LIV vs LEI, EPL Highlights: Jota, Firmino guide Liverpool to 3-0 win over Leicester

LEI vs LIV, EPL 2020-21 Highlights: Catch the premier league commentary, updates and highlights between Liverpool and Leicester at Anfield.

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A view of tonight's venue, the Anfield.   -  TWITTER/LIVERPOOL

FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 3-0 LEICESTER CITY

 

That's all for today. Thank you so much for joining us. Until next time, it's goodbye! CIAO!

With this win, Liverpool moves up to the second place in the points table, only behind Tottenham on goal difference. From start to finish, it was an incredible display by the champion!

90+4' FULL-TIME! HISTORY FOR LIVERPOOL AS THE MERSEYSIDE GIANT MAKES IT 64-0 AT HOME!

 

Four minutes have been added to the final 45.

89' SUBSTITUTIONS FOR LIVERPOOL! ORIGI, MINAMINO-IN| JOTA, MANE- OUT

86' GOOOOAALLLL!! AND FINALLY, FIRMINO GETS HIS GOAL ON THE NIGHT!! A brilliant goal to increase the home side's advantage. Coming to the goal, the is deep inside the box for the corner. The delivery is superb and he manages to tower over his defender and get enough power behind to beat Schmeichel at the far post.

SEVEN minutes to go!

77' INCREDIBLE HOW THAT'S NOT GONE IN! Firmino, from inside the box on the right, rifles the ball on goal. The ball ricochets back to him off the left post but the Brazilian is still in the follow through of his first shot and the comes off his leg and is about to cross the line when Albrighton pulls off a great goal-line save. The follow-up falls to Mane near the penalty spot, whose shot is saved by Schmeichel and hits the same post. Eventually, Schmeichel pouches the ball. Incredible!

72' CRY FOR PENALTY BUT NOT GIVEN! Jota, once again, shows brilliant footwork to get past three defenders and makes his way into the box. He tees up with his left foot but is impeded by Fofana. The connection is poor and the ball rolls wide of the near post. He looks in some pain but he is okay now.

63' SUBSTITUTIONS FOR LEICESTER! Fuchs, Barnes-IN | Under, Praet-OUT

57' SAVE! POST! CLEARED! It's all happening at Anfield because Liverpool is all over the visitor. Firmino threads it quickly to his right to Jota. He shoots at goal and Schmeichel does well to get down on time to make the save at the near post. The rebound rolls to Jota, who squares it from the right of the box. Schmeichel makes another save but the danger is still lurking as Firmino is right infron of goal. His header hits the post and eventually, the ball is cleared. DRAMA OF THE HIGHEST ORDER

55' SAVE AND SAVE!!!  A double save by Leicester to keep the scoreline at 2-0, for now. Mane finds himself in acres of space in the left channel. He has Jota for support but he is marked so Mane goes for glory himself. Schmeichel gets a hefty palm behind it but the ball is descending close to the line. Jota looks to head it in but his marker Fuchs heads the ball over the crossbar. NOTHING COMES OFF THE CORNER.!

53' SUBSTITUTION FOR LIVERPOOL! NECO WILLIAMS-IN | KEITA-OUT

49' CORNER FOR LEICESTER! First of the half goes to the visitor. The corner falls short of the near post and Liverpool counters. Nothing comes off it either.

48' SAVE! Tielemans threads the ball to Maddinson, who releases Barnes on the left flank. He takes a crack at goal from the edge of the box but hits it straight to Alisson, who makes a comfortable save.

46' Liverpool sets the ball rolling for the final 45.

SECOND HALF!

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46+1' PEEEP! PEEP! The first half ends with Liverpool leading 2-0. 7 first-team players missing but Klopp's side hit the top gear from the onset. More on the other side of the short interval.  STAY TUNED!

1 minute added to the first half

42' GOOOOALLLL!!! IT'S THAT MAN AGAIN! DIOGO JOTA, WHO HAS BEEN IN RED HOT FORM FOR THE REDS! Robertson receives a cross-field pass with a sublime first touch and then floats the ball into the box. The cross in inch-perfect for the incoming Jota, who heads the ball to his right and past Schmeichel. Sublime football!

