Brendan Rodgers made his return to Anfield on Saturday and came close to ending his old club’s winning run, but Liverpool struck late to beat Leicester 2-1.
Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
Premier League, Anfield
October 5, 2019
Mane 40′ (assist – Milner)
Maddison 80′ (assist – Perez)
Milner pen 90+5′ (assist – Mane)
After early predictions Jurgen Klopp could switch to a 4-2-3-1 system for the visit of Rodgers’ side, he stuck with a 4-3-3 but made a tactical alteration in shuffling his forward line.
As with midweek against Salzburg, it was Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold who provided the Reds’ biggest threat early on, and James Milner should have scored within the first 15 minutes as he spooned over the latter’s cross.
The Reds kept up the pressure throughout the opening half-hour while Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Dejan Lovren held their own at the back, and at the other end Firmino was just short of a sumptuous deep cross from Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool’s No. 9 was restored up front before the break, and soon after Mane had opened the scoring, driving inside from the left and firing past Kasper Schmeichel for his 50th goal in his 100th Premier League game for the club.
- Klopp starts Mane right, Firmino left, Salah up front in 4-3-3
- Mane scores 50th league goal in 100th league game after reverting to left
- Leicester denied first shot until 73rd minute; Reds lack clinical edge
- Maddison equalises in 80th minute to set up tense finale
- Milner’s last-minute penalty keeps 100 percent record intact
The Reds almost got the second half off to a perfect start as Alexander-Arnold found space again on the right, but Schmeichel was on hand to make a smart save to deny Salah from point-blank range.
Both Salah and Mane continued to plug away as Liverpool sought a second, and Firmino came close after another great ball from the right-back, before Adrian was called into action to sweep up before Jamie Vardy could pounce.
Leicester’s first shot on goal came in the 73rd minute, coming from Dennis Praet, whose effort soared just wide of Adrian‘s far post from range, and soon after the Belgian was replaced by Ayoze Perez.
Perez then turned provider for the equaliser, with the Spaniard squeezing a pass through for James Maddison to fire through Adrian, who appeared to make a poor effort to save.
Liverpool’s persistence proved decisive, as Mane won a penalty in the last minute, allowing Milner to step up and score to seal the three points.
TIA Man of the Match: Sadio Mane
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Keita, Elliott
Leicester: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Praet (Perez 73′), Tielemans; Barnes (Albrighton 46′), Maddison (Choudhury 86′), Vardy
Subs not used: Ward, Morgan, Justin, Gray