohamed Salah to their lengthy record of absentees after he examined optimistic for Covid-19 in Egypt however the prolific Jota, signed from Wolves for £45m in September, as soon as once more stepped in – turning into the primary participant within the membership’s historical past to attain in his first 4 aggressive residence appearances.

Leicester improved marginally within the second half nevertheless it was nonetheless Liverpool who dominated, Evans heading in opposition to his personal put up and each Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane being denied by the woodwork and keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Firmino was lastly on the right track as he rose to ship a effective header out of Schmeichel’s attain 4 minutes from time to provide Liverpool the victory margin their superiority deserved.

Liverpool make mild of absentees

There was a way earlier than kick-off {that a} depleted Liverpool, and their unbeaten Premier League residence report stretching again to 2017, may be susceptible to the in-form Foxes. Not a little bit of it.

Liverpool had been rampant from the primary whistle and barely gave Leicester Metropolis an opportunity to hit the shape that has made them so spectacular this season.

And in Jota, Klopp has added one other potent risk to go together with his long-established world-class assault of Firmino, Mane and Salah.

The Portuguese ahead has settled in seamlessly at Anfield, making that piece of historical past together with his aim, however Liverpool had been spectacular in all areas and the ultimate scoreline may and will have been extra emphatic.

Liverpool pinned Leicester in their very own half nearly from the kick-off and rivals on the lookout for any indicators of potential weak point within the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Salah, would have been upset.

Klopp’s facet had been proper on the prime of their sport, taking a stranglehold Leicester by no means threatened to loosen other than the second when Harvey Barnes steered an ideal first-half likelihood huge with the rating at 1-0.

Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard, amongst others, will harbour ambitions of taking Liverpool’s crown. On this proof, it should take some doing.

Foxes fail to fireside

This was an enormous likelihood for Leicester Metropolis to make one other highly effective assertion about their high quality after spectacular away victories this season at Manchester Metropolis, the place they gained 5-2, Arsenal and Leeds United.

Sadly, for supervisor Brendan Rodgers and his proficient squad, they got here up quick right here and ended up effectively crushed.

Leicester didn’t transfer the ball with their trademark velocity and had been unable to get Jamie Vardy, their most potent risk, into any harmful areas. They appeared shaky below a continuing wave of Liverpool assaults.

The Foxes felt they had been denied an early penalty when the ball struck Joel Matip’s hand and Barnes wasted that superb alternative however in actuality they by no means deserved something and this was a chastening expertise.

Leicester are a effective facet who may have higher days and nights within the season forward however they had been by no means in severe rivalry at any level.

‘The boys have to supply options’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, chatting with Match of the Day: “We scored three targets and did not concede one; we defended exceptionally effectively, managed the sport. There have been a whole lot of good issues. I am unable to decide one which happy me most – possibly the efficiency of James Milner at right-back. He performed an distinctive sport, first there after which in midfield.

“That’s what we anticipate from ourselves. The accidents had been a large shock in that second however the boys have to supply options. We have now centre-halves, they’re actually younger. They aren’t skilled, you noticed the bench tonight.

“It is a difficult scenario and when Naby [Keita] goes off with a muscle damage, you understand the issues won’t get smaller. The boys know when they’re allowed to coach with us they’ve the standard to take action. We do not give tickets for coaching – you need to qualify with expertise and aptitude. It’s a powerful faculty, there a whole lot of steps to go.

“We have now to ensure we recuperate however the Naby damage did not assist in any respect.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers chatting with Match of the Day: “Within the first half specifically, we had been too passive and defending the area, however did not have sufficient contact and gave away poor targets.

“We had a superb alternative on the counter with Harvey Barnes, however general if you find yourself passive like that, your soccer will not be fairly the identical. We weren’t aggressive sufficient.

“Second half was slightly bit higher; we had been extra aggressive in our press, and that permits us to play higher soccer. Liverpool deserved to win. The fellows getting back from the worldwide break weren’t as cohesive as what we’ve been.

“It is mentality – you need to rise up to the ball. We had been glad for them to have it in their very own half, however as quickly because it got here into our territory, we weren’t as aggressive as I would really like.

“Not like the sport final 12 months, once we misplaced at residence, this can be a sport we are able to mirror on simply and analyse and transfer on.”

Foxes take Jota’s fancy

  • Liverpool’s record-breaking 64-match unbeaten residence league run consists of 53 wins.
  • Since Brendan Rodgers took cost of Leicester, they’ve misplaced all three of their Premier League conferences with Liverpool; conceding 9 targets within the course of – their most in opposition to any opponent within the competitors below him.
  • Liverpool have solely conceded three targets of their previous seven video games throughout all competitions (W6 D1), with this their fourth clear sheet inside this run.
  • Liverpool ahead Diogo Jota has netted 4 targets in 5 Premier League appearances in opposition to Leicester; his most in opposition to any opponent within the competitors.
  • Roberto Firmino has scored two targets in Liverpool’s 5 league video games at Anfield this season; he solely scored as soon as in 19 Premier League residence video games in the entire of 2019-20.
  • Jota’s aim got here after a sequence of 30 passes; since Opta began conserving information of this information in 2006-07, that is probably the most within the build-up to any Liverpool aim within the Premier League.
  • For the reason that begin of the 2018-19 season, solely Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold has made as many assists as Andy Robertson (26) within the Premier League.
  • Jonny Evans’ personal aim for Leicester was his sixth within the Premier League; within the competitors’s historical past, solely Richard Dunne (10), Jamie Carragher (7) and Martin Skrtel (7) have scored extra.

What’s subsequent?

Liverpool host Atalanta within the Champions League on Wednesday, 25 November (20:00 GMT) earlier than returning to Premier League motion at Brighton on Saturday, 28 November (12:30 GMT).

Leicester journey to Portugal to face Braga within the Europa League on Thursday, 26 November (17:55 GMT) after which host Fulham of their subsequent Premier League sport on Monday, 30 November (17:30 GMT).

Participant of the match

Diogo JotaDiogo Jota

Leicester Metropolis

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleSchmeichel

  2. Squad quantity3Participant titleFofana

  3. Squad quantity2Participant titleJustin

  4. Squad quantity10Participant titleMaddison

  5. Squad quantity8Participant titleTielemans

  6. Squad quantity24Participant titleMendy

  7. Squad quantity15Participant titleBarnes

  8. Squad quantity28Participant titleFuchs

  9. Squad quantity26Participant titlePraet

  10. Squad quantity9Participant titleVardy

  11. Squad quantity19Participant titleÜnder

  12. Squad quantity6Participant titleEvans

  13. Squad quantity11Participant titleAlbrighton

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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