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Liverpool clinch monumental victory against Leicester City with a 3-0 victory

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Liverpool despite all odds came out tops in what was a totally dominating game against Leicester City.

 

The Reds showed why they are the defending champions with a superb display of attacking football even at the expense of losing six first team players.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Oxlade Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and top score for the Reds this season Mo Salh were all out prior to this game, due to injury reservations.

 

But Jurgern Klopp’s side still proved what they were made of with a scoreline of 3-0 against former champions Leicester City.

 

An own goal coming from Jonny Evans at the 21st minute opened the scoring for the Reds, while later on the first half Diogo Jota doubled their lead with a sublime finish that went past Kasper Schmeicel.

 

The Foxes did try to lunge at the Reds, but the defensive manuvers brought forth by youngster Curtis Jones blocked every tactic they used.

 

Jamie Vardy was totally frustrated throughout the game, as Liverpool cut him off from all forms of creative touches, leaving the striker zoned out throughout the game.

 

The second 45 saw a penalty appeal for Liverpool when Namaplays Mendy fouled Jota in the box, that wad not given while the injury crises at Anfield increases as Naby Keita was taken off on account of a sprain.

 

Roberto Firmino also made his mark by giving Liverpool the last and winning goal at the 80th minute, converting a James Milner freekick and heading home with a goal for him, after his lack of goals this season.

 

This game makes it Liverpool’s 64th victory at Anfield- an unprecendented record for Klopp’s men, and also sees them go to second place, behind Tottenham Hotspur.

 

 

Liverpool and Leicester both have midweek games in European Competitions, and will return to the Premier League as Leicester take on Fulham while the defending champions battle against Brighton.

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Atleti claims win over Barca as Catalans continue poor start to their campaign

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Barcelona have picked up just 11 points from their first eight La Liga games this season – their worst tally since 1991-92.

 

Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Saturday with Yannick Carrasco scoring the winner in first-half injury time.

 

The result was the first time Diego Simeone has defeated Barcelona in La Liga with Atletico ending a 20-game winless run against the Catalans in the Spanish top-flight.

 

Simeone’s men have now also gone 24 games without defeat in La Liga and currently sit second in the competition on goal difference but with a game in hand.

 

Barcelona meanwhile remain stuck in 10th, nine points adrift of Atletico, and have won just one of their last five La Liga games. That poor run has seen Koeman’s side accrue a meagre 11 points with the club not tallying so few at this point of the competition in nearly three decades

 

Despite that worrying statistic, the last time Barcelona started so poorly in 1991-92, they did go on to be crowned champions as they finished one point ahead of Real Madrid.

 

Koeman will hope to see his men bounce back in the Champions League on Tuesday night against Dynamo Kiev with the Catalans winning all three of their group games in the competition to date.

 

Following that clash, Barca return to La Liga action at home against Osasuna and will need to start winning matches if they hope to turn their poor league form around before it’s too late.

 

“We knew this could happen to us, we have to keep improving,” Pedri said after the Atletico defeat. “La Liga is still long and I think we can compete.”

 

In the Catalans’ favour is the fact reigning champions and fierce rivals Real Madrid have also made a stuttering start in the league with Zinedine Zidane’s side held to a 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Saturday.

 

Los Blancos are currently fourth in La Liga, six points ahead of Barcelona, but have played one extra game to date.

 

Real Sociedad are the early pacesetters in Spain’s first division with the club losing just one of their first nine games in the competition.

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