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Liverpool 3-0 Leicester: Player ratings as Diogo Jota stars in classy Reds win

Liverpool comfortably saw off Leicester 3-0 at Anfield despite the absence of several key men.

The Foxes have been in impressive form lately and had been tipped to run the Reds close.

Brendan Rodgers, returning to Merseyside, could've seen his side go back to the top with a win.

But the defending Premier League champions were in control from early on and took the lead when Jonny Evans headed into his own net from a corner.

Diogo Jota then doubled their advantage shortly before the break when he nodded home from Andy Robertson's cross.

The Reds continued to control the game in the second-half and Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 late in the game when he scored from a corner.

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Player Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Alisson 7

Did not ned anything spectacular but was always immaculately positioned 

Milner 6

No longer has the pace to get on the overlap and kept thing simple

Fabinho 7

Elegant proof that half the job of a centre-half is to read a game

Matip 7

Little a bit fortunate to escape with what looked like an early handball

Robertson 8

Another assist further proof he is the best left-back in the league

Keita 7

Had more than made his mark before injured early in second half

Wijnaldum 7

Was a picture of calm and authority in midfield and rarely took a mis-step

Jones 8

Squandered a good first half chance but imposed himself on the game

Jota 9

Has made a sensational start to life at Anfield and was always a danger

Firmino 7

Decorated proceedings with an array of very clever short passes before his goal

Mane 7

A persistent threat and will be wondering just how he did not add to his total

SUBS

Williams (Keita 54 mins) 6

Minamino (Mane 89 mins)

Origi (Jota 89 mins)

SUBS NOT USED: Adrian (gk), Tsimikas, Phillips, Clarkson

LEICESTER CITY (3-4-2-1)

Schmeichel 8

Shocked by his own team-mate but had pulled off a string of top saves

Fofana 6

Had his hands full and let Mane get in behind far too often

Evans 4

Inexplicable error heading into his own net and not comfortable all  night

Fuchs 5

Made a couple of crucial interventions but defending last his limit

Justin 7

Booked. Managed to make a few forward runs and harshly booked for foul on Milner

Tielemans 6

Did not find his range with his passing and not overly influential

Mendy 7

Booked. Found it tough going but did manage to nick possession now and again

Albrighton 6

Was mainly restricted to defensive work which he carried out well

Barnes 6

Kicking himself for missing a gilt-edged chance after Liverpool opener

Maddison 6

The odd pleasant flick and touch but could not assert himself greatly

Vardy 6

Mainly frustrating evening and never really tested a makeshift defence

SUBS

Praet (Barnes 63 mins) 6

Under (Fuchs 63 mins) 6

SUBS NOT USED: Ward (gk), Morgan, Iheanacho, Choudhury, Thomas

REFEREE: C Kavanagh

MAN OF THE MATCH: Diogo Jota

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