Liverpool showed just how big the gap is between the top and the rest with a thumping 4-0 win away to second-place Leicester on Boxing Day.
Leicester 0-4 Liverpool
King Power Stadium, 26 December 2019
Goals: Firmino 30′ 74′, Milner pen 71′, Alexander-Arnold 78′
Away from home we might have been, but the Reds almost scored twice in the opening minute – Trent Alexander-Arnold seeing a shot saved from 25 yards, before Sadio Mane side-footed one wide after a Mo Salah cross.
Salah was next with a big chance after the Reds broke from a Leicester corner, but after rounding Kasper Schmeichel who came racing out of his box, the No. 11 opted to shoot from a narrow angle instead of squaring to Mane, and only hit the side-netting.
On the half-hour mark, the Reds made their pressure tell; after a corner, Trent delivered from deep on the left, Bobby Firmino made his run to the far post and planted a brilliant header down into the bottom corner.
Mane should have immediately made it two, but drilled a shot straight at Schmeichel and the Reds had to settle for a one-goal lead at the break.
Half time: Leicester 0-1 Liverpool
- Gini replaces Ox in starting lineup
- Reds dominate first 45′ against second-placed Foxes
- Trent, Salah and Mane all spurn chances
- Firmino heads opener on the half-hour mark
The second half started with Leicester finally managing their first shot of the game—Gomez blocking Tielemans’ speculative effort—before the Reds resumed their absolute dominance.
Keita, Henderson and Alexander-Arnold were relentless in helping the Reds quickly win back possession and spread play wide, and Firmino almost scored a second from close-range after an Andy Robertson cross.
Gomez was booked for an apparent foul on Jamie Vardy in a rare Leicester attack, but the possession and the chances in the opening hour had only come one way.
Even so, a spell of Leicester pressure would have reminded Jurgen Klopp that the Foxes scored with a single chance at Anfield, and the boss made a double sub on 68 minutes: Origi and Milner on for Keita and Salah.
And the vice-captain’s first touch was a big one: a penalty awarded for a handball by Soyuncu, which Milner put straight down the middle to make it 2-0 to the Reds.
Within a few minutes it was game over for sure; a lovely passing move cut the home side open, Trent crossed low and Firmino took a touch before curling a side-footed strike into the top corner from eight yards.
The Reds were rampant and intent on showing just how big the gap from first to second was; our No. 66 provided the fourth just minutes after his second assist, racing half the length of the pitch to sweetly fire in after Mane teed him up.
A massive display on Boxing Day from the imperious Reds—and this one took the team a big step closer toward celebrating the Premier League title in May—or sooner, at this rate!
Full time: Leicester 0-4 Liverpool
- Milner scores penalty seconds after coming on
- Firmino scores his second to seal the win
- Trent adds a fourth goal to his two earlier assists
- Liverpool 13 points clear at the top, City to play tomorrow
TIA Man of the Match: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Referee: Michael Oliver
Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Barnes (Albrighton), Praet (Perez), Tielemans, Maddison (Choudhury); Vardy
Subs: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Gray
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson (Lallana), Wijnaldum, Keita (Milner); Salah (Origi), Firmino, Mane
Subs: Adrian, N. Williams, Jones, Shaqiri
Next match: Wolves (home, Sunday 29 December, 4.30pm)