As it happened: Sensational Liverpool blow away Leicester to move 13 clear


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That's it for our Boxing Day coverage. City will try to issue some form of response when they take on Wolves in the final fixture of the round tomorrow.

Stay tuned for our report and reaction to that supreme Liverpool performance.

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Leicester, for their part, have been dealt chastening confirmation that they're top-four rather than title contenders. 

A significant gulf in class on show tonight. 

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Liverpool are now 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League. And they have a game in hand. Many will now begin calling them champions-elect. 
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Full time

That's it. Leicester's suffering is offer. A mesmerising performance from Liverpool. 
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90' The fourth official tells us we'll play another three minutes.
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89' Very much playing out time here now. 
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84' Vardy fires into the side-netting in a rare Leicester chance. Soyuncu was actually instrumental in that attack after a carefree charge forward.
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82' Henderson is able to walk off but his evening's done. Adam Lallana is his replacement.
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80' A concern for Liverpool here, though, with Henderson down clutching his knee in pain. 
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The question now, I'm afraid, is how many?
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Goal! Leicester 0-4 Liverpool

Sensational. Mane tees up Alexander-Arnold, and the man of the match drives it past Schmeichel. This is turning into a real rout. FOUR. 
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76' Choudhury is Rodgers' final introduction. Tellingly, the talismanic Maddison comes off. 
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Firmino to Milner, to Trent, to Firmino, and calmly into the top corner. Magnificent. 
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Goal! Leicester 0-3 Liverpool

Oh, this is something. The Trent-Firmino combination strikes again. Game surely over. 
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73' Leicester have made another change in all that, Perez replacing Praet.

Free-kick for Liverpool inside the Leicester half, and Evans is cautioned for a professional foul. 

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GOAL! Leicester 0-2 Liverpool

71' Milner assuredly strokes it past Schmeichel and celebrates with his team-mates in front of the ecstatic travelling support. Huge.
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70' A corner comes in and Soyuncu meets it with his hand.

To everyone's initial surprise, Michael Oliver gives a penalty. The replays suggest he got the decision right. James Milner's first touch will be a spot-kick. 

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69' Important block from Soyuncu, who refuses to be beaten by Salah at the end of a Liverpool counter. 

That'll be the winger's last action. An interesting call from Klopp as Origi replaces him, and Keita is simultaneously withdrawn for the reliable Milner.

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66' Van Dijk has to race across to put the ball out after it breaks kindly for Vardy. A touch more optimism in the King Power. 
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64' Leicester are just - just - beginning to put a bit more pressure on Liverpool. 

Ricardo gets to the byline but can't cross past the wall that is Van Dijk, then Praet powers it over from distance. 

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62' That's poor. Maddison overhits his cross and it sails behind. 
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61' At last a chance for Vardy to run, and as he bears down on the penalty area Gomez brings him down. Yellow card, free-kick in a good position. Chance.
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61' Leicester are furious at the award of a corner after Keita appears to get the last touch ahead of Soyuncu. 

Replays show it was the wrong call. This would be controversial.

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First substitution

57' Rodgers' team-talk hasn't done the trick, so he's turning to the bench. 

Marc Albrighton on, Harvey Barnes off. 

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57' Salah strikes the under-side of the crossbar on the half-volley with the goal gaping, the offside flag sparing his blushes. 
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55' Liverpool have Leicester hemmed in. Robertson swings it from the byline and Firmino is there first, but he can only prod it past the post. How long before they build a cushion?
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54' A rather frantic hack-away from Soyuncu after Alexander-Arnold causes more trouble with his crossing. 
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52' Salah looks to lift it into the net after an unconvicing clearance from an under-pressure Schmeichel, but it's too high.
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51' Grumblings of frustration from the home crowd as the blue shirts knock it around the back with little urgency.

Liverpool soon take back possession and win themselves a corner. 

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50' Liverpool a little fortunate there as Alisson slices a clearance but Leicester can't gather in the visitors' half.
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49' Leicester look to slip Maddison in behind in the second phase but he's ruled offside. 
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48' Leicester do take their first shot of the match, Gomez deflecting Tielemans' effort behind. 
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Leicester restart the match. 
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The two teams are back out for the second half. Will it be Leicester who fly out of the blocks this time? 
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Standout first-half stat

Each of Roberto Firmino's last eight goals for Liverpool in all competitions have come away from Anfield (including neutral venue.

(Source: Opta)

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Half time thoughts

Liverpool were fantastic there, but merciful. They've looked a class apart so far but they know Leicester can the hurt them if they waste more opportunities.

Brendan Rodgers needs to change something at the break. It just hasn't worked so far. I won't pretend to hold the answer to the conundrum against the world champions.

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Halftime and it's the league leaders in front courtesy of Firmino. 
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45+1' Into one added minute.
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41' Soyuncu sweeps across to halt Keita's charge towards to goal. Lovely one-two in there with Mane. 
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39' At the moment it's Liverpool pushing for a second. Leicester need to ignite the crowd again.
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35' It looks as if Mo Salah is about to wrap his foot around it and potentially make the net bulge, but the referee blows for an aerial foul from Van Dijk on Chilwell.
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Should be 2-0!

34' Sadio Mane barges through and finds himself up against Schmeichel but can only fire straight at the 'keeper. That could have been a decisive blow!

Corner for Liverpool shortly afterwards...

