Liverpool’s main squad is more than half lacking when entering the 9th round of the FA Cup. The defending champion still showed remarkable strength against the top team after 8 rounds of Leicester and won 3-0 quite easily.
Evans scored an own goal in the 21st minute to bring in the opening goal for Liverpool. Before entering the break between halves. Jota helped Liverpool get a second goal and hit one hand to win. Maintaining their dominance in the second half, Liverpool fixed the score 3-0 thanks to Firmino’s goal in the 86th minute.
Three points from the match at Anfield put Liverpool in 20, equal to top Tottenham. Liverpool ranked second due to a lower goal difference than Jose Mourinho’s team. Meanwhile the defeat against Liverpool caused Leicester to drop to 4th place, they still had only 18 points.
Despite the lack of players in the main squad due to injury and Covid-19 infection, Liverpool’s starting line-up against Leicester was not too patchy. The fact that Fabinho and Robertson can play makes the home team’s defense quite well with Milner taking the position of right-back.
Coach Klopp is back in the 4-3-3 formation, Jones, Wijnaldum, Keita take up midfield positions, while Jota, Firmino, Mane are the attacking trio. The defending champions soon showed that they were still playing well, through powerful attacks towards the away goal.
Schmeichel had to work very hard from the first minutes of the match, in the first 20 minutes, he made several saves for the visitors. In the 21st minute, Evans, who was attached to Mane in a corner, accidentally headed his own goal to help Liverpool open the score.