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EPL: Jota stars Liverpool set club record with Leicester rout

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Liverpool: Liverpool set a club record of 64 top-flight home matches unbeaten by overwhelming Leicester in a 3-0 win in the English Premier League.

Diogo Jota had a record of his own, becoming the first player to score in his first four home top-division league appearances for Liverpool on Sunday with a glancing header to add to Jonny Evans’ own-goal in the first half.

Roberto Firmino made amends for hitting the post twice by scoring the third in the 87th minute from a corner as Jürgen Klopp’s side — undefeated in the league at Anfield since April 2017 — eclipsed the great team of the late 1970s and early 1980s, whose own run was coincidentally ended by a Leicester team in 1981.

Fabinho’s return after a three-match absence not only eased Liverpool’s injury worries but soothed any anxiety at the back as he slotted into central defense with a calm, assured performance usually associated with Virgil van Dijk, who is out long-term through injury.

With Liverpool’s absentee list also including Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Leicester — with its 100 per cent record away from home — and its former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would have fancied their chances of a first win at Anfield in over 20 years.

However, the hosts were well worth their 2-0 lead at halftime.

Liverpool moved level on points with Tottenham at the top of the table, behind only on goal difference.

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