Liverpool news Diogo Jota breaks Liverpool record as new side of Curtis Jones shown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Liverpool analysis and talking points after Diogo Jota shines in 3-0 defeat of Leicester City at Anfield in Premier League
Breaking News ! Jota justifies Liverpool approach Liverpool hadn’t scored a goal like it since Premier League records began. But there was an increasingly familiar finishing touch to a remarkable Reds move. When Diogo Jota ghosted in unmarked inside the area to head home Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross from the left, it was the culmination of a 30-pass move that had left Leicester City dazed and confused. Not since such numbers were regularly tallied in 2006/07 has a top-flight Liverpool strike involved a build-up of so many passes. Jota had started on the right flank – ostensibly replacing Mohamed Salah – but demonstrated his sense for an opportunity to arrive in a central area to net his eighth goal in 12 appearances. He has now scored from having started in all three attacking positions, justification of the Reds swooping for his signature partly on the strength of his versatility. Nobody could have anticipated such an instant dividend, however. Almost as encouraging was the way he linked with Roberto Firmino who, in the process, produced his most lively performance of the season. Never lacking vision of pass, the Brazilian was this time able to regularly execute. And having twice been denied by millimetres, he fully deserved the well-taken header that sealed this triumph. Read More Related Articles Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri injuries explained by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Next generation continues to emerge There was a snapshot midway through the first half here that highlighted why so many at Liverpool have long been convinced Curtis Jones is destined for the summit. It wasn’t a barnstorming goal, such as the winner in the FA Cup triumph over Everton in January that instantly became his calling card. Nor was it a dangerous piece of attacking play, although Jones had served notice early on with a fierce shot repelled by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Instead, the 19-year-old demonstrated his growing maturity and discipline when chasing down and then dispossessing Jamie Vardy as the visitors threatened a trademark counter-attack. Such dirty work separates the wheat from the chaff, Jones unruffled up against a Leicester engine room boasting silk, steel and savvy in James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Nampalys Mendy. Not that Jones wasn’t able to produce his own moments of magic, not least the crossfield pass that found Robertson to create Liverpool’s second.
. Gini Wijnaldum, meanwhile, was dutiful in a defensive midfield role on his 200th Reds appearance, but fortune continues to elude Naby Keita who, after shining in the first half, pulled up with yet another injury concern shortly after the break. He deserves better.
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Defence does Clem proud Anfield offered a minute’s applause to one of its favourite sons before kick-off. And Ray Clemence would have been nodding in approval at the defensive performance that then followed. The sad recent passing of the goalkeeping great was recognised by a banner on the Kop and Alisson Becker wearing one of Clemence’s old shirts during the warm-up. And, in truth, the keeper probably had more to do during that period than the 90 minutes that followed, such was the impressive performance of a makeshift Liverpool backline. Fabinho’s return to fitness offered some respite from an ongoing injury crisis, the Brazilian steady alongside Joel Matip who, having survived a hopeful penalty call early on, delivered an aggressive and assertive display. Leicester City dangerman Jamie Vardy barely had a kick. *Who was your MOTM? Have your say in our quick poll here. James Milner, filling in at right-back, extracted every ounce of his experience before later moving into midfield, with Neco Williams slotting in energetically in the position for the final half-hour. Andy Robertson, too, impressed, his engine and creativity all the more encouraging given his effort with Scotland during the international break. Few could have expected only a second Premier League clean sheet of the season. But nobody would have been surprised come full-time.
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