Jota puts two past Leicester to close gap on Man City

Jota puts two past Leicester to close gap on Man City

Liverpool put in a decisive performance against mid-table Leicester, cementing their position in the top four and closing in on league leaders Man City.

Liverpool striker Diogo Jota scored in each half, in what proved to be a comfortable victory for the home side.

Jota capitalised on a Kasper Schmeichel parry to put the Reds in the lead in the 34th minute, before confidently slotting home a short-range effort in the closing minutes of the game.

This marks the player’s 17th goal in all competitions this season, having signed from Wolves for £45m at the beginning of the last campaign.

Salah also had a couple of good chances after coming off the bench midway through the second half, including a beautiful curling effort stopped only by the crossbar.

Liverpool’s current top scorer looked to be in good form following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations, having helped Egypt to the final of the competition, where they were eventually defeated by Senegal in a penalty shootout.

Despite the loss, Schmeichel – Leicester’s goalkeeper – put in an excellent performance, keeping his team’s chances alive for the majority of the game.

For the most part, however, the Foxes looked underwhelming against an in-form Liverpool side, only managing to get a single shot on target compared to their opponent’s 11.

Liverpool dominated Leicester for the duration of the game, ending the match with 65% possession.

This win sees Klopp’s side cut their points difference with Manchester City to nine, with a game in hand.

Liverpool have now only lost once in their last 19 games, to Leicester on 28th December.

The Reds are still in contention for four trophies this season: the Carabao Cup, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Premier League.

Leicester’s season is not going anywhere near as well, having just been knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest, in a performance that Brendan Rodgers described as “awful”.

The Foxes will be hoping for improved results in the Europa Conference League if they’re to stand any chance of winning any silverware this season.

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