Jurgen Klopp’s men were dominant again, just as they were away to Tottenham, but this time they put the ball in the back of the net four times (instead of just once).
At Spurs, Liverpool wasted many opportunities and at times were just unlucky not to score. Today they could have scored more again, but they will eventually be satisfied with their four goals.
Liverpool played their first home game of the season, as well as their first game at the extended Anfield.
One might say that one of the major transformative powers of this Reds team has been the signing of Senegal wide attacker Sadio Mane. His direct attacking and speed makes Liverpool a dangerous threat. Add to that Firmino and Daniel Sturridge upfront, it makes for a mouthwatering forward line. They didn’t even need Coutinho to start this game, the Brazilian arriving late in Liverpool due to international duty.
Their opener was a good passing move, which ended in left-back Milner playing a great ball through to Firmino, who stepped inside Robert Huth to steer the ball into the bottom corner.
The Foxes defence were again caught out by Jordan Henderson’s ball forward for the second and Sturridge squared it with his heel for Mane to score on his home debut.
The concern for the team was self inflicted, the Reds were cruising at 2-0 up when Lucas Leiva gifted Jamie Vardy a goal to pull one back. That was due to Mignolet passing to Lucas at a tight angle, and this Brazilian was under pressure before deflecting it straight to the Englishman.
Lucas started in central defense due to a head injury for Dejan Lovren before the game. The Croatians’ eye is swollen and it is hoped he’d be back for the next game.
But Liverpool reclaimed their two-goal lead shortly after halftime thanks to a fierce shot from Adam Lallana.
And late on Mane capitalised on Kasper Schmeichel’s error to set up Firmino’s second.