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Liverpool record Premier League first despite Alisson howler at Leicester

14:41 BST 01/09/2018
Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2018-19
Jurgen Klopp's side have opened the 2018-19 campaign with four successive victories, the first time they have achieved that feat since 1990-91

Liverpool survived a rare mistake from Alisson against Leicester to record a Premier League first with their fourth successive win at the start of the campaign.

The Reds were tipped by many to mount a serious challenge for the top-flight crown in 2018-19.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have not been at their best so far, but they remain faultless heading into the first international break.

Twelve points have been collected from four fixtures to date, allowing the Reds to occupy top spot.

They have only been breached on one occasion, with £65 million ($84m) summer signing Alisson gifting Leicester a goal at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazil international has vowed to continue taking risks, and it was his reluctance to clear his lines which allowed Rachid Ghezzal to score for the Foxes.

Fortunately for him, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had already found the target at the opposite end of the field.

Liverpool suffered a few scares from that point, but held on to record a 2-1 victory on the road.

Not since 1990-91 have they enjoyed such a productive opening, when Kenny Dalglish oversaw a surge out of the blocks.

Back then, they went on a run of eight successive victories to start the season.

Klopp will be eager to see his side do similar after winning four opening games for the first time in the Premier League era.

He will also want to emulate the efforts of the class of 1978-79 who went on to taste title glory after enjoying a similar early run.

Dalglish's side failed to capture the crown despite setting the early pace, while in 1969-70 the Reds ended up finishing fifth after starting with maximum points from four games.

Back in the present and Liverpool’s international stars are now set to head off on duty with their respective countries, as domestic football takes a backseat.

The Reds will return to action on September 15 away at Tottenham.

That fixture will open a testing run for Klopp’s side which will also see them face Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli in the Champions LeagueChelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League and the men from Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup third round.