Have you heard that Liverpool are in the midst of an injury crisis? You haven’t?! Well the Reds have 8 regulars not fit for their showdown with Leicester at Anfield today.
At stake today is Liverpool’s domestic undefeated streak at Anfield. The Reds haven’t lost a Premier League match at Anfield since April 2017 (against Crystal Palace). Leicester were league leaders heading into the weekend.
Who will come out on top?
First half is all Liverpool. They’ve literally run Leicester off the pitch going into the half up 2-0. The Reds have 65% possession and 10 shots (5 on target) at the half to Leicester’s 3 / 1.
It looks like Liverpool will run their unbeaten league home streak to 64 games.
The second half was just as strong as the first. Liverpool were pure class. Leicester didn’t stand a chance. It’s a 3-0 Reds romp. However, special shout-out to Kasper Schmeichel. He faced 24 shots and 13 on target and was a boss. This could’ve been 8-0 if not for Schmeichel.
Liverpool Starting XI vs Leicester
The big reveal! No real surprises except maybe Milner instead of Neco Williams.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Leicester
Jurgen Klopp (8) –
Got the starting line-up right and the lads ready to play.
Alisson (7) –
Challenged a couple of times in the first half but nothing too serious. Clean sheet af.
James Milner (7) –
Defending ably. Forced into the midfield when Keita goes down. Gets assist off corner on Firmino’s goal.
Joel Matip (8) –
Remember in September of 2019 when Matip was our best defender? Well that’s the form he’s in again. Really solid today and keeping the Foxes shut out.
Fabinho (7) –
A welcome addition to the starting line-up. Strong and steady throughout with some good challenges.
Andy Robertson (9) –
Determined. Booming up flanks. This is vintage Robbo. So active. So many good crosses. Dispossesses and delivers a perfect cross to Jota’s head to put the Reds up 2-0. Best match of the season.
Curtis Jones (7) –
Definitely has Klopp’s trust, earning his second domestic start of the season. Positive first touch and powerful shot in the 9th minute — only denied by a great Schmeichel save. Really sharp on the attack early. Work rate and everything is great today. Strong showing.
Gini Wijnaldum (6.5) –
Asked to do a lot of hard work that maybe won’t get noticed. Instrumental in stifling Leicester’s attack.
The Looks Great in Training Naby Keita (5) –
Naby, if you’re finally going to look great in a match instead of just training, today would be a good day to start.
Doing really good job in first half passing the ball backwards and sideways and basically in any direction other than towards the Leicester goal. The one time he does progress the ball forward he sets Mane up to earn a free kick.
Muscle injury forces him out after 53 minutes. Some positive moments but not good enough.
Diogo Jota (8) –
Smartly uses Mane as a decoy and rips a shot in the 13th, but Schmeichel comes up big. Doesn’t matter, ties a perfect run near HT and heads in a perfect Robbo cross. Has a goal in each of his first 4 league games this season.
Sadio Mane (7.5) –
Looks like the fastest man on the pitch. Blistering pace. Should’ve had a goal in the 54th but Schmeichel AGAIN with a strong hand save.
Roberto Firmino (8) –
Expect Bobby to run himself into the ground. Definitely working hard early. Denied by wordwork and more Schmeichel magic in the 2nd half but gets a well-deserved goal on a blast of a header to put the Reds up 3-0.
Neco Williams (6) – Comes in when Keita forced out. Some good moments on ball and defense.
Takumi Minamino (NR) – On late for Mane.
Divock Origi (NR) – On late for Jota.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Andy Robertson was the best player on the pitch today.