LIVERPOOL 3 LEICESTER 1
DOMINIK Szoboszlai continued to impress his new employers, and adoring Kop public, with a superb winner that carried Liverpool through to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup last night.
The Hungarian midfielder was one of a number of unproven signings made by Jurgen Klopp in a summer of transfer upheaval at Anfield that saw his squad lose some key personnel while, seemingly, struggling to find their replacements.
But that uncertain transfer window is now well and truly forgotten following his team’s unbeaten start to the season; an eight-game run in all competitions which has seen Liverpool win all but an opening day draw at Chelsea.
Wednesday’s victory came soon after Szoboszlai had been thrown on to try and break a 1-1 deadlock, something he did to devastating effect on 70 minutes.
Fellow midfield summer recruit Wataru Endo found him with a short pass and Szoboszlai unleashed a superb finish from the edge of the “D,” which flew into the top left-hand corner of the Leicester goal.
To settle matters all together, Diogo Jota scored a brilliantly audacious 89th minute third goal, back heeling from seven yards after a pass from young defender Jarell Quansah.
But it required those spectacular late efforts to finally put the in-form Championship team in their place after Liverpool’s Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher had been forced to pick the ball out of his net with barely two minutes gone.
To make matters worse for Klopp, the opening goal came from a Liverpool free-kick deep in Leicester territory that was punched clear by keeper Jakub Stolarczyk.
Tsimikas lost the ball in a challenge from Marc Albrighton, freeing Yunus Akgun to sprint over halfway before playing a superbly-timed pass for Kasey McAteer toRead on irishexaminer.com