The Foxes entered the festive period at the top of the table, but this defeat will be a major blow to Claudio Ranieri as his hopes of a top-four finish increase.
Setting his side up in a 4-2-3-1 formation at Anfield, Klopp’s tactical work paid off as Liverpool sealed a priceless victory.
Ranieri, deploying his customary 4-4-2, instructed his midfield to operate as a compact, four-man unit, with Mahrez joining Andy King, N’Golo Kante and Marc Albrighton in looking to suffocate Liverpool’s two-man engine of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can.
But while in the early stages this paid off, the excellence of the Liverpool captain and his German team-mate shone through.
Henderson produced a classic captain’s performance on the right-hand side, dictating play when in a deeper position with effortless long-range passes and overlapping to support the Reds’ charge into the final third.
On the other side, Can operated in a slightly more defensive role, countering Alberto Moreno‘s forward movement by dropping back into left-back to keep Mahrez quiet.
Though rather lopsided, this saw Liverpool keep momentum throughout.
Possessing vastly contrasting skill sets, Origi and Benteke were seemingly tasked with performing similar duties.
Origi ran the channels in his 38 minutes on the field, stretching play and latching onto Henderson’s pass, while Benteke did similar—though Liverpool adopted a more direct approach on his arrival.
Benteke provided the finishing touch on 63 minutes, rewarding the Reds’ dominance.
It was the industry and creativity of Can and Henderson, however, that earned Liverpool this victory.