Injury-hit Liverpool made a major statement in the English Premier League title race with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over previous leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
Liverpool were without a host of first-team starters including Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk but managed to maintain their standards with a dazzling display.
Jonny Evans’ 21st minute own goal earned the Reds the lead, before Diogo Jota doubled their advantage before the break with a header after a swift move involving full-back Andy Robertson.
Brazil international Roberto Firmino sealed all three points with his 86th minute strike, ensuring Leicester City slipped from first to fourth with Tottenham and Chelsea also winning over the weekend.
“The boys did it from the first second,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.
“We controlled the game, we passed the right passes, moved in the right spaces, offered direction, used these offers so a lot of things were really, really good.
“We scored two goals after a set-piece but a lot of good football moments in a really, really good performance.”
It wasn’t a perfect night for Liverpool, though, with midfielder Naby Keita limping off injured early in the second half.
“He felt his hamstring and was not able to play on, otherwise he would have stayed on the pitch,” Klopp said about Keita.
Meanwhile, Liverpool may be boosted by Salah’s availability sooner than expected, after he returned a negative result in his latest COVID-19 test.
“He can now train with us tomorrow, that’s it,” Klopp said. “He will have two tests in the next two days, so, yes, he will be tested like all of us.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, Everton edged Fulham 3-2, although the Cottagers missed another penalty which would’ve drawn the game level.
West Ham moved up to eighth with a 1-0 win at struggling Sheffield United, while 10-man Arsenal and Leeds United played out a 0-0 draw despite the Whites coming close on numerous occasions.