Liverpool continued their Jekyll and Hyde start to the Premier League season with a 4-1 win against Leicester City.
When Jamie Vardy reduced the deficit before half-time, it looked quite possible that Leicester could leave Anfield with at least a point.
However, an impressive second-half showing ensured the Reds picked up all three points.
Goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead inside 31 minutes. Both goals were very easy on the eye.
Lucas Leiva produced a horror mistake to allow Vardy to reduce the deficit in the 38th minute but Adam Lallana restored Liverpool’s two-goal advantage shortly after the restart. Firmino’s late strike ensured a comfortable win.
Here are five things we learned from an action-packed contest.
Liverpool *might* have the best attack in the Premier League
Ok, so Manchester City fans might not agree. But there is definitely something special about Liverpool’s offence.
Firmino, Mane and Daniel Sturridge were mightily impressive in the first 45 minutes, their fluency on full display for Liverpool’s goals. Lallana's performance was also class.
Philippe Coutinho didn’t even start for the Reds. That’s a scary thought.
Liverpool’s defensive frailties remain a concern
Though Liverpool were deadly going forward, their defence remains a work in progress.
Simon Mignolet nearly conceded a second goal when he rushed out of his goal like a headless chicken, while the decision to start Lucas Leiva in defence is one Jurgen Klopp will be ruing.
The Brazilian’s error allowed Vardy to score. Plenty of work on the training ground is required.
Leicester City miss Kante
The Foxes were bereft of any energy and running in the second half, and that’s why they couldn’t get back into the contest.
There were also plenty of holes in the defence that Liverpool were able to exploit.
Nampalys Mendy missed the game due to an ankle injury but it’s hard to imagine the Frenchman making much of a difference.
What Leicester missed was N’Golo Kante’s ability to break up the play and regain possession.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez might be regretting their summer decisions
Unlike Kante, Vardy and Mahrez decided to stay at the King Power Stadium this summer.
But with the Foxes sitting in the bottom half with two losses from four games, the pair might be regretting their loyalty.
Both could have found Champions League football at different clubs, and wouldn’t have to play in a side struggling to match last season’s incredible heights.
Has Klopp found Wijnaldum’s best position?
Georginio Wijnaldum joined the Reds from Newcastle in the summer and Klopp has been working ever since to find his best position.
The Netherlands international is incredible versatile - he can play anywhere in midfield.
However, he shined today in the middle of a three-man midfield.
His position could still change when Emre Can returns, but that’s not a problem. His confidence is sky high and he won’t mind where Klopp plays him.
Can Liverpool finish in the top four? What's happened to Leicester? Give us your post-match thoughts in the comments section below!
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