Liverpool continued their dominance at the top of the Premier League standings as they picked up a close 2-1 triumph over Leicester City on the road. The Reds had come into the game without conceding a single goal but they had to overcome a testing challenge to pick up three points after a needless blunder from goalkeeper Alisson brought the Foxes into the game.
Three things we learned:
Sadio Mane continues his bright form: While much of the focus has been on Mohamed Salah this season, Mane has slowly built up momentum with four goals from as many appearances. One of those came within the 10th minutes of the Foxes game and this set the Reds on the path for their best-ever start to a Premier League season. Salah had an odd-game versus Leicester where he made a couple of poor decisions whilst approaching goal, but the Reds supporters should undoubtedly be pleased with the remaining members of the attacking trident – Mane and Roberto Firmino, netting on the day.
Alisson Becker needs to curb his instincts: Just last week, Jurgen Klopp had warned the shot-stopper after he made an audacious dink over Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert after being unable to catch the ball. Against Leicester, Alisson unquestionably had his Karius moment as his reluctance to clear the ball saw him caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho who fed through Rachid Ghezzal to find the scoresheet. Following the game, Klopp did not happen to criticise the keeper’s decision but surely, the Brazilian will think twice before trying to show off his ball-playing abilities.
Leicester City’s second half performance: The Foxes looked outplayed during the first period whereby most of the action was on their side of the pitch. However, after finding themselves 2-0 down at the break, the Foxes came with a renewed vigour in the second half with a number of scoring opportunities created. James Maddison and Ghezzal showed glimpses of their potential against the Reds and the return of Jamie Vardy after his recent sending off, should better the Foxes’ goalscoring prowess following the international break.
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