Liverpool’s away win at Leicester certainly was redemption. Redemption on many levels as Klopp and his men came away with all three points.
- Redemption after the awful mid-week display.
- Coutinho’s redemption after his flirting with Barcelona thanks to a sublime first-half goal.
- With three points in the bag Mignolet redeemed himself with a superb penalty save.
It was an extremely tense final 20 minutes in the game that saw Liverpool presented with plenty of opportunities to actually win it before half-time.
Klopp switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Mignolet; Moreno, Lovren, Matip, Gomez; Henderson, Can; Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah; Firmino.
- Salah made it 0-1 with a superb header at the far post, after missing an easier opportunity earlier.
- A brilliant Coutinho made it 0-2 with his first goal of the season.
- Okazaki made it 1-2 on the stroke if half-time with a controversial goal with players complaining of Mignolet being held.
- Henderson scored from a Liverpool counter attack to make it 1-3.
- Vardy’s header made it 2-3.
- Mignolet brough down Vardy but then saved the resulting penalty.
Liverpool won 2-0 in their Carabao Cup third-round meeting on Tuesday, but the Reds exacted revenge on their return to Premier League action.
Credit to Daniel Sturridge who certainly looks the sharpest he has done for a long while. Always willing to track back and run the channels when requested. It was this led to Henderson’s goal with Sturridge orchestrating the counter-attack.
Liverpool had few further scares to survive as they held on for a timely victory after a modest run of form, the win moving Jurgen Klopp’s side up to fifth in the table.
Many Liverpool fans were resigned to never seeing Coutinho in a red shirt again after he handed in a transfer request over the summer, with Spanish giants Barcelona chasing his signature.
However Liverpool we reluctant to sell and would not allow the massive rumoured £138m transfer to go ahead.
Today he showed exactly why they decided to keep him. His inch perfect cross for Salah to head home from the far post showed everyone just why he is so important.
Followed by a beautiful free-kick which bent around the wall and into the corner of the net.
Coutinho was back – but for how long?
Leicester exploiting Liverpool’s weaknesses
It’s obvious for all what our defensive frailties are, they are well documented and it was clear Leicester’ s game plan was to just exploit it.
They are not a possession based team – just resilient, determined and willing to fight it out. To be fair, some qualities we are lacking!
Vardy, as usual was a menace with a constant battle with Moreno during the game. Having scored two goals in his last two games against Liverpool, Vardy was almost expecting to score two again. Had it not have been for Mignolet’s penalty save he would have made it three out of three!
Jurgen Klopp – leading us out of the bad spell
Had it not have been for the Manchester clubs early dominance in the league so far Klopp wouldn’t have faced quite the criticism he has done – regardless, to draw two and lose two in all competitions since the emphatic win over Arsenal is not what we had hoped for. Do we over hype each season? Possibly. With Klopp oozing such class, energy and enthusiasm it’s hard to get not get carried away. You could sense the relief at the end of the game as he celebrated with trademark gusto at the final whistle after picking up all three points. Hugging what seemed like every single player, congratulating the Leicester players and thanking the travelling fans.
“I really think in a moment like this so many things are positive.
“The three points are the proof for the public that we are still here, everything is good. Let’s make the next step together.”