Liverpool and Man Utd gulf highlighted with damning stat after Newcastle loss
The Reds entered the weekend top of the table but facing their toughest home test yet against Leicester.
Klopp switched up the positions of the front three to confuse the Foxes but it took time to get them gelling.
Brendan Rodgers, on his return to Anfield, set up Leicester to counter-attack and challenge Liverpool’s defence with crosses from wide.
Sadio Mane broke the deadlock before half-time but James Maddison equalised late in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s men look destined to have their winning streak ended.
The relentless red machine kept it going, however, as James Milner buried a controversial late penalty to make it 17 consecutive league wins for Liverpool.
Intriguingly, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed by United in March this year, Liverpool have won the same number of top-flight matches (17) as United have won points.
That stat became relevant after Saturday but stayed true following United’s damning 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
James Milner continued Liverpool’s winning run with a penalty against Leicester
The Red Devils’ blank at St James’ Park also brought another unwanted statistic their way.
Opta revealed after the match that since Solskjaer was appointed permanently United have won just 17 points in 16 league matches – the fourth-worst tally among the 17 ever-present teams in that time.
Speaking after the defeat which left United 15 points behind Liverpool, Solskjaer said: “Luckily for us it’s now the international break. We get time to evaluate what’s gone on over these eight games.
“We will sit down, hopefully we’ll get a few players back. It’s my responsibility. I need to sort their heads out. Young boys lacking confidence – they need some help from experienced players and staff.
“They’re human and they want to do well. They need to see the results of their hard work and we’re not getting those results so that’s going to affect them.
“The first half was the sloppiest we’ve been. In the second half we dominated but we didn’t create. We’ve not changed a lot. We’ve played the same way and stuck to our principles.
“The players are working hard. We’ve had six out from the Chelsea game and that’s going to affect results. But we’ll work hard and get the quality back.”