Jürgen Klopp’s team thrashed Leicester and caught Mourinho’s Tottenham on top with 20 points.
Leicester had a start in the current Premier League that made its fans excited about another magical season but, of course, Liverpool, the last champion of the tournament, arrived and gave it a reality check: despite having multiple casualties, they won 3 0 by date 12, he lowered his rival from the top of the contest and went up to accompany José Mourinho’s Tottenham: both have 20 points.
Deprived of their top scorer Mohamed Salah, captain Jordan Henderson and three-quarters of their starting defense, the reigning champions dispatched the team that started the weekend as leader without much shock.
With their usual high pressure, the constant problems generated by the forwards to the visiting defense and a very solvent baseline, Jürgen Klopp’s team did not feel any sense of being diminished.
Leicester, led by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, had just won each of their four away games this season, but the game got out of hand in the first half after Jonny Evans scored a goal against Los Angeles. 21 minutes and the definition of head of the Portuguese striker Diogo Jota at 41.
With that goal, Jota (signed from Wolverhampton in the European summer) became the first player in Liverpool history to score in his first four home games in the top flight of English football.
The champion was able to win more widely, with three shots that he crashed on the posts during the second half, two on behalf of Roberto Firmino and then Sadio Mané. With midfielders James Milner and Fabinho serving as defenders, Klopp’s men tied up Jamie Vardy, the visitors’ powerful goal card.
Brazilian Firmino was rewarded for his good game by heading a corner kick from Milner into the back of the net.
It was a resounding victory for Liverpool on a weekend when Manchester City and Manchester United, two of their title rivals, disappointed yet again. The champions displaced Leicester to second place, matching Tottenham’s line and only below due to goal difference.
They also stretched their undefeated streak at home in the top division to 64, a record that entered club history as the longest of all time.
Although center-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have a long absence, Klopp could win Salah back for the visit to Brighton next weekend, if the forward tests negative after testing positive for coronavirus twice during the FIFA break.
With AP information.