Liverpool 4-1 Leicester City: Matchday blog
Liverpool's first home game of 2016-17 marked an historic day for the club as the expanded Main Stand was officially opened for the visit of reigning champions Leicester City.
The Reds rose to the occasion too, claiming a 4-1 victory in front of a raucous crowd. Check out how it all unfolded with our matchday blog updates below.
The manager's verdict
Jürgen Klopp has delivered his reaction to the victory over Leicester, explaining that the performance is what he expects from his team in every game.
"It’s our job to prove that we are as strong as I think we are. Today we showed it in a few moments, of course. But I hope we can do better. I’m not interested in setting standards until we have reached the final standard. It was good and especially good enough for today. We really deserved the three points."
Click the picture to read more from the boss.
All the post-match stats you could possibly need below...
Liverpool 4-1 Leicester
A huge day for the club is marked by a suitably commanding performance by the team, who defeat the reigning Premier League champions in style thanks to a Firmino brace and goals from Mane and Lallana.
A standing ovation for Mane as he is replaced by Moreno.
Five minutes added on at Anfield.
Game well and truly over now.
With Leicester committing men forward, Henderson's precise pass forward sets up a race between Mane and Schmeichel. The Reds man gets there, draws two defenders and squares for Firmino to touch and finish.
Almost a second for Mane and fourth for Liverpool but Schmeichel again makes himself big to block the forward's strike for the inside of the near post.
Mignolet has been in amongst it this evening and the referee pauses the game so that the goalkeeper can be patched up, with some blood seeming to be running from his eyelid.
And we're into the final five minutes...
Great chance for the captain to put this one to bed as Firmino's pullback from the left bobbled to him on the edge of the box, but Henderson doesn't connect properly and blazes it over the bar.
Here come those Liverpool changes - Coutinho and Stewart replace Sturridge and Wijnaldum.
Hearts briefly in mouths there as Mahrez's deep corner kick from the left was volleyed back across goal with interest by Drinkwater - but thankfully wide after taking a slight deflection.
Coutinho and Stewart are preparing to enter the action...
Frustration for the hosts as Firmino slides a superb pass into the surging run of Wijnaldum - clean through in the middle - and the linesman rules the Dutchman offside. Sturridge was, but he wasn't.
Final change for the Foxes - Ulloa on for Albrighton.
A sigh of relief for Liverpool and huge credit to Mignolet.
Leicester manage to squeeze a ball through to Vardy in space and he cracks a low shot at goal from close range which the Belgian keeps out with his legs.
No stopping this...
That noise is back...
Wijnaldum breaks into the Leicester box but can't find room for a shot, so instead lays it back to Lallana for a thunderous drive which arrows into the top left corner. Superb from the No.20 and the Kop bursts into a chorus of his name.
More like it.
A lull in play as Mignolet receives treatment for a whack to the nose after a collision inside the box. He's fine to continue.
Substitute Musa is straight on the ball, and the front foot, clipping a shot at goal which Matip does well to rush out and block away at the cost of a corner.
Firmino kicks off the second half for the Reds, who are playing towards the Kop now. Come on!
A second switch for Leicester - Musa on for Okazaki.
A truly magnificent shot of our new Main Stand...
The latest odds
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Draw - 11/2
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Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
A thrilling half at Anfield comes to a close with the Reds one ahead. Goals from Firmino and Mane had the home crowd rocking but that frustrating gift to Vardy punctured the atmosphere a touch and reminded the hosts there is plenty still to do.
Henderson booked for a foul on Albrighton.
More cause for concern as Huth climbs highest from a long throw from the right and sends a looping header down onto the top of the crossbar. Matip had rushed back to the line anyway, but a let-off there
Goal for Leicester - Vardy
One for the Reds to forget as they allow Leicester to halve the deficit. Looking to play out from the back, Lucas hesitates on the left hand side and his pass across goal is misplaced, presenting Vardy with the simplest of tap-ins.
The Reds launch a break and have three runners bursting forward. Leicester regroup but Sturridge squares for Wijnaldum in the middle. His effort is no concern to Schmeichel this time, though.
Hernandez replaces Simpson for Leicester.
Absolute scenes at Anfield.
Henderson clips a brilliant pass behind the Leicester defence to release both Sturridge and Mane. The former is unselfish - and sublime - with a backheel to allow the latter to lift a finish over Schmeichel and in.
Booking for Amartey for a clumsy challenge on Wijnaldum.
Should be 2-0 but Schmeichel has pulled off a wonder save.
Mane uses Lallana with a wall pass to speed towards the byline and cross into the six-yard area for a waiting Sturridge. It's on a plate and he immediately diverts the ball, only for the Foxes stopper to get a shoulder in the way.
Wijnaldum has seen a lot of the ball in the opening half and the Dutch midfielder has just gone for goal himself, with a careful curler from around 20 yards. A comfortable one for the 'keeper, however.
Celebration shot: No words required
Tails are up for the home team and a well-crafted one-two between Sturridge and Wijnaldum allowed the No.15 space to shoot at the edge of the box. It's not quite what he was hoping for, though, and Schmeichel scoops it up.
