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Five things we learned as Liverpool beat Leicester City 3-0

Liverpool have beaten Leicester City at Anfield, winning 3-0.

A Johnny Evans own-goal inspired Liverpool an early breakthrough before Diogo Jota doubled the lead not too shortly after. Roberto Firmino completed the rout with all three goals on the night all scored via the head.

It was a record-breaking night at Anfield as the English champions set a new club best of 64 home league games unbeaten.

Here is a look at five things we learned from the victory…

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Liverpool were irresistible

Considering the number of injuries, Liverpool have had to combat in recent weeks, this was some statement from the group of players Jurgen Klopp has persistently lauded as ‘mentality monsters’

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This was a complete performance from start-to-finish from every Liverpool player on the pitch.

 

Klopp got his game-plan spot-on and outwitted Brendan Rodgers with his approach, and via Liverpool’s relentless press.

Meanwhile, Jota cannot seem to stop scoring at this present moment and continues to go from strength-to-strength.

This was a display for everyone to be proud of. Liverpool continuously showcase that even in their darkest hours, there simply is no writing this team off.

It’s just a crying shame this kind of performance did not have fans in attendance to soak it in.

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Jota makes history

Jota’s eighth Liverpool goal of the season ensured the Portugal international became the first Liverpool player to score in his first four league games at Anfield.

His headed-effort came after a stunning sequence of 30 passes which is the most in the build-up to any Premier League goal by the Reds.

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Midfield balance spot-on

The midfield triumvirate of Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones was a stroke of managerial genius from Klopp.

The balance was absolute spot-on and all three players were able to continuously keep Liverpool on the front foot.

Jones in particular showcased his maturity with an accomplished performance and demonstrated exactly why his manager holds him in such high esteem.

Roberto Fimino’s performance should also be recognised for his off-the-ball qualities as much as he will for getting on the scoresheet.

The Brazilian ace was back to his brilliant best, hounding back possession for his team and constantly making himself an outlet to start attacks.

It was the perfect response to eradicate any worries that he had lost his touch this season.

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Full-backs outstanding

Oh James Milner. What a performance. The stand-in skipper was imperious once again for the English champions and was Liverpool’s outstanding player in the first-half.

Time-and-time-again he unleashed his wand of a right foot to send through either Jota or Mane who were constantly looking to run in behind a Leicester back-three.

In total, Milner clocked up five key passes for his team – more than any other player on the pitch.

Andy Robertson was just as formidable as his full-back counter-part Milner. The Scotland captain was a complete menace down that left-flank with Mane.

He assisted the all-important second and created three chances for his team.

Both players were the two outstanding candidates for the MOTM award but on this occasion we think Milner just slightly edges it.

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Klopp flexes muscles

Talk about thriving in the face of adversity. No Van Dijk, no Gomez, no Henderson, no Alexander-Arnold, no Oxlade-Chamberlain, no Shaqiri no Thiago, no problem.

Liverpool showcased their unity and inner strength to climb to joint-top of the league table.

In truth, it could have been five or six, such was the dominance of Liverpool’s performance.

It’s also worth noting that this was only Liverpool’s second clean sheet of the season which will be a huge mental boost given the number of defensive casualties.

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