Liverpool put a firm stamp on their position in the Premier League table with a 4-0 Boxing Day massacre of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Dictated by a 21 year old superstar in the making, Trent Alexander Arnold, Liverpool put in their best performance of the season. A goal and three assists for the Scouse fullback.
Liverpool started the game brightly. Trent has a shot from distance just about held by Schmeichel, and immediately after Mane had a decent chance from a Salah cross but he put his effort wide.
The Reds were being provided a variety of space by the Foxes, and were taking advantage of it. Sadio Mane nearly played Salah in, but he couldn’t get much on his effort.
Following a horrible giveaway from Leicster center half Johnny Evans, Salah had another decent chance at goal but sent his effort into the heavens.
The game completely opened up after the first couple of minutes. Box to box stuff.
Mo Salah was played clean through, 1 on 1 with Schmeichel, rounded the keeper but instead of playing one of his teammates in; tried to convert the chance himself and failed to do so. Much to the frustration of Klopp and the Liverpool runners.
Another bad giveaway from Leicester put Henderson in, but it took a deflection wide of the far post. The Foxes were playing with fire; as the Red’s press was on full effect.
Following a spell of pressure from the Reds, Leicester full back Ricardo Pereria put the ball out for a corner. Following the clearance of the corner, Trent picked up the ball at the top left corner of the box and drilled a peach of a ball to the back post; right onto Firmino’s head. 1-0 Liverpool after 31’.
Seconds after, a failed clearance from Johnny Evans saw Mane pick up the ball with just the keeper to beat, but kicked his chance right at the keeper’s chest. Leicester were on the ropes 34 minutes in.
The halftime whistle blew; and Liverpool led 1-0. A dominant first half from the Reds.
Both teams came out for the second half unchanged.
Leicester finally worked their first shot of the contest in the 49’; but Tielemans’ chance was deflected wide without the slightest chance of it beating Alisson.
Mo Salah wasted another glorious opportunity after Schmeichel tried to parry a corner away but didn’t get a significant hand to it.
Roberto Firmino put a pin-point Andy Robertson cross right across the face of goal. Should’ve scored. Liverpool were completely dominating the game. Leicester couldn’t get a touch on the ball. Completely one-sided.
Leicester made their first substitution in the 58’, bringing on Marc Albrighton for Harvey Barnes.
Jaimie Vardy found space for the first time all night, ran at Joe Gomez and was brought down outside the box. Gomez was booked for his first foul after James Maddison got off free going into the back of two Liverpool players in the first half.
Maddison sent the ensuing free-kick over the bar. Leicester were beginning to grow into the game. Dennis Praet found some space and tried an effort, but it was well wide.
Liverpool made their first substitution of the evening in the 69’, a double switch. James Milner for Naby Keita and Divock Origi for Mo Salah.
Following the substitution, Liverpool had a corner. On the ensuing corner, the Reds were awarded a penalty following a Soyuncu handball in the box. James Milner stepped up to the penalty spot and doubled Liverpool’s lead with his first touch. 2-0 Liverpool after 71’.
Following the goal, Leicester made their second substitution; bringing on Ayoze Perez for Dennis Praet.
Following a bit of frustration from James Maddison, he was booked two tackles later than he should’ve been for kicking the ball away from the ref after conceding a foul.
Liverpool smelled blood after that penalty. Constantly playing through Trent Alexander Arnold down the right side will eventually pay off, and it did. A fizzing ball from the right back right across the goal found Roberto Firmino in space, who slotted his effort into the top right corner. Class finish. 3-0 Liverpool after 74’.
Leicester made their third and final sub in the 76’ following Liverpool’s third goal, bringing on Hamzah Choudury for James Maddison.
Leicester tried and tried to find Vardy long all night, but it wasn’t there. This time Van Dijk cut it out, Milner released Wijaldum through the middle, and Gini rewarded Trent for his sixty yard run with a through ball that Trent fired into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. 4-0 Liverpool after 78’. This onslaught was being flirted with all night long.
The only blip on this performance; Jordan Henderson leaving the match injured. This made Klopp make his final sub hoping to prevent the skipper from picking up a serious knock. He was replaced by Adam Lallana in the 82’.
The two teams played out the three minutes of stoppage time that were awarded, and the full time whistle blew. 4-0 Liverpool.
13 points clear of second place Leicester who they just buried. The title charge is fully on now. The Reds are on a mission to end the 31 year league title drought. Man city have a chance to cut the lead to 11 points tomorrow when they play Wolves. Next up for Liverpool: Wolves on Sunday at Anfield.