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Liverpool 3-0 Leicester - Roberto Firmino scores just his second goal of the season to seal win

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Liverpool 3-0 Leicester - Roberto Firmino scores just his second goal of the season to put champions THREE up at Anfield after Diogo Jota's header and Jonny Evans' bizarre own goalLiverpool made it 63 games unbeaten at home with a 3-0 win over Leicester The Reds took the lead in comical fashion thanks to Jonny Evans' own goal Diogo Jota netted for the fourth home game in a row to double Liverpool's lead After hitting the woodwork twice, Roberto Firmino headed home late on It is the first time Brendan Rodgers' side have lost away from home this season Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found herePremier League table - as it stands 


Nobody wins the league in November. It is, however, possible to make history. And this is exactly what Liverpool did on Sunday night. 



On an evening when the club paid tribute to the late Ray Clemence, Jurgen Klopp's team broke once of the records set by his mighty Liverpool team: a run of 63 unbeaten home games between February 1978 and December 1980. Klopp's 'mentality monsters' are now 64 and counting. 



Clemence, a generous man, would have improved. It is a pity the minute's applause that marked his passing is so muted in empty stadiums; Anfield would have loved to show its appreciation properly.

Liverpool moved level on points with league leaders Tottenham with a 3-0 win over Leicester

Jurgen Klopp's Reds had to work for their win but swatted away the challenge of Leicester

The team did, though, with a performance that would have made any Liverpool man proud, sweeping Leicester aside despite being dogged by injuries to key players in every area of the field. 

They won the game in the first-half, establishing a deserved two goal lead, before Roberto Firmino hit the post twice in the second-half, and scored a header third with five minutes to go. 

It was an emphatic win, arguably Liverpool's strongest performance of the season. Certainly, their most resolute.

Leicester's chances were talked up prior to this game to such an extent as win, or at least a point, would almost not have qualified as an upset. 

The Premier League champions put in their strongest display of the season on Sunday night

Instead, Liverpool took charge early and did not let go, tying with Tottenham on points at the top of the table and confirming that, for all their injuries, nothing would be conceded with one hell of a fight. 

It was a performance, too, that showed how far Liverpool have come in recent years; the ferocity of their work-rate and closing down reminding of nothing more than Leicester in their title-winning season. 

It was a strange goal that gave Liverpool the lead, but it was not strange that they should go ahead. 

A comical Jonny Evans (second right) own goal gave the Premier League champions the lead

The champions were the much the better team in the first-half, the pretenders disappointing despite their positive intent. Leicester have significant injuries, too, not least at the back where Christian Fuchs is deployed as a makeshift centre-half.

Even so, they will never have enjoyed a better opportunity to take advantage of Liverpool, with two centre-halves and the right-back missing, as well as Mo Salah and the captain, Jordan Henderson. 

Given those circumstances, then, this performance was little short of outstanding, certainly in the first-half when Leicester might have hoped to spring a few shocks.

Instead, it was Liverpool whose energy surprised, not least James Milner, filling in at full-back for Trent Alexander-Arnold and playing with the verve of a youth team promotion hoping to catch the manager's eye in training. 

It wasn't just his running, either, but his delivery of dead balls that meant Liverpool's usual right-back-cum-playmaker was not missed. It was Milner's corners that caused Leicester enormous problems, leading directly to the opening goal after 21 minutes.

James Milner set up the opener from the corner and he shone at right-back for the Reds

Yes, there was an element of fortune about it, because it was an own goal and an atypical one at that, but Liverpool made their own luck as the saying goes, not least because they were placing Leicester under enormous pressure and that was partly why they cracked.

The game was just two minutes old when Diogo Jota cut the ball back to Sadio Mane from the right and he fed it back to Naby Keita, whose shot was deflected wide. From the corner, Milner gave the first hint of his danger, picking out Mane at the near post, his header going just wide.

Kasper Schmeichel was called into action twice in five minutes to save shots from Jota and Curtis Jones, set up by Keita and Roberto Firmino. And then the fateful moment. 

It was a good corner by Milner, in a difficult area, but there really was no explanation for the way it flew off the wrong side of Jonny Evans' head and into the goal. It even bamboozled the stadium announcer. 

Evans looked perplexed after he inadvertently headed Liverpool in front during the first-half

'The scorer for Liverpool - number nine, Roberto Firmino!' he revealed. Replays showed Firmino was about as near to it as Leicester's number nine, Jamie Vardy. If anything, it was the lurking presence of Mane that put the hapless Evans off.

Corners and set pieces continued troubling Leicester. Joel Matip headed wide from one after 27 minutes, and later met a free-kick from Andy Robertson that he sent back across goal, to no avail.

Then, four minutes before half-time, Liverpool scored a crucial, and deserved, second. It was beautifully worked from wide areas again, this time from open play, as Robertson cut inside an over-committed Marc Albrighton, whipping a ball in for Jota at the near post. 

He got inside Fuchs and steered a magnificent header past Schmeichel, becoming the first player in Liverpool's history to score in his first four home games. What a signing he has been.

Diogo Jota (right) headed in from Andy Robertson's cross to double Liverpool's first-half lead

Jota scored for the fourth home match in a row since his big money arrival from Wolves

Leicester? They had their moment and perhaps a genuine grievance when Matip appeared to handle in the area, with James Maddison in attendance, after four minutes. Certainly, by modern standards, it was worth a shout.

They also spurned the chance of an early equaliser when, three minutes after Evans' calamity, Harvey Barnes suffered one at the other end. 

Vardy cut the ball back to him in a good position but Barnes sliced his shot well wide. James Justin came closer ten minutes later, cutting inside from the left and curling a shot narrowly past the far post.

It was a quiet night for Leicester talisman and last season's top goalscorer Jamie Vardy (above) 

Liverpool hit the post three times in the second-half including twice from Roberto Firmino 

The second-half, however, swiftly restored Liverpool's supremacy. Jota side-footed a good chance over the bar early, before a lovely pass from Milner - now moved into midfield after an injury to Keita - set Mane through one on one, Schmeichel making an outstanding save. 

Jota then tested him again, and was first to the ball after a strong parry, Schmeichel struggling to recover and Firmino's hitting the near post with a header in the ensuing scramble.

Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be more vexed by the Keita injury than the missed chances, although he has been comparatively lightly raced this season with six first-team starts in all competitions. 

It is impressive, though, the way they continue to rise about this run of misfortune.

Firmino (second right) finally got his reward late on when he headed home Liverpool's third

There was more injury concern for Klopp's side as Naby Keita limped off with a muscle issue

See below for Sportsmail's OLLIE LEWIS' minute-by-minute live blog of Liverpool 3-0 Leicester including score, lineups and updates...

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