34' CORNER NOT GIVEN! Justin dances his way into the centre from the left flank and looks to beat Alisson with a curler. However, the ball drifts wide of the post. Replay shows the ball took a touch off Matip's head.

32' FREE-KICK! For Liverpool on the left flank. Robertson floats it to the far post and Firmino, who was unmarked, drags his header just wide of the far post.

24' JUST WIDE!!! Fofana finds Barnes, who in return frees up Vardy in the left flank. Vardy zips down to the byline before squaring it back to Barnes. He opens up his foot too much and hits it wide of the far post.

21' GOOOOOALLL!!! LIVERPOOL TAKES THE LEAD!! ANND IT'S AN OWN GOAL FROM JONNY EVANS!! A REALLY COMICAL OWN GOAL. A huge blip in concentration and unfortunately for him and the team that the ball ends up in the back of his own net. The ball is curled in from the right post and Evans is marking Mane. The ball comes directly to him. He tries to head the ball away but because of the poor timing, the ball bounces in the wrong direction.

21' CORNER! Milner seeks Jota but Evans gets in the way.

14' SAVE! Jota, this time, forces a straight-forward save from Peter Schmeichel. Firmino sets up Jota in the D, who shifts the ball away from Fuchs and takes a crack at goal.

13' TOO STRONG! Maddinson blocks Robertson's cross and Leicester counter through the left flank. LB Justin bursts down the flank with Fofana charging down the centre. Justin plays an audacious lob cross but the ball spins up and over Fofana for a Liverpool throw-in!

4 shots for Liverpool but the side hasn't managed to find the back of the net yet. On the other hand, Leicester has made a bright start.

4' PENALTY SHOUT!!! But denied by VAR. The ball hits Matip's arm inside the Liverpool area but VAR says it's ball to hand. However, replays shows he might have slightly (!) moved his hand towards the ball? Well, the game goes on.

3' SIDE-NETTING!!! Mane and Liverpool's clever ploy almost works here. Milner curls to it to the near post only to see Mane find the side netting with the header.

2' KEITTAAA!!! CORNER! Keita's long-range effort, after Jota and Mane combine, is parried away by Schmeichel for a corner. First of the game.

1' Leicester gets the game underway. Sporting the away white kit, the Foxes kick off from left to right.

KICK-OFF!!!

The players are now lining up on the pitch. An overcast evening at Anfield.

LIVE UPDATES:

-> Liverpool is currently unbeaten in 63 home league games and needs just one more to set a new outright club record.

-> Leicester is one of only two visiting clubs to have taken any points off Liverpool at Anfield in their last 38 matches.

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STARTING XIs:

Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Jones, Jota, Mane, Firmino

Everton: Schmeichel, Albrighton, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Justin, Mendy, Tielemans, Barnes, Maddison, Vardy

 

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Liverpool still world class with key players out, says Leicester's Rodgers

Leicester City does not expect Premier League champion Liverpool to be weakened despite missing important players due to injury and illness ahead of Sunday’s clash between the teams, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.

Rodgers’ former side is without central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after both had knee surgery, while right back Trent Alexander-Arnold and skipper Jordan Henderson are also nursing injuries.

Forward Mohamed Salah is unavailable after contracting COVID-19 during the international break while midfielders Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are battling to return having been out with injuries.

Rodgers, however, said that Liverpool has the squad depth to cope with its problems.

“They’ve got top class players. We’ve seen it ourselves with our injuries that the players have come in and done really well and that’ll be the same for them,” Rodgers told reporters ahead of the clash at Anfield.

“It’s an extremely difficult one. Even with players missing it’s still a squad of world-class players. You’re going to have to be aggressive when you’re defending and clinical in attack. You want to play the best and they have clearly been that.”

Leicester is third in the standings after eight games with 18 points, two less than current leader Tottenham and tied with Chelsea and only below on goal difference, but Rodgers said he would not be drawn into talking about the title race.

“We’ve only played eight games. We want to keep the humility we have in the group and prepare as best as we can for every game,” Rodgers said.