Jurgen Klopp has turned Liverpool into a world-class machine and we saw the perfect example against Leicester City.
To say that the Reds tore Leicester apart would be doing them a disservice. That sounds like the Foxes simply couldn’t cope with Liverpool’s attacking play.
No, Thursday saw a complete performance. It saw Liverpool’s best of the season and it had all three of the finest parts of their system on show.
Liverpool attacked from the off and could have scored inside a couple of minutes. In fact, Trent Alexander-Arnold could have scored before that, having worked a shot inside a minute.
But the Reds created chances all game. James Milner finally found a second goal from the spot, although they could have had a few more before that.
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When that goal did finally arrive, two more quickly followed. They had wounded Leicester and Klopp made sure his team showed no mercy.
Arguably the best part of Liverpool’s performance was the way they controlled things. They got their first goal in the first half and proceeded to make sure that Leicester wouldn’t get into their half.
They achieved that near-flawlessly, holding onto the ball when they could, playing patiently, and pressing intelligently.
Leicester simply couldn’t get into any areas they could create from. Liverpool’s possession forced the Foxes back and made sure that every move their opponents started was from as far back as possible.
The result? Just three shots for the home side (zero in the first-half) and none on target. You can’t really ask for more.
Leicester are a very good side and, naturally, they had periods in charge. While Liverpool did limit these, the Foxes threatened on occasion.
But the Reds countered wonderfully whenever they were pushed back. The best example of creating a chance from it perhaps came in the first-half as Mohamed Salah went through one-on-one but Kasper Schmeichel forced him wide.
It wasn’ about creating chances, however. Liverpool used their counter-attack to relieve pressure and did it consistently, moving back up the field and regaining control.
So while Leicester did manage to work good positions, they never last long. Liverpool just didn’t allow them to.
Jurgen Klopp’s machine
The fact that Liverpool can do all of this in one game and without a change in system is why they’re on top. Klopp has built a machine and it performed in all its glory against Leicester.
They’ll be worthy champions.