The enormity of the victory over Leicester was not lost on the Liverpool squad as they lauded their “big win” which maintains their 100 percent start to the season.
It was tipped to be a game which would test Liverpool’s resolve after seven games unbeaten, and while the Reds made hard work of it, they stretched their winning streak to eight with a 2-1 win over Leicester.
And it was a lead which should have been significantly bolstered as the Reds dominated proceedings, but the narrow margin ensured the Foxes remained in the fight and they converted with their first shot on target through James Maddison.
The visitors’ goal meant Liverpool had just 10 minutes to find the winner and they did just that after Mane was impeded in the box to pave the way for James Milner to successfully convert in stoppage time.
It was a dramatic afternoon and for Milner, it was a performance which personified the Reds’ character and their ability to find a way to win when their backs were against the wall.
Moreover, when speaking to LFCTV, Liverpool’s No. 7 also spoke of his assist for Mane’s opener and how he should’ve found the net long before his match winning strike from the spot:
“It was tough obviously. Just trying to stay calm in that situation and concentrate on what I was going to do. There was a bit of a wait, but I’m just delighted to get the win.
“I had a couple of good chances in the first half and I should’ve definitely opened the scoring but that’s what happens at this level if you don’t take your chances and they pegged us back.
“We know how quick Sadio is and probably playing left-back helped, it was a left-back position and watching Robbo do it, so I just tried to copy ‘the Robbo’.
“It was always going to be tough, they’re a good team. We looked pretty tired in the second half, but we found a way to win again and that shows the character of the squad.
“Top teams always [find a way to win], they go to the very end of the game and if it hasn’t been your best game or things haven’t gone your way you keep going to the very end and find a way to win and we’ve done it on numerous occasions.
“Sometimes there’s a bit of luck in there but I think it’s also forcing the issue and creating your own luck and the best teams always seem to do it.”
For Jordan Henderson, it was all about celebrating another victory in the bag and commending Milner for his finish from the spot and his subsequent celebration:
And the man himself modestly celebrated a “decent day at work” having both scored and assisted at Anfield:
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And while it was closer than it needed to be, Trent Alexander-Arnold couldn’t hide his love for “a late winner”:
In the end, it was another test whereby Liverpool escaped unscathed, continuing both their incredible winning streak in the topflight and their impressive record of 44 league games unbeaten at Anfield.
But the international break now awaits Klopp’s side where a trip to Manchester United awaits upon the team’s return to Premier League action on October 20.