Liverpool 2-0 Leicester: Diogo Jota at the double as Liverpool close gap on Man City

Portuguese scores in both halves as Reds move to within nine points of Man City

Diogo Jota scored a goal in each half to move Liverpool back to within nine points of leaders Manchester City as they completed a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Anfield.

James Maddison went close for the visitors on seven minutes when his rising shot was saved at the near post by Alisson.

Liverpool took the lead from a 34th-minute corner when Jota applied a close-range finish after Kasper Schmeichel had pushed Virgil van Dijk’s header into his path.

Curtis Jones was inches away from connecting with an Andrew Robertson cross and Thiago’s audacious overhead kick bounced just wide as Liverpool pressed for a second goal before half-time.

Roberto Firmino and Jota tested Schmeichel after the restart before substitute Mohamed Salah clipped the woodwork with a curling strike.

Schmeichel also repelled the follow-up from Luis Diaz, seeking a goal on his Premier League debut.

Leicester’s goalkeeper was finally beaten for a second time with three minutes remaining after Diaz and Joel Matip set up Jota to fire home.

Liverpool remain second on 51 points following a third straight win. Leicester drop to 12th with 26 points.

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