Leicester City v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Follow all the build-up, action and reaction from the King Power Stadium as Liverpool take on Leicester City in the Premier League.
- Mane's fourth goal of the season puts Reds ahead
- Firmino heads home a second before the break
- Ghezzal gets one back for resurgent Foxes
If you've stopped biting your fingernails now, enjoy these post-match facts...
- The Reds have won their opening four league matches of the season for the first time since 1990-91
- No player has assisted Firmino more times in the Premier League than Milner - eight
- Milner is the fourth player to play 100 Premier League games for three different clubs
The final stats from the King Power Stadium...
Leicester 1-2 Liverpool
That's it! A fourth consecutive victory for the Reds, who were made to work extremely hard for the points in the second half having gone ahead through Mane and Firmino in the first. Job done.
Milner is booked. Free-kick to Leicester 40 yards from goal...
... they force a subsequent corner but the Reds mop up.
Five minutes added on at the King Power Stadium...
Matip comes on for Alexander-Arnold.
Nampalys Mendy booked for a cynical foul.
Half a chance for Liverpool as Robertson digs the ball out from the left wing across the area to Alexander-Arnold, who wallops an effort too high to trouble Schmeichel.
The Reds have to see out five more minutes to claim a fourth straight win...
The final Leicester change sees Amartey replace Maddison.
We're heading into the final quarter of an hour and Liverpool appear to have calmed that earlier Leicester storm, though they're still not quite clicking when they have the ball in attacking areas.
Leicester introduce Okazaki for Gray.
Double change for Liverpool - Salah and Henderson off, Shaqiri and Keita on.
Goal for Leicester - Ghezzal
They have been pushing and pushing, and the hosts have their goal.
Alisson tries to dribble away from Iheanacho after taking Van Dijk's backpass but is caught and the ball is squared for Ghezzal to convert.
Iheanacho replaces Albrighton for Leicester.
Back come the Reds and they should do better when Milner wins the ball back high up the pitch and has Firmino and Salah either side with Leicester outnumbered.
Salah receives it and ultimately tries to reverse the ball back to the vice-captain in the area but he can't reach the pass.
Another let-off for Liverpool as Leicester mount real pressure.
A short corner routine works the ball into the box for an unmarked Morgan but the Foxes captain miscues from close range and Alisson - thankfully - collects safely.
Van Dijk is shown a yellow for a foul on Maddison - free-kick for Leicester around 25 yards out...
... blocked by the wall.
Sensational defending from Gomez.
Maddison forces his way through a Van Dijk tackle and the recovering Robertson for a chance to blast at goal - but the No.12 gets back to block the shot with a lunge. Crucial and class.
Minor scare for Liverpool as Ghezzal clips a cross-shot along the front of goal from right to left but the ball eventually bobbles wide of the far post.
Maddison kicks off for Leicester and the second half is under way here...
James Milner's assist for Firmino's goal was the No.7's 80th in his Premier League career - only six players now have more than him in the competition's history.
Firmino opens his account for the season.
All the stats from the opening 45 minutes at the King Power Stadium...
Leicester 0-2 Liverpool
It hasn't all gone the Reds' way but they head back to their dressing room with a two-goal advantage, established through strikes from Mane and Firmino.
They say timing is everything...
The Reds double their lead just before the interval, with Firmino the man on target, precisely heading into the bottom right corner from Milner's inviting corner.
Gomez finds Salah with a direct low pass into the edge of the area and the Egyptian spins off his marker, opening up space for a curler towards the far left corner that Schmeichel palms away.
Bit of frustration setting in for the Reds currently, with their attempts to play out from the back not quite coming to fruition, while the home side gain in confidence.
Leicester are having the better of it at the moment and Maddison creates room for a long-range strike that whistles over Alisson's crossbar.
Unlucky for Firmino.
The forward plucks a high pass out of the air and over Maguire in an effort to sneak in behind but the England international recovers well to eventually stop his opponent.
But at the other end...
A sloppy passage of play results in Maguire sending a pass forward to Ghezzal, who in turn releases Gray through on goal on the angle in the right channel - but with Gomez applying pressure, his low drive is thwarted by Alisson.
