Leicester City Starting 11: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Pereira, Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray, Ghezzal.
Liverpool Starting 11: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Virgil, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
For Liverpool, Shaqiri, Keita, and Matip came from the bench to play in the second half and for the Foxes, Iheanacho and Okazaki were the impact substitutions.
Liverpool deservingly came out victorious from their visit to King Power Stadium against Leicester City to place themselves at the top the table once again with 12 points from four Premier League games. It’s for the first time since 1990, Liverpool have won four out of four of the opening League games.
Liverpool got off to a breezy start. Within first 15 minutes, the Reds could have been three goals up. Salah missed an easy chance very early. After a barrage of attacks and slick play between the Liverpool front three, Liverpool managed to break the deadlock at the 10th minute, thanks to left-back Robertson and Mane. Robertson burst into a run like a raging bull to outpower Foxes’ right-back Ricardo and provide a beautiful cutback to Mane. Senegal International Mane found the back of the net with a meticulous finish.
Throughout the first half, Liverpool dominated the game. At the fag end of the first half, Firmino doubled the Liverpool lead from a brilliant header at the 45th minute, from a pinpoint Milner delivery from the corner. Leicester paid the price for no man-marking as the Brazilian virtually had none to mark him.
In the first half, Leicester paid the price for not playing a proper number nine. Without a striker in Vardy’s suspension, there was zero penetration in the Leicester attack. The second half was an entirely different story, as Henderson was poor against a pressing Leicester City and the Liverpool midfield was especially poor in the second half. Leicester did not do the same mistake as the first half as they brought in striker Iheanacho. At the 63rd minute, due to Liverpool number one Alisson Becker’s howler, Iheanacho won the ball and set it up for Ghezzal for the tap-in to score the Foxes’ goal. Following the goal, though the home side didn’t get any clear-cut chance to score, they kept Liverpool on their toes throughout. In the end, it was a hard fought win for Liverpool as the tie looked like a game of evens.
Joe Gomez was the man of the match. Both Van Dijk and Gomez was fantastic overall with 13 clearances, 4 interceptions and 100% aerial duel winnings.
Without playing full throttle football and without their high-intensity energy-sapping football, the Reds are churning out victories from even tough away fixtures like this. A potential Title winner? Yes.