With the opening of the new stand at Anfield, Liverpool kick-started their home campaign with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Premier League champions Leicester.
Jurgen Klopp’s side secured their first league victory since the opening game of the season away to Arsenal in August. One point from a possible six available since their comprehensive victory at the Emirates meant Liverpool were under pressure to guarantee three points at home to Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City.
A brace from Roberto Firmino in between two goals from Sadio Mané and Adam Lallana saw Liverpool destroy the champions. A mistake from Lucas allowed Jamie Vardy in to score his second goal of the season but it was nothing more than a consolation as Leicester produced a less than average performance on Saturday evening.
And these three players were crucial to Liverpool’s impressive victory…
If there was a prize for the league’s most improvement player, Adam Lallana would be sweeping all before him.
Once again another controlling performance where he dictated play, provided an endless amount of energy and he scored an absolute stunner.
Lallana added to his goal for England during the international break with Liverpool’s third of the contest. A lay off from Gini Wijnaldum allowed him to fire a shot into the top left-hand corner of the Leicester net to give Liverpool all three points after some breathtaking football.
A secure home debut from the Senegal international, who already looks comfortable at the heart of Liverpool’s attacking front-three.
Very competitive and and dangerous on the counter-attack, Mané allows Liverpool another dimension as they look to improve on last season’s 8th place finish.
The former Southampton man was sensational and looks to have established a brilliant partnership with Roberto Firmino.
Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool paid £29million for the relatively unproven Brazilian star, but Saturday’s performance over champions Leicester proved why he was snapped up from Hoffenheim in 2015.
Great movement, superb link-up play and terrific finishing meant he was deservedly the game’s man of the match. His first goal could certainly be a contender for goal of the week.