Manager Jurgen Klopp called Liverpool’s reaction to going a goal down against Leicester the “best I’ve ever seen” after Mohamed Salah’s double helped them come from behind to win at Anfield.
Jamie Vardy gave the visitors an early lead when he poked home from a Riyad Mahrez pass before Salah equalised in the second half.
The Egypt international then turned Harry Maguire on the edge of the area before firing in his second of the day – and 17th Premier League goal of the season – to give Liverpool the lead.
Klopp described the hosts’ performance as “perfect” and the Reds, who will finish the year in fourth place, extended their unbeaten run to 15 games.
Leicester stay in eighth but have now gone five games without a victory.
“On perfect days we win football games,” said Klopp.
“The crowd were unbelievable and we needed them today to score these two goals. It’s a good team performance and a well-deserved win.”
The only concern will surround the fitness of match-winner Salah, who Klopp said was “limping” when he was substituted with less than 10 minutes left to play.
“We have to check it,” added the German. “We tried to change it as quick as possible and of course that is not too good.”
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Klopp’s men show persistence
Liverpool have failed to capitalise on their chances too many times this season – having to settle for draws against both West Brom and Spartak Moscow after dominating for 90 minutes.
That was not the case on Saturday as the Reds battled through a tough defensive unit to come back from a goal down against the 2016 Premier League champions.
There were still plenty of missed opportunities – Salah squandered four efforts in the first half alone, before Liverpool’s top scorer made up for it with two clinical finishes after the break.
It still took 17 shots, six on target, for the hosts to get the result they needed but the recovery from falling behind so early is an encouraging sign for Klopp’s side as they head into the new year.
At the other end, it was a fairly solid performance from centre-back duo Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, who have both been criticised for their performances at times this season.
Overall, Klopp has much to be pleased about after his team produced a persistent display against the Foxes, who have so far been something of a bogey side for the German manager.
Before Saturday’s victory, the Reds had lost three times against Leicester under Klopp – more than they have to any other club since he took over in October 2015.