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The ball was worked to the right-back to deliver after Leicester cleared the initial corner. He floats into the back post and Firmino can nudge it into the corner. Big goal for the Reds, and a deserved advantage.
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GOAAAALLLL! Leicester 0-1 Liverpool

32' Liverpool have the lead! It's Roberto Firmino after another delightful Alexander-Arnold delivery!
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31' Liverpool win a corner after Robertson's tussle with Pereira. The centre-halves come forward...
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27' Sight of goal for Leicester but Robertson crucially slides across before Praet can pull the trigger from 18 yards.
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27' Jonny Evans with a vital clearing header as Salah waited to meet Alexander-Arnold's deep ball-in. 
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24' Salah, set free by Henderson, wants a penalty after being pulled down by Soyuncu, but he is rightly flagged offside.
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23' Halfway through the first half, and it remains goalless. Leicester have had one or two dangerous moments but they're yet to have a shot a goal. 

Liverpool the better team thus far.

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20' Leicester nearly break from the corner this time but Gomez is able to utilise his pace and stave off the threat of Barnes.
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19' Keita battles to win Liverpool a corner as the visitors continue to probe.
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16' Neither of Alexander-Arnold's deliveries in that sequence of play cause Leicester any problems.

They can breathe a slight sigh of relief after the error which led to the chance. 

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15' Corner for Liverpool after Leicester lose it again at the back and Henderson sees his shot deflected just wide.
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14' Liverpool are looking very, very dangerous though. Leicester can't expect any more charity.
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14' Salah took a similar chance against Salzburg in the Champions League earlier this month but he couldn't thread the eye of the needle that time.
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Another Liverpool chance goes begging!

11' Oh what a chance! Salah's clearance sparks a Liverpool counter and he receives an incisive pass from Keita to leave him 1v1 with Schmeichel. He takes a heavy touch to go around the 'keeper and can only hit the side-netting from the angle. Another big moment.
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10' Corner for the home side here after Robertson safely puts Vardy's low cross behind. 
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10' Leicester coming into the game but no question who had the better of the first 10 minutes. Might Liverpool rue not making the most of those openings?
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More Liverpool opportunities

5' Mane now looks to release Salah over the top but Schmeichel is out to gather.

Moments later, Leicester very clumsily give it away at the back but they're fortunate that the Egyptian shoots well over from 20 yards.

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Big Liverpool chance

2' Rapid start for the Reds and they should be ahead! Mohamed Salah swings in an excellent cross and Sadio Mane looks to apply the finishing touch but makes a mess of it!
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1' Early work to do for Kasper Schmeichel as he saves Alexander-Arnold's long-range drive.
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1' Liverpool get us underway on Michael Oliver's whistle. 
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The teams are out. Cracking atmosphere, as expected.
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A spectacular light show is underway at the King Power with just over 10 minutes to go until kick-off. 
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Confirmed Liverpool team news

Jurgen Klopp makes only one alteration from his Club World Cup final line-up, and it's enforced. Wijnaldum comes in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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Confirmed Leicester team news

Harvey Barnes is passed fit to start for Leicester. Dennis Praet replaces Ayoze Perez in the only change.

Starting XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Barnes, Praet, Tielemans, Maddison; Vardy.

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That's all for now but check back an hour or so before kick-off for full team news...
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Klopp on Leicester's 'European quality'

"We went there to Qatar to achieve something special, we did that, it felt brilliant. Went home, had a proper sleep and now we prepare for Leicester.

"Leicester have the European quality but don't play [in European competition] this season.

"[Ben] Chillwell for three or four years a fantastic player. [Jonny] Evans, experienced centre-back, [Kasper] Schmeichel, [Caglar] Soyuncu, top. Highest quality with all their desire. Super footballers. Wingers, quick, creative - and [Jamie] Vardy."

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Rodgers: What we need to do to beat Liverpool

"We had a really good game up at Anfield against them earlier on in the season.

"Of course, we [had] to defend well, but we should have come out of that game with a draw.

"I think it’s a combination of everything. You need to be at the very best level in your game.

"Obviously, we’re playing at home, so the intensity of the crowd can really help us as well and, when the opportunities come, you have to be able to take those opportunities, as well as defending well."

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Player to watch

Leicester attacker James Maddison will be relishing this massive game under the lights at the King Power.

Liverpool reportedly wanted to sign the Englishman after he starred for Norwich in the Championship. Can he continue his excellent season with another big-game contribution?

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Red absentees

Liverpool remain without Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, making Joe Gomez a shoe-in alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Fabinho is still sidelined in midfield, alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his ankle injury in the Club World Cup final. 

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Only one injury concern for Rodgers

The solitary doubt in the Leicester camp is wide player Harvey Barnes, who is nursing an ankle injury.

He played 45 minutes at Anfield in October.

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Last time out: Reds win at the death

Boxing Day sees the first reverse fixtures of the Premier League season. These teams last met at the beginning of October, and it was a very close contest.

James Maddison looked to have snatched a point for his team after cancelling out Sadio Mane's goal in the 80th minute, but James Milner was on hand to convert a  dramatic penalty deep into stoppage time.

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Huge test

With nearly half the season gone, Liverpool remain unbeaten with 16 wins out of 17.

But their invincible status could be under real threat tonight against the mightily impressive Foxes. 

The Reds are closing in on 12 months without a league defeat. Can Leicester stop them in their tracks?

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Liverpool's form

Liverpool have played a game fewer than their rivals after their successful trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup.

In their last league game, 12 days ago, they beat Watford 2-0. 

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Leicester's form

Leicester's title bid has stuttered in recent matches. Their club-record eight-game winning run ended with a draw at home to relegation-threatened Norwich and last weekend they were beaten by third-placed Manchester City after taking the lead.