Their record stands at four wins from four and Liverpool remain, for now at least, at the top of the Premier League although this was a much more rigorous examination of Jurgen Klopp’s team’s title ambitions than those that have gone before it.

Most notable was a second half error from their new Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, the £67 million man, as if he needed reminding, who was caught messing around with the ball down on the goal-line on 62 minutes and paid for it dearly. His acquisition was meant to have eliminated one of those last weaknesses in last season’s Champions League finalists and although he was otherwise reliable that moment will stick in the mind of Klopp.

The mistake was pounced upon by the substitute Kelechi Iheanacho who got the ball back to Rachid Ghezzal, Leicester’s £6 million signing from Monaco this summer, who scored to set up a more tense end to the game. Liverpool had almost blown the home side away in the opening stages, and Sadio Mane had struck early on, but by the time Roberto Firmino got the second before half-time, Leicester were back in it.

A strange day for the home side who looked very good at times with James Maddison causing problems for Liverpool behind Demarai Gray, the lone striker in the absence of the suspended Jamie Vardy.

Claude Puel managed to get himself booed again for substituting the English midfielder, as he had done when he brought off Marc Albrighton earlier. This is a promising Leicester team but the faith in the manager among the fans continues to waver.

Credit: REUTERS
Credit: REUTERS

Having been overrun in the early stages, Leicester had got back into it – taking confidence from a mistake by Georginio Wijnaldum midway through the first half from which they worked an opening. Until then they had just about survived with a one-goal deficit, an inevitable consequence, it felt, of the waves of attack that had come before then.

Klopp’s team looked so sharp at the start and should have been in the lead before Andy Robertson’s ball inside from the left gave Mane the space to beat Harry Maguire and stroke a shot past Kasper Schmeichel. Mohamed Salah had unaccountably missed the target minutes earlier when Schmeichel had first saved from Firmino.

This was a different, younger Leicester team, and they took a while getting into their stride. They did not have many chances in the first half but they did at last see some of the ball in the later stages of the first half. All the more reason for them to regret the Jordan Henderson corner that Firmino headed in relatively unchallenged at the end of the first half.

Henderson had been preferred to Naby Keita who would later replace him, and there was no place for Fabinho on the bench. Leicester pushed hard at the end with Schmeichel up for a late corner but Liverpool held firm. Just the kind of win, in the end, that shows what a good chance they have this season.

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