Liverpool put in their finest performance of the season with their 4-0 demolition of Leicester City. The win moves the Reds 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
“Yeah, we are nowhere near 100 per cent. I am not sure we have had a game yet where we have been happy with our performance. The City game was excellent but even then we were disappointed that we conceded.”
That’s what Trent Alexander-Arnold told the Daily Mail at the start of the month. You can be sure that he’d have a different opinion now.
Liverpool were utterly magnificent at the King Power Stadium. They controlled Leicester from start to finish and did it in style. It was a 4-0 win over second-place, after all – it doesn’t get much better.
The bizarre thing about Liverpool’s incredible start to the season is that they really haven’t been great. There has been a reliance on late goals, on a little bit of luck and great mentality more than brilliant performances.
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This was truly different, however. This was arguably the first time we’ve seen Liverpool truly demonstrate their best.
Because this was near-perfection at both ends of the pitch. As Alexander-Arnold said in early December, even the win over City had a minor stain to it – an area where Liverpool could improve.
Seeing as Leicester didn’t even muster a shot on target, it’s hard to see where the Reds can improve. Maybe they could have taken even more chances to win by six or seven but that just seems greedy.
It was a game where Liverpool didn’t allow Leicester to do anything they wanted. They couldn’t create, they couldn’t compose themselves, and they weren’t allowed to be organised at the back.
Whereas Liverpool did whatever they liked from start to finish. It’s strange to say about a team 13 points clear but this truly was their first perfect performance.
And that should terrify the rest of the Premier League.