Liverpool toured Leicester – set club record – VG

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(Liverpool – Leicester 3-0) Jürgen Klopp’s men played great and had full control at home against Leicester. But the fact that another Liverpool player had to go out with an injury was a big blow to the joy of an already thin squad.

Because at the position 2-0, with steel control of the match and occasionally brilliant attacking football, what should not happen happened.

Another Liverpool player was injured.

Injuries

This time it was Naby Keïta who was hit. After 54 minutes, he trotted off the field while sticking to the hoarding.

HAD TO: Naby Keïta gets a pat on the head by Jürgen Klopp. Foto: PETER POWELL / POOL

This is bad news for a Liverpool team that has already been hit hard by injuries.

Key players such as Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and the recently coronated Mohamed Salah have all been injured or ill during the 2020/21 season, the season in which Liverpool will try to defend the league gold they so superbly took last season.

Jürgen Klopp could rejoice that Fabinho and Matip were back in the starting line-up for the match against Leicester, and the newly composed defensive line with James Milner at right back kept zero and defended masterfully when they had to. Leicester did not create the whole world.

However, Liverpool did, which could have won by far more than just 3-0. But let’s start with the goals.

30 moves before scoring

The first came after 21 minutes of play. Then Liverpool had run a storm towards the Leicester goal for 20 minutes, and it was former Manchester United player Jonny Evans who was behind the match’s first goal.

Nordiren was superior in the duel with Sadio Mané, but with a clumsy heading he put the ball behind a chanceless Kasper Schmeichel. The tenth own goal in the Premier League this season, and Evans’ sixth own goal as a Premier League player.

Only Richard Dunne (10), Jamie Carragher (7) and Martin Skrtel (7) have more own goals at the top level in England.

STRANGE SITUATION: Jonny Evans Photo: Peter Powell / POOL / EPA POOL

And if the first goal involved a bit of luck for Liverpool’s part, the second was just beautiful. Exactly 20 minutes after the first goal, James Milner turned a beautiful crosser over to Andy Robertson. He calmed the ball, pulled past a man, and aimed at the summer signing Diogo Jota who took a smart run. The Portuguese ran free and elegantly stabbed the ball in behind Schmeichel after a stroke from Robertson.

And not only that: The goal came after Liverpool had 30 moves inside the team. It is the longest attack that has led to scoring since choose received figures for such in the 2006/07 season.

That goal made Jota the first Liverpool player in history to score in his first four home games in the English top division.

– I’m very proud. I just want to help the team, but when such things also happen, I feel proud. Now I just want to continue, says Jota about the record in an interview shown on TV 2.

BURNT: Diogo Jota after his goal. Photo: JON SUPER / X01545

New club record

After abusing chance after chance, Liverpool finally got a highly deserved 3-0 goal when Roberto Firmino stepped up and put the finishing touches on a corner.

But Liverpool could, as mentioned, win by far more.

Sadio Mané, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip all had good opportunities, but if Kasper Schmeichel did not stand in the way, Christian Fuchs or the post did.

FINALLY: Roberto Firmino has been criticized for his lack of goal contributions. On Sunday, it finally loosened up. Foto: LAURENCE GRIFFITHS / X01348

On one chance, 13 minutes before full time, Firmino hit the post, before Mané’s end of the return went to Schmeichel and then to the crossbar. The ensuing return was saved on the line.

Despite the waste of chances, Liverpool scored three points, which also set a new club record. This was their 64th straight home game without a loss in the league. The old series of 63 games without a home loss in the league was stopped in January 1981 by none other than Leicester.

But history did not repeat itself in November 2020.

Instead, history was written.

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