Pre-Match Social Media Commentary
Liverpool made it seven wins in a row under Jürgen Klopp as the Reds remain on overdrive at the bookend of the 2022-23 Premier League season after a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium against relegation-threatened Leicester City.
It was not all that long ago that many were concerned that the club had hit the wall under their immensely popular German tactician as Liverpool looked a shadow of itself across much of the current season, but with stars returning from injury amid an uptick in form, the Reds appear to be back at their very best as they now climbed within a point of both Newcastle United and Manchester United.
The Foxes seemed to be in the mood on the night given what is at stake regarding their Premier League future, with Dean Smith’s outfit looking the better of the two sides in the opening ten minutes. Leicester nearly crafted out a fantastic chance in the 12th minute after James Maddison unleashed Harvey Barned with a delightful diagonal through ball but the winger could only see his cross-come-shot smothered by Alisson.
The Reds would inevitably settle down despite Leicester’s impressive press, with Curtis Jones once again coming up with a goal in the 35th minute when the Reds struck on the counter after Mohamed Salah played a lofted ball from just outside of the box to the back post for Jones to slide past Daniel Iversen to give Jürgen Klopp’s men the lead.
Jones then struck again just one minute later to complete his brace when Liverpool regained possession in the midfield third only to quickly transition before Salah turned provider once again with a first-time ball to feet for Jones to dispatch into the back of the net brilliantly.
Moving into the second half, all the steam seemed to come out of Leicester’s early push in the first 45-min, and it would ultimately be in the 70th minute that Liverpool bagged a third on the night from Trent Alexander-Arnold from a set piece.
Mo Salah bagged his third assist on the night when the Egyptian star back-heeled the dead ball for the England right-back to curl into the top far corner to consign the Foxes to another defeat, still leaving them two points back from a great escape act.
The disgruntled temperament of the home support was as clear as ever at the full-time whistle after Smith’s outfit once again capitulated in the wake of going 1-0 down for the 22nd time this season across league play, and though they mathematically have every chance of rescuing themselves from their perilous position, the odds are clearly not in their favor when they meet Newcastle on Monday.
As for the Reds, the form book and all the data point to Liverpool climbing into the top four come the end of the season, and though they have ultimately missed out on a summer signing involving Jude Bellingham, the club are clearly not as far off of where they can - and should - be that many first feared.