Liverpool have not seen much return on their huge summer investment in Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, but the two combined to down table-topping Leicester City this afternoon.
Benteke’s 63rd-minute goal decided the Boxing Day game at Anfield. Firmino crossed for the Belgian to smartly steer the ball past Kasper Schmeichel on the stretch and into the bottom corner.
The £32.5m signing from Aston Villa – fee reported by BBC Sport – started the game on the bench but was called on following an injury to compatriot Divock Origi, and made a significant impact.
It was his fifth goal in 15 Premier League games for the Reds, and his first assisted by Firmino, who cost Liverpool a further £29m when he arrived from Hoffenheim – fee reported by BBC Sport.
Leicester will rightly be proud that it took £61.5m worth of attacking talent to end their 10-match unbeaten run in the league. The Foxes remain top of the table but could be usurped by Arsenal tonight.
Liverpool climb to eighth, five points adrift of the top four, after ending a four-game winless sequence in all competitions. Their summer signings must keep producing if they are to bridge that gap.
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