Liverpool survive Alisson howler and keep 100 per cent record with victory at Leicester

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Liverpool players celebrate going in front early at Leicester on Saturday
Liverpool players celebrate going in front early at Leicester on Saturday

Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season on Saturday, beating Leicester 2-1 to make it four wins from four games.

The Reds went 2-0 up in the first half, and although they were often up against it in the second half, largely thanks to a howler from their goalkeeper Alisson, Jurgen Klopp’s men crucially held firm to go into the international break with their one hundred per cent record intact.

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Liverpool should have scored after just three minutes, when Kasper Schmeichel parried away a Roberto Firmino effort and superstar Mo Salah fired wide from close range.

The visitors did go in front after just ten minutes at a noisy King Power Stadium however, with Andrew Robertson crossing low into the danger area and Sadio Mane taking one touch before firing home.

Sadio Mane scores Liverpool’s first goal at Leicester
Sadio Mane scores Liverpool’s first goal at Leicester

Liverpool were looking good again, and their lead was doubled just before half-time, with Firmino heading home powerfully from a corner.

Klopp’s team were far from convincing after the break however, as hosts Leicester grew in confidence, and Wes Morgan should have scored when unmarked in front of goal, but he couldn’t connect properly with the ball.

Just after the hour mark, Leicester were given a lifeline when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson inexplicably tried to dribble away from his own danger area and was robbed by Kelechi Iheanacho, who crossed for Rachid Ghezzal to smash the ball home. 

Alisson looks dejected after his mistake allowed Leicester a lifeline
Alisson looks dejected after his mistake allowed Leicester a lifeline

Leicester, who were champions of England just two years ago, enjoyed plenty of possession from that point onwards but it was telling that Liverpool held on. This was just the kind of game that has seen them drop points in recent seasons.

Manchester City are a formidable team, but early signs are Liverpool could well be mounting a serious title challenge. This is the first time they’ve won their first four league games since the 1990/91 season.

It’s hard to believe that a whole generation of fans has never seen the Merseysiders win the title – instead their great rivals Manchester United have dominated the Premier League years. Is that about to change?


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