Liverpool raised its record in the number of unbeaten matches at home in the domestic league to 64, by beating Leicester City 3-0 in the ninth stage matches of the England football championship yesterday, Sunday, in which Arsenal snatched a lucky draw with Leeds United, while Everton regained the tone of victories at the expense of Fulham.
Liverpool followed the leaders Tottenham Hotspur, both of whom have 20 points, but the latter excels by goal difference (12 to 5), while Leicester failed to regain the lead and fell to fourth place with 18 points, on goal difference behind Chelsea.
At “Anfield”, Liverpool maintained its unbeaten record at home over 64 matches, specifically since its fall to Crystal Palace 1-2 on April 23, 2017, more than three and a half years, by beating Leicester City, the league champion in 2016, by three. Clean, setting a new personal record.
Ironically, Liverpool had won a series of 63 unbeaten matches between February 1978 and December 1980 before falling to … Leicester City in January 1981.
Liverpool played the match in the absence of its Egyptian striker, Mohamed Salah, who was infected with the new Corona virus after his presence with his country to compete in the 2021 African Nations Qualifiers, specifically after attending his brother’s wedding.
Liverpool started the game strongly and Senegalese Sadio Mane headed the ball after 4 minutes from a corner kick into the outer net (4). Then Mane passed a forward ball towards Portuguese Diogo Jota, and he fired it from within the area, but the Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was on the lookout (8). Then Schmeichel neutralized a ballistic missile fired by Jota from the outskirts of the region (13).
Liverpool continued to impose its preference, and then came the goal of progress by friendly fire when Irish defender John Evans tried to disperse the ball with his head from a corner kick, so he turned it into a mistake inside his net (21).
Leicester almost responded after a minute when Jamie Vardy crossed the ball into the area at Ashley Barnes, but the latter failed to score.
Liverpool continued its preference and succeeded in adding a second goal bearing the signature of Jota, who slipped behind the Leicester defenders and hit the ball with his head into the net after a single effort by Andy Robertson on the left side (41). And Jota became the first player in the history of Liverpool to score in his first four home matches in a row for the Red Team, according to OPTA’s global statistics.
Liverpool almost added the third goal when Mane was alone with Schmeichel, but the latter stopped for his attempted ambush without being caught, so French defender Wesley Fofana dispersed the ball with his head before crossing the line (53). Guetta played one of Leicester’s defenders and fired a powerful ball, which Schmeichel dispatched (57).
Brazilian Firmino got rid of one of Leicester’s defenders and hit a creeping ball that hit the right post and bounced back to Mane, who hit it off Schmeichel and then hit the crossbar again, before the Danish goalkeeper controlled it (78). But Schmeichel stood incapable of heading Firmino, who took advantage of a corner kick to add the third goal (86).
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