Lift-off at Anfield!!
What a moment as the Reds take the lead, courtesy of a cool finish from Firmino. The Brazilian collected Milner's diagonal through ball, moved around the onrushing Huth and slid a perfect shot to the left of the 'keeper.
You probably don't need me to tell you the ground erupted.
Now Firmino aims for goal with a shot from outside the area, but his hit lacks power and is a straightforward take low down for Schmeichel.
Great approach work from Firmino, Lallana and Sturridge almost tees up the latter for a chance yards from goal, but Morgan is alert to their neat passing and slides in to stop the Liverpool striker.
First shot in anger comes from the Foxes as Milner's clearance falls to Okazaki, who launches an effort from around 25 yards high into the Kop.
If you're analytically inclined - or even if you're not - explore the stats of the game as it happens with our chalkboard below.
Here we go then!
Leicester get the game underway, with Liverpool set to attack towards the Anfield Road End in the first half.
Come on, Reds!
And now 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by a chorus of more than 50,000... we've missed it.
There has been plenty of talk ahead of this first game at the expanded Anfield about the potential increase in noise levels brought by 8,500 extra fans at the ground. And you really can feel it already, there is a special sense here for this one!
Legends welcomed home
A host of Liverpool FC legends are currently being welcomed onto the turf - Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Ian St John, Gary McAllister, Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia, Ian Callaghan and many more - to mark the first game in front of the new Main Stand.
Huge applause from the fans inside the stadium rightly accompanies their entrance.
Here's a look inside Liverpool's new dressing room at Anfield...
Dejan Lovren update
Dejan Lovren misses out today after a bang on the head in training yesterday. Crucially, though, the centre-back did not sustain concussion.
Here’s that Liverpool line-up in full…
Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge. Subs: Karius, Coutinho, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Origi, Stewart.
Team news is in for Liverpool and it confirms two changes from the side deployed at Tottenham a fortnight ago.
In come Lucas Leiva and Daniel Sturridge, with Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho dropping out.
Jürgen Klopp has also been speaking to BT Sport...
The Reds have arrived at Anfield - and Adam Lallana is on pre-match media duty, speaking to BT Sport ahead of kick-off.
Team news coming soon
20 minutes until the Liverpool starting line-up is confirmed, and we'll have the teamsheet directly from the Reds dressing room.
We know Emre Can is unavailable but who will the manager task with taking down Leicester? You don't have to wait much longer to find out.
Some things change, some things stay the same...
A new season and a new Main Stand at Anfield, but it's the same loyal Reds support as fans flock to the ground to check out the revamped facilities nice and early ahead of kick-off...
Last 10 against Leicester...
Fancy a quick refresher on Liverpool's recent record against Leicester?
Well, LFC Xtra has you covered with a rapid recap right here.
The stage is set...
Here's the current scene inside Anfield - and doesn't it look glorious?
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Here are the latest match odds, courtesy of our betting partner BETVICTOR.
Leicester City: 22/5
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Liverpool have recorded their first win of the day as the U18s defeated Stoke 3-1 at the Academy.
Glen McAuley struck twice and Rhian Brewster made certain of the victory against a Potters side who were reduced to 10 men in the first half.
Stirring stuff from Jordan Henderson in his matchday programme column today...
“I’m not one for making promises, as I think actions are more important. But when I look in our dressing room, at the entire squad, I know we have a set of lads who understand what it means to play for Liverpool and want to do the very best we can for you each and every week. It’s great to be home again and on behalf of all the players I hope this season – both at Anfield and away from home – we can do you proud.”
LFC U18s have enjoyed a brilliant first half at the Academy and lead their Stoke City counterparts 2-0.
Glen McAuley has bagged a brace, while the visitors have had Scott Wara sent off.
Liverpool Football Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former player, Don Campbell, this week, aged 83.
The Bootle-born defender signed professional terms with the Reds in 1950 and made his first-team debut in November 1953.
In total, Campbell made 48 appearances for the club, scoring two goals, before joining Crewe Alexandra in 1958.
He also represented Gillingham, Folkestone and Margate during his playing career.
The thoughts of Liverpool FC are with Don’s family and friends at this time.
Behind enemy lines
We've been having a chinwag with Foxes fan Paul Godley about what we can expect from Leicester at Anfield tonight.
"I think the game will depend on how well both teams can defend, and who can take their chances. That’s a typical on the fence, pundit-sounding answer there, but I believe both clubs’ results this season showcase the point well. None more so than a 2-0 defeat at Burnley."
Click here to read our 'View From' feature in full.
Stop what you're doing right now. Here it is. What you've been waiting for. Liverpoolfc.com's weather update!
Well, it's an overcast morning in the city with temperatures around 16 degrees, although we are expecting some sunshine later this morning and into the early afternoon.
The mercury isn't set to move much for the rest of the day, but it could have clouded over again by the time kick-off comes around. No rain is forecast today in Liverpool.
No need to thank us, we're happy to help.
Stats, stats, stats
Three quick-fire pre-match statistics coming at you...
- Liverpool have lost only once in the last eight league meetings - last season's defeat at the King Power Stadium - winning five and drawing twice.
