An own goal from Jonny Evans, headers from Diego Jota – continuing his streak of scoring in his first four league games at Anfield, and Roberto Firmino were enough to give Jürgen Klopp a victory over his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
League champions entered this fixture with plenty key players missing, including skipper Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah, Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, and Virgil Van Dijk.
The result moves defending champions Liverpool to 20 points, leveling them with leader Tottenham Hotspur, while Leicester is at fourth with 18 points.
Liverpool Player Ratings:
Alisson (out of 10) – 7
There was not a lot that Alisson had to do on the night. While he did make 4 saves, the Liverpool number 1 mostly had to make regulation stops.
James Milner – 9
The veteran utility man, standing in for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, showed his experience and quality with an influential display at right-back.
Joel Matip – 8.5
Matip is going to be a key man this season and he outlined what a high-caliber defender he is when fit.
Fabinho – 8.5
Fabinho made an extremely welcome return to the starting lineup, slotting in at center-back alongside Matip.
Andy Robertson – 9 (Man of the Match)
It was the night of Liverpool’s full-backs and the third assist in the game came from Robertson’s left foot.
The Scotsman created 3 chances in all and was solid at the back, apart from a couple of hairy moments against James Maddison. Top class performance.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7
With both Henderson and Thiago unavailable, it was Wijnaldum who played the No. 6 role, showing what a versatile footballer he is.
Arguably the least noticeable of the Reds’ middle men, but still a strong showing.
Naby Keita – 7
A frustrating game for Keita. While the Guinean was solid for the most part, making quite an effort off the ball, he was taken off with yet another injury. It’s just not clicking for him at Liverpool.
Curtis Jones – 8
Jones earned his second league start of the season, taking up one of the more attacking midfield positions in Jürgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation.
He defended well, making one key interception in the first half, and he was always quick to use the ball, helping Liverpool find a lovely rhythm.
Diogo Jota – 8
The in-form Jota’s place in the team was guaranteed, considering Salah was out, and he was an Anfield hero yet again.
He’s scored four goals in his first four home league games for Liverpool – no player in the Reds’ top-flight history has achieved that feat before.
Sadio Mane – 7
Mane started on the left flank, despite Jota also starting, and he was a nightmare for Leicester’s defence, twisting and turning them into submission.
Almost scored twice late on, and was still working back doggedly late in the day, helping prevent a Leicester comeback.
Roberto Firmino – 7
Playing particularly deep, Liverpool’s No. 9 felt more involved than in recent weeks, linking nicely with the likes of Keita and Mane.
He somehow didn’t score in front of the Kop, with the ball millimetres from crossing the line, but he finally got his goal to finish off the scoring.
Neco Williams(on for Keita, 54′) – 7
The youngster looked confident, providing overlapping runs from full-back.
Divock Origi (on for Jota, 89′) – N/A
No time to make an impact.
Takumi Minamino (on for Mane, 89′) – N/A
No time to make an impact.
Leicester City Player Ratings:
Kasper Schmeichel: 8/10
The only Leicester player who can hold his head up high. The Leicester captain made a staggering 9 saves, ensuring that the scoreline did not become a humiliating one for the visitors. Some of those stops were right out of the top drawer.
Wesley Fofana: 3/10
Had his hands full and let Mane get in behind far too often. Was dribbled past an astonishing 5 times.
Jonny Evans: 3/10
A night to forget for Evans, who handed Liverpool the lead with a header into his own net. Nearly scored a second own goal soon after and was beaten too easily for Jota’s goal.
Christian Fuchs: 5/10
The best of the Leicester City centre-backs, but that does not really say much. Nevertheless, the Austrian had some important moments as well, notably clearing the ball off the line.
Marc Albrighton: 5/10
A difficult evening for Albrighton up against Robertson. The Englishman never really got on top in his duel, but did deliver a key pass. A couple of clearances off the line were critical as well.
Youri Tielemans: 4/10
Coming into the game on the back of an impressive international break, a lot was expected of Youri Tielemans. However, the young Belgian just could not get going, overpowered by the Liverpool midfielders.
Nampalys Mendy: 5/10
As was the case with most of his teammates, Mendy did not enjoy himself on Sunday. While he recycled the ball well, the Leicester holding midfielder was overrun with ease in the game.
James Justin: 5/10
Booked. Managed to make a few forward runs and harshly booked for foul on Milner
James Maddison: 6/10
Leicester’s creator-in-chief was a rare positive for the visitors, creating 4 chances. However, the English international was kept in check by the Liverpool defenders more often than not.
Harvey Barnes: 5/10
Barnes saw Leicester’s best chance of the game coming his way in the first half, but he fluffed his lines.
Jamie Vardy: 6/10
Like Maddison, Vardy tried and tried to make things happen. But it just wasn’t to be for him on the day, as the Liverpool defenders kept a lid on his output. Created the best chance of the game for Leicester.
Dennis Praet: 5/10
Despite being on the pitch for just half an hour, Praet was far busier than Barnes was. Even played in a key pass, but he could not make a telling impact.
Cengiz Under: 5/10
Introduced midway through the second half, Under was not involved a great deal in the final third and lost Firmino in the lead-up to Liverpool’s third.
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