Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho was benched as Leicester City was defeated by injury plagued Liverpool 3-0 in Premier League at Anfield.
The Reds emerged victorious despite missing key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, skipper Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara due to injuries.
Liverpool’s win means that the Reds have set a new club record with 64 unbeaten games at Anfield (53 wins, 11 draws), their last defeat coming back in April 2017 when they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace.
Klopp’s side took the lead midway through the first half when Jonny Evans nodded a corner into his own net and the advantage was doubled four minutes before half-time when a move of 30 passes ended with Diogo Jota heading in Andrew Robertson’s superb cross.
Liverpool added Mohamed Salah to their long list of absentees after he tested positive for Covid-19 in Egypt but the prolific Jota, signed from Wolves for £45m in September, once again stepped in – becoming the first player in the club’s history to score in his first four competitive home appearances.
Leicester improved marginally in the second half but it was still Liverpool who dominated, Evans heading against his own post and both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane being denied by the woodwork and keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Firmino was finally on target as he rose to send a fine header out of Schmeichel’s reach four minutes from time to give Liverpool the victory margin their superiority deserved.
Liverpool remain behind Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference and chances of topping the Premier League table have gone very high.