Tuesday 27 September 2016

Liverpool v Leicester - Story of the match

Published 10/09/2016 | 19:56

Liverpool's Sadio Mane (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal
Liverpool's Sadio Mane (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Liverpool marked the opening of Anfield's new Main Stand in style with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester.

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Their first home match of the season was certainly worth the wait as Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in the 13th minute before the impressive Sadio Mane made it two.

Jamie Vardy took advantage of some woeful defending from Lucas Leiva to pull one back but Adam Lallana thumped in Liverpool's third 11 minutes after the break and Firmino added a late fourth.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Can't see Claudio persisting much longer this season with 2 forwards and 2 wide men now that Leicester have lost the ubiquitous Kante." - ex-England striker and Leicester fan Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker).

STAR MAN

Sadio Mane

If the forward keeps up this form then the £30million Liverpool paid Southampton for his services will look a bargain. He began the match slowly but burst into life with a run down the right to set up a chance for Daniel Sturridge and built from there. His goal was coolly taken and Mane's pace took him past Kasper Schmeichel to set up Firmino for the fourth.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Liverpool's attacking players combined brilliantly at times and never more so than for the second goal scored by Mane. Jordan Henderson's nonchalant chipped pass was perfect for Sturridge. The England man picked out Mane with a back-heel and he chipped the ball over Schmeichel.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Wanting to play out from the back is laudable enough but it has to be done at the right time and Liverpool played themselves into unnecessary trouble on several occasions. They were in total control when Simon Mignolet rolled the ball to Lucas on the edge of his area. The makeshift defender took a poor touch, panicked and presented a goal to Vardy. Even after that they continued to play with fire. Work to do on the training ground for Jurgen Klopp.

RATINGS

LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 7

Lucas Leiva: 5

Joel Matip: 6

James Milner: 7

Jordan Henderson: 7

Adam Lallana: 7

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6

Sadio Mane: 8

Roberto Firmino: 7

Daniel Sturridge: 7

Substitutes

Philippe Coutinho: 5

Kevin Stewart: 5

Alberto Moreno: 5

LEICESTER

Kasper Schmeichel: 6

Danny Simpson: 5

Wes Morgan:5

Robert Huth: 5

Christian Fuchs: 5

Danny Drinkwater: 5

Daniel Amartey: 5

Riyad Mahrez: 5

Marc Albrighton: 5

Shinji Okazaki: 5

Jamie Vardy: 6

Substitutes

Luis Hernandez: 5

Ahmed Musa: 6

Leonardo Ulloa: 6

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