Liverpool beat Leicester to mark the new era at Anfield
The game on Saturday was marked as the game that would herald a new era. The new stand would bring a new dawn to the club, as impressive as the shadow it casts across Stanley Park.
A new capacity crowd for the Premier league era. The manager in place. The squad in place. Who else to play, but the current Premier league champions. It was a going to be an interesting game with Klopp selecting 7 midfielders with Klopp preferring Milner at Left back over Moreno. An eye injury to Lovren in training forced Klopp to select Lucas to partner Matip in central defence. With the threat of Vardy’s pace Lucas would have his work cut-out to prevent a field day.
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A brand new era
It looked at first as if the occasion was going to be too big for the Liverpool players with Leicester settling in quickly. By the 7th minute we had our 1st real opportunity with Sturridge and Firmino linking well.
Milner is Mr Dependable. He’ll just do the job for you. With 14 assists last season it didn’t take long for him to provide another. In the 13 minute he played Firmino a sublime pass after cutting onto his right. Something opposing defenders need to be wary of.
Firmino did the rest. Slotting home to make a new record Premier League crowd (at Anfield) very happy. Liverpool looked at ease slowing down through game to their pace. Just probing looking for further opportunities.
Occasionally Henderson dropping back to create a back 3 allowing Milner and Clyne to attack. This worked well and allowed Henderson time to control the play as so many expect him to.
Sturridge and Mane linking well
Liverpool continued to deny Leicester and space and chased every ball. Hounding as they have been the last 3 games. A killer pass to Sturridge followed by a cheeky back heel allowed Mane to slip in and make it 2-0. Amazing goal.
The link up play between Sturridge and Mane was superb. Mane ghosting in from the right unmarked. Superb. Sturridge’s running during the 1st half was very impressive. Has he a point to prove?
Awesome…game over? Surely…? Or was it. A mix up with Lucas and Mignolet made Lucas pass the ball across the penalty for Vardy to score the easiest goal he’ll score this season.
All the hard work evaporated in a few seconds. Gutted..
The 2nd half started rapidly.
It was looking like the players were buoyed by an inspiration team talk. Lallana continued to press, he was everywhere. He’s so effective when he’s playing as part of the midfield 3. Him and Wijnaldum both attacking making it hard for the defenders to pick them both up.
Wijnaldum showed his strength holding the ball up after a clever run from Sturridge. Waiting for Lallana to get into place before unleashing a powerful shot to make it 3-1.
2 mins later Lallana won the ball again. He was relentless…Liverpool were so hungry for the ball. Leicester were chasing with Limited time.
Liverpool still wanting more..
Following a Leicester attack Henderson played a sublime killer pass for Mane to run onto. Schmeichel came out of his area, only to be embarrassed as Mane rounded him. Squaring the ball for the equally impressive Firmino to score his 2nd goal.
The board came up, Mane was to be substituted – but for Moreno. Thankfully we were 4-1 up with only minutes to go. There was a sigh of relief as the crowd quickly established Moreno was playing in an advanced position.
Victory for us. The new stand, new era started with a win. It wasn’t just the 3 points that were impressive. But the way we won those 3 points. Today we witnessed superb all round play. Showing Liverpool could actually challenge this year!
Signs that Liverpool are going to be an entertaining team to watch this year. Having scored 4 goals twice this season already and just a goal difference of 2 tells a story.
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