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Liverpool belied their lengthy injury list to join Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table and set a new Anfield record.

The Reds were missing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Mohamed Salah and more, but they took the lead in the 21st minute when Jonny Evans headed into his own net.

Diogo Jota doubled the advantage 20 minutes later when he headed home an excellent Andy Robertson cross.

Roberto Firmino hit a post as the Reds looked to extend their advantage, but Leicester were disappointing and barely threatened Alisson in the home goal.

Firmino did then add a third when he headed home from a corner, as the Reds set a new record of 64 consecutive matches at Anfield without defeat.

Diogo Jota was on the mark for Liverpool again
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Here are the game's talking points.

1. Good Evans

Evans headed into his own net to open the scoring
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Even now it isn't quite clear just what Evans was trying to do for the own goal that gave Liverpool the lead, although he quite clearly felt that, whatever was going on in the box, Sadio Mane represented the biggest danger.

This Mane obsession culminated in him completely losing the flight the ball and then the next thing he knew it was in the net, giving Liverpool a helping hand at a time when they perhaps deserve a bit of luck given their injury list.

They merited the goal when it came though, as their strong start to the match got a fairly bizarre reward.

2. Diogo Jota, record breaker

Jota scored for the fourth Premier League game in a row at Anfield
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Diogo Jota has played five games at Anfield as a Liverpool player and he's put the ball in the back of the net five times.

Four of those goals came in the Premier League, a new club record, and if these descriptions of the Portuguese's feats seem a little on the nose then that is a reflection on him. He is making the smart, efficient decision every time.

In the past the fact that the Reds were without Salah here would have induced mass panic, but Jota just slotted in perfectly and showed just why he is the new signing of the Premier League season so far.

He has shook up Liverpool's attack and at the moment you can't leave him out of the team.

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3. Milner does what is expected of him

Milner (right) impressed for the makeshift Reds
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You could probably make a decent case for James Milner replacing each and every one of the players Liverpool have out injured at the moment, but in the end he was asked to do an Alexander-Arnold impression at right-back.

He wasn't quite the equal of his much younger teammate of course, but the 34-year-old delivered a typically steady display on the right side of defence before moving into midfield in the wake of the injury to Naby Keita.

The veteran is simply a terrific player to have in your squad, and his influence on this side on and off the pitch is one of the running stories of this successful period.

4. The defensive hierarchy is clear

Fabinho turned in another fine display
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The old Fabinho you knew is gone. The new one is a cenre-back.

At least that'll be the case for the rest of this season anyway, as the Brazilian returned to deliver a terrific display in the centre of defence alongside Joel Matip and underline that this will be Liverpool's first-choice pairing from now on and the one that could ensure they stand or fall.

Against the specific threat that is Jamie Vardy they were excellent, dealing with the ball both in the air and on the ground to ensure that the forward barely got a sniff.

Van Dijk and Gomez are yesterday's news.

5. A tribute to a true great

Liverpool laid a tribute to Clemence in front of the Kop end goal
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Liverpool are a club of records and history-makers, and so sometimes it can be easy to forget that the current side deserve their place amongst the greats of yesteryear.

But that doesn't mean that the former stars shouldn't be honoured.

The tributes paid to Ray Clemence both before and during the match in front of and on the Kop struck the right tone, as a man who played 665 times for the club – more than all but three men – was honoured.

And they kept a clean sheet for him too.

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