Dhe English football champions Liverpool FC improved to second place in the Premier League thanks to a home win against Leicester City. Coach Jürgen Klopp’s team won 3-0 (2-0) against the Foxes on Sunday evening and drew level on points with leaders Tottenham Hotspur, who has a better goal difference. With the 64th home game in a row without defeat, Liverpool also set a new club record.
An own goal by Leicester’s Jonny Evans (21st minute), a goal by Diogo Jota (41st) and a goal by former Hoffenheim player Roberto Firmino (86th) gave the superior hosts their fourth win in their fourth home game on matchday nine of the season. In all four games at Anfield, the Portuguese met Jota, who had moved from Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Reds in the summer.
Even without striker Mohamed Salah, who was missing after a positive Corona test, the champions could have won even higher against the team of former Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers, but Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel prevented more goals with a few parades. In addition, Firmino only hit the post after an hour. In the 77th minute, the Brazilian hit the inside post, and when Sadio Mané shot it, the ball didn’t quite cross the goal line – a millimeter decision, as the video evidence showed.
But Liverpool did not leave the game behind without any worries. Former Naby Keita had to be replaced with an injury. The midfielder was holding his thigh. Another failure would hit Klopp hard because he has to do without a number of players. Among other things, Virgil van Dijk has been missing for a long time with a cruciate ligament tear. The defense colleagues Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are currently missing. Mohamed Salah has a positive corona test. In addition, captain Jordan Henderson injured himself with the national team.
National player Timo Werner, meanwhile, shone in the 2-0 (1-0) success of Chelsea FC at Newcastle United this time not as a goalscorer, but as an unselfish preparer. In the 65th minute, the former Leipzig and Stuttgart drew a 50-meter sprint and put goal scorer Tammy Abraham to the final score. When Chelsea won, Antonio Rüdiger made his season debut with the Blues in central defense and played through. “I am satisfied with how the situation has developed for me in the past few weeks,” said 27-year-old Rüdiger to SID. He sees himself again as “an integral part of the team”. Kai Havertz, on the other hand, was absent in Newcastle: The German national player was sick with Corona.
Team manager Jose Mourinho celebrated a 2-0 (1-0) victory with Tottenham Hotspur against his long-time rival Pep Guardiola (Manchester City). The Catalan’s congratulations for “The Special One” after the final whistle was more than cold. Heung Min Son (5th) and the seconds before substitute Giovani Lo Celso (65th) scored the Spurs goals. “The players gave everything and exactly followed the prescribed strategy,” said Mourinho, “they were incredible.”
Guardiola, who had announced his contract extension with the Citizens until mid-2023 just a few days beforehand, stated: “We had more chances than she did. But Mourinho’s teams just play like that, you make a mistake and they punish you for it. ”National player Ilkay Gündogan sat on the bench for 90 minutes at City. In the table, the Guardiola team is beaten in the middle of the table.
Arsenal FC also lag behind the claims. The Gunners, with Bernd Leno in goal, saved a 0-0 deficit against newly promoted Leeds United with defender Robin Koch. With 13 points, Arsenal have one point more than City, Leeds one less than the Guardiola team. Nicolas Pepe saw the red card after a headbutt (51.).