High-flying Liverpool had one final test before season’s first international break when they travelled to King Power Stadium to contest in-form Leicester City at Saturday lunchtime. A howler from Alisson revitalized the hosts, but the defensive resilience secured all three points on the road following a 2-1 win for the Merseysiders.
Liverpool had a desired start with full control and domination high up the pitch and could have found an opener within minutes if Mohamed Salah hadn’t missed an almost empty net. Roberto Firmino’s strike was saved by Kasper Schmeichel in Leicester goal but the rebound fell kindly for the Egyptian who had both time and space to slot it home. But he struck wide which was pretty unlike him considering his Golden Boot triumph last term with record 32-goal-a-season. But the Reds did not take long to shake off the jittery as Andrew Robertson’s lung-busting run and a cross from the left flank was swiftly converted by Sadio Mane within 10 minutes into the game.
The Foxes, however, pushed hard to stage a comeback and forced Alisson to make a quick reaction save. They failed to find the net and Liverpool, at the other end, doubled their lead in closing seconds of the first half when Roberto Firmino headed home from James Milner’s corner. The visitors had the full control as well as confidence despite relentless attacking movements from Leicester until their new ‘number 1’ made a howler that saw the home side pulling back one via Rachid Ghezzal with the half-an-hour remaining. Alisson learnt the much-needed lesson with no harm done as the Reds defended the narrow lead successfully and scripted their best start of a Premier League season for the first time since 1990.
Leicester City vs Liverpool Lineups:
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy, Rachid Ghezzal, Marc Albrighton (Kelechi Iheanacho 61′), James Maddison (Daniel Amartey 83′), Demarai Gray (Shinji Okazaki 76′).
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold (Joel Matip 89′), Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson (Naby Keita 71′), James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah (Xherdan Shaqiri 71′), Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
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