Liverpool returned to domestic action after being crowned the best team in the world—and immediately set about proving themselves the best team in England by a distance.
The gap before kick-off was 10 points; by full time, double that amount would have been a more realistic assessment of the gulf between the Foxes and the Reds.
Roberto Firmino scored twice, both assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold, while James Milner netted a crucial penalty. Trent himself then scored the fourth after being set up by Sadio Mane, as Liverpool blew away their second-placed opponents.
For now, though, the Reds can sit back and recover after a job very well done.
The star of the show was right-back Alexander-Arnold, who was near-perfect with his delivery, his consistency and certainly with his late strike.
Our No. 66 told Amazon Prime after the game that it was a big display in a big game, and noted that despite his strike helping to send the Reds well clear, standards must not drop:
“We played really good football after all the travelling and intense period, yes it is the best performance of the season.
“We controlled it, to get four goals is something to be proud of.
“I don’t get on the scoresheet too often. I saw the space from Sadio Mane‘s pass and thought, ‘hit it first time’…[it’s] good to get the goals, the three points is what we came for. We are made up.
“You don’t really think you will be 13 points [clear] but we are happy to be in this position and we will not take it for granted. This is the Premier League and anything can happen.”
He wasn’t alone in preaching the continued message of focus and determination.
Sub Milner scored with his first touch after coming on, but pointed out to Amazon that Liverpool could even have scored more:
“I think it was important to start well, we knew they would be fired up.
“In the first half we weren’t as clinical as we could have been but it was a great performance and to get the number of goals was pleasing. [It was] a good, solid performance.
“It was a big penalty. We had had a few chances and they are always dangerous so it’s nice to put it in.
“It’s one of many successful nights so far this season. We are not even halfway. So much can change and happen. The strength of this team is we take it one game at a time.”
After the game, several members of the squad took to social media to post on Twitter or Instagram, displaying their pleasure at the result.
Trent’s celebration sent the usual ironic rumours going that a certain French striker was on the way…
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@trentaa98) December 26, 2019
…while fellow full-back Andy Robertson jokingly lamented the fact that he was no longer top of the assists charts, after Trent’s double act.
This aged well…? https://t.co/qKymIkVL37
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) December 26, 2019
Midfield duo Milner and Gini Wijnaldum sent belated wishes to Reds fans in the form of the three points:
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) December 26, 2019
— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) December 26, 2019
While scorer Firmino and again-impressive Naby Keita sent a simple message of congratulations to their team-mates for a big performance:
Now Liverpool have just under three days to recover, before a home game against Wolves—the first of three successive fixtures at Anfield across the end of this year and the start of 2020.