Liverpool's James Milner (left) celebrates scoring a penalty vs. Leicester (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Liverpool squad hail ability to “create their own luck” as Reds juggernaut rolls into break on winning note

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.

Jurgen Klopp’s side deservedly took an advantage into half time after Sadio Mane calmly slotted the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner (L) celebrates with team-mate Virgil van Dijk after scoring the winning second goal, an injury time penalty, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.”

Following the final whistle, both Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson lauded the “big win” which stretched Liverpool’s winning streak in the league to 17:

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:

Similarly, Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum “gladly” welcomed another three points after the visitors handed the Reds a late scare:

It was a case of lauding both the team and the Anfield faithful for Adrian and Dejan Lovren as momentum was successfully maintained heading into the international break:

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.