Diogo Jota scores twice as Liverpool beat Leicester 2-0

Leicester's James Justin fights for the ball with Liverpool's Luis Diaz

Diogo Jota’s double delivered a dominant 2-0 win over Leicester at Anfield, keeping Liverpool’s modest title aspirations alive.

Liverpool beat Leicester 2-0 to trim the gap between them and Manchester City to nine points; Diogo Jota scored twice for Jurgen Klopp’s side; Mohamed Salah came on as a substitute after his AFCON exploits.

Jota scored from close range after Kasper Schmeichel had parried Virgil van Dijk’s header (34), then scored from a Joel Matip pass (87), bringing Liverpool back within nine points of Manchester City with a game in hand.

The Reds were without Sadio Mane, who returned late from the Africa Cup of Nations, and Jurgen Klopp resisted the temptation to start Mohamed Salah, who was selected on the bench after Egypt’s defeat to Senegal in the final on Sunday.

Salah did come off the bench in the second half, receiving a standing ovation from the Anfield crowd before looping a shot against the woodwork and watching Schmeichel deny him twice more.

In their absence, though, Jota stepped up once more, bringing his season total to 17, while Luis Diaz, their January transfer from Porto, had an outstanding Premier League debut.

After exchanging passes with Ademola Lookman, Brendan Rodgers’ side defended resolutely for the first half-hour and had brilliant moments in attack, most notably when James Maddison’s angled shot was superbly stopped by Alisson.

Jota’s second goal came after Liverpool had squandered a series of chances, securing Liverpool’s sixth consecutive Premier League home win and leaving Leicester in 12th place, still reeling from their FA Cup 4-1 loss to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

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