Liverpool almost dropped their first points of the season at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side, but a late, late penalty saw them come away with a 2-1 victory at Anfield in the Premier League clash.
Jürgen Klopp was out to secure an eighth win from eight so far this season and spoil the party for former Reds boss on his first return to L4 since leaving the club. He watched his side dominate the game and win it courtesy of James Milner’s strike from 12 yards.
Sadio Mané had given his side the lead five minutes before half-time, only to see James Maddison pull the visitors level with ten to go in the game. Just as the game was looking beyond them, the Anfield club won a penalty after Mané was tripped by Marc Albrighton. Milner stepped up and made no mistake, securing another huge three points heading into the international break.
Liverpool started the game as they meant to go on — dominating the ball and keeping the visitors camped firmly within their own half in order to repel wave after wave of attacks from Klopp’s side.
Their rearguard action was broken just before the break, though, as James Milner — guilty of spurning a golden opportunity 10 minutes earlier — played an inch-perfect pass down the line to Mané, which took Jonny Evans out of the game.
The Senegalese forward was left one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel and made no mistake, slotting coolly into the bottom corner despite the close attentions of Çağlar Söyüncü. It was Mané’s 50th Premier League goal on his 100th appearance in the competition.
Mohamed Salah almost doubled the lead immediately after the break. The excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold flashed a ball in front of goal which met the toe end of the stretching Egyptian, but Schmeichel reacted superbly from point-blank range to deny him.
Liverpool still had the most of the ball, but Adrián would be called into action at the other end after Jamie Vardy was set through on goal. The Spanish stopper stood firm, stayed on his feet for as long as possibly and managed to block the ball well. Cool and composed goalkeeping.
Despite all the home side’s possession and control, Leicester would level with 10 minutes to go. Substitute Ayoze Pérez provided a spark of creativity that the Foxes had been lacking — he played the ball through to Maddison who fired home, with Adrián left wondering if he should have done better.
Two points dropped seemed certain to be the outcome, but referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot after Mané was bundled over by a clumsy challenge from Albrighton. The decision was upheld after a VAR review, and Milner slotted home to send Anfield into raptures.
To have a perfect record heading into the second international break of the season is so important, and the Reds will be full of confidence in two weeks as they travel to Old Trafford to take on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s troubled Manchester United.