Another chance for the Reds as Wijnaldum breaks into the box and tries to shoot on the turn but is blocked out and the Foxes clear their lines. Klopp's men are pushing strongly for a crucial second.
Sadio celebrates. Again.
Milner picks out Gomez with a corner in from the right hand side but the defender can't get over the ball and his header flies over.
You could sense a goal was coming and it's Liverpool who strike.
Leicester failed to stop Robertson's determined run along the left flank and when his pass inside to Mane bundled kindly off Maguire's attempted challenge, the No.10 clinically knocked a finish home.
Leicester have settled now and are trying to push the Reds back towards their own half, with lofted balls over the top a notable aspect of their attacking approach. It's an open game so far.
Big double chance for the Reds.
Henderson pokes a pass out to Salah, who fires a ball into the area for Firmino - the Brazilian has space to shoot at goal but his low effort is blocked by Schmeichel and Salah slots the rebound wide of the right post.
A reminder that you can examine how the game is unfolding tactically with the nifty Opta chalkboard below.
Here we go...
James Milner gets the game under way - come on, Liverpool!
We're almost ready to kick off here at the King Power Stadium.
There's a great noise inside the ground and the teams are out - this should be a cracker...
Did you know?
The skipper is back in the side and he could be a lucky omen.
Henderson scored in each of Liverpool's last two victories at Leicester - last season and in 2014-15.
Klopp explains team selection
The boss has revealed the thinking behind his decision to bring Jordan Henderson back into the side at the King Power Stadium.
"I thought it made sense for the game today. We have to [be], if you want, rock solid, in all departments because Leicester is a good football-playing side, so we need to defend very well, to be really compact and all different things so it helps when the boys are used to this.
"This midfield played pretty much the last third of the last season unchanged, so that's the reason. On the other hand, it's about being fresh and all that stuff."
What are the odds?
BetVictor are offering the following match prices...
Leicester - 7/1
Draw - 15/4
Liverpool - 9/20
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Here's how Opta expect the sides to set up...
The Reds have arrived
The team news is in and there's one change for the Reds – Jordan Henderson is in for Naby Keita, who drops down to the bench.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Matip.
And Andy Robbo...
...is on pre-match media duty.
The manager's say
If you missed Klopp's pre-match press conference yesterday, catch up with the boss' thoughts on the clash with Leicester, his squad strength and more in the video below.
Another day, another matchday blog, another weather update.
It's a bright and breezy day in Leicester with sunshine over the King Power Stadium. Thermometers are showing 17 degrees and it's perhaps perfect conditions for some Premier League football.
Puel's programme notes
There are warm words for Jürgen Klopp from the home manager in his preview to the game.
"He has done an excellent job with Liverpool and with their style of play, we will face a very difficult test if we are to earn a positive result," writes Puel.
"The chance to play a team who reached last season's Champions League final and will be challenging for the Premier League this season is a good motivator for us to show the league what we can do. I know that we have many players who can make a difference for us today, as they have shown in recent weeks."
Who's likely to play for Liverpool this afternoon, then?
Jürgen Klopp has, of course, started the same team in all three of the Reds' Premier League games so far this season - with that side claiming nine points to boot.
However, the boss didn't rule out making changes during his press conference on Friday.
"I want to see who shows me the most and who shows me that he’s so desperate to play. Of course there is a little advantage for the line-up last week which won the game, but that’s the only thing. I’m really open," he said.
One man who could return is Jordan Henderson, who has featured only as a substitute this term after his World Cup exertions with England.
"Of course it is difficult for him as captain [not starting], but Hendo is such an important player to us and he knows that. We had talks about that," Klopp added.
The manager also reported no fresh injury concerns, with only Dejan Lovren, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster unavailable.
Did you know?
The last Liverpool player to score a goal on his birthday was Daniel Sturridge back in 2013.
Can he repeat the trick today?
Compare the stats behind Liverpool and Leicester's three top-flight matches so far this term with the Opta widget below...
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