LIVERPOOL (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are not breathing down Manchester City’s necks yet, but the Reds remain in the hunt for the Premier League title after Diogo Jota’s double beat Leicester 2-0 at Anfield early yesterday.
Victory for Klopp’s men cut City’s advantage at the top of the table to nine points, but Liverpool still have a game in hand to come on the English champions.
“I don’t think they smell our breath already,” said Klopp. “But we just try to win football matches.”
With Mohamed Salah left on the bench from the start after his exertions at the Africa Cup of Nations and Sadio Mane still celebrating his success with Senegal, Jota took centre stage to continue his excellent season.
The Portuguese produced two predatory finishes as he smashed home a loose ball from close range to open the scoring in the first half before firing into the far corner three minutes from time to take his tally for the campaign to 17 goals.
“He’s obviously in a really good goalscoring moment, which is incredibly helpful in the absence of Sadio and Mo,” added Klopp. “We have no idea where his limit is.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers returned to Anfield under pressure to turn around the Foxes’ floundering season. Rodgers made a statement with his team selection with a number of first-team regulars left out, including Youri Tielemans, who had captained Leicester at the weekend.
“Tonight was not just about the result, it was about restoring pride,” said Rodgers.
“We took a top team right to the very end. I was much happier with that performance tonight and the spirit of the team.”