- Home and away in the Premier League era, the Reds have won nine and lost six of their 20 games against the Foxes.
- Liverpool are three goals short of recording 100 in all competitions under Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool beat Leicester City on the Foxes last visit to Anfield - Christian Benteke's second-half goal gave the Reds a 1-0 victory on Boxing Day last year.
Browse all the match stats from that game below.
Emre the translator
Joel Matip impressed all who witnessed his Premier League debut for Liverpool against Tottenham a fortnight again, and we've been chatting with the giant centre-back at Melwood this week (seriously, he is ridiculously tall).
Anyway, our new No.32 has revealed how he's been leaning on Emre Can with any English to German translations he's needed to help him settle into his new life on Merseyside.
“If I have got some questions, I always know there’s one person who can speak the same language and can help. The other players speak English or French, no problem. They made a very warm welcome to me and help me where they can. It’s very nice to be in this team.”
Click here to read what Matip had to say in full.
Not your average day at work...
17-year-old apprentice joiner Thomas Sefton had an important job to do yesterday at Anfield.
Watch our video below...
Our coverage of Liverpool U18s v Stoke is just starting over on LFCTV and LFCTV GO now. Click here to watch.
If you're an LFCTV GO subscriber, you can watch our exclusive seven-and-a-half-minute interview with Jürgen Klopp on Leicester and the new-look Anfield by pressing play on the video below.
'We have to think about ourselves today'
As mentioned, Jürgen Klopp took some time out of his preparations for today's game to sit down with us at Melwood for an exclusive interview.
Given their status as the reigning Premier League champions, the boss knows Leicester will aiming to leave Anfield with three points tonight - be he insists the Reds need to focus on what they can do to hurt Claudio Ranieri's men and not the other way around.
"We had time over the international break to analyse them and they are still strong and it will be really competitive. They are still greedy [for success], they have a good attitude still so nothing happened with them becoming champions and becoming a little bit lazy - no, unfortunately not.
“But we don’t have to think about what Leicester can do, we have to think about what is possible for us and we have to use the time we have for good training, learning about our game."
Click here to read more from the manager.
Grab your match programme
The Main Stand isn't the only thing that's had an upgrade for 2016-17 and beyond - there's an exciting new look for the club's matchday programme too, and the first issue of the season is one to collect and keep.
To celebrate the official opening of the expanded Main Stand this commemorative edition of This Is Anfield has a special gatefold cover.
Inside there are fresh new looks for Jürgen Klopp's must-read manager's notes and Jordan Henderson's revealing captain's column, plus a bigger and better fans section, Anfield Extra. An exclusive interview with Georginio Wijnaldum is followed by a Q&A with Alex Manninger, intelligent analysis of the opposition and the latest from the LFC Academy and Ladies team. All this plus a fascinating new series chronicling Liverpool FC's illustrious history through the local headlines – not to be missed.
Mane on a mission
Our newly-crowned Standard Chartered Player of the Month for August, Sadio Mane, is in line to make his Anfield debut for Liverpool today - and it's fair to say he's looking forward to it...
“I’m excited, of course. I’m excited to play in front of our brilliant fans. Not only me, but every player is excited to play in front of our amazing fans and I think they’ll be great for us. It will be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to all our games. No game is easy, but I think the fans will be pleased because we will give our best to try and make them happy and try to win the game.”
Click here to read our exclusive interview with Mane in full.
Here’s how Liverpool’s U18s will line-up against Stoke this morning: Grabara, Parker, Lewis, Johnston, Masterson, Coyle, Camacho, Hunter, Millar, Brewster, McAuley. Subs: Gomes, Williams, Simmonds, Owens, Latte.
It's not just the first team who are in action today - Liverpool's U18s are taking on Stoke City at the Academy, with the game kicking off at 11am.
You can watch it live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, with build-up starting at 10.30am - click here for details.
Get your hands on our new LFC app...
We know the score: when you wake up in the morning, you reach for your phone and check WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, don't you? Maybe not in that order, but still you like to catch you on anything you've missed while you've been in the land of nod.
Well, you better make room for an extra addition to that list as we're delighted to have launched the LFC Official App - and what's more, it's absolutely free for you to get your hands on via iOS and Andriod.
'Furnish me with further details,' we hear you cry. Well, click here. Happy downloading.
Need to know
Are you fortunate enough to be going to Anfield today? Well, a few things have changed since last time incase you hadn't heard.
Here is all you need to know about getting to our magnificent home today - click here.
So, we've been busy this week grabbing a few exclusive interviews down at Melwood to preview today's game against the current champions, Leicester.
Look out for our chats with Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and, of course, Jürgen Klopp.
Hi, hello and welcome to our live matchday blog for tonight's clash with Leicester City at Anfield.
Did the international break treat you well? Do anything nice last weekend?
So, it's fair to say it's a big day in Liverpool's history today as our brand new Main Stand is opened for a matchday for the first time. There'll be more than 54,000 fans inside the stadium today and I'm sure just like us, you can't wait.
Stick with us throughout the course of this morning, this afternoon and then this evening for all the build-up, action and reaction.