Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a spectacular goal to cap off another excellent performance in his new hybrid role as a right-back and midfielder as the Reds drew to within one point of the top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s men still need a late-season collapse from Newcastle or Manchester United, but the Reds’ seven-game winning streak has put pressure on their opponents, who both have three games left to Liverpool’s two.
“It’s all we can do. It would be a real shame if they slip and we’re not there. So we have to do our job. I think we have qualified for European football which six weeks ago wasn’t in sight,” Klopp said.
Leicester’s Premier League days appear to be numbered seven years after startling the world by winning the title, as they are two points from safety with two games remaining.
They have another difficult assignment next Monday when they go to Newcastle in a game that might decide their fate if Everton or Leeds win over the weekend.
“It’s pretty simple, we need to win our next game. It will be tough at St James’ Park. It would be nice to take the lead for once,” said Leicester interim boss Dean Smith.
The Foxes’ defensive flaws were once again revealed as the hosts’ promising start was quickly forgotten when Jones scored twice in three minutes shortly after the half-hour mark.
Luis Diaz was allowed to rush onto Alisson Becker’s long ball forward before it broke for Mohamed Salah to cross for the unmarked Jones to tap in at the far post.
Salah was the supplier once more seconds later, as Jones produced a superb touch to handle and finish past the hapless Daniel Iversen.
“I thought the second goal looked like we had frazzled minds from the kick-off. We have to have clearer minds and think clear under pressure,” Smith said.
When Cody Gakpo had a wonderful chance to make it 3-0, he blasted straight at Iversen, prompting boos from the home crowd. Leicester have not struggled to score goals this season, but they have been dull in attack as Smith’s men have lost confidence.
After a rough season, Liverpool improved form has corresponded with Alexander-Arnold’s new role as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield while in control.
After Salah tapped a free-kick into his path, the England international showed his brilliance on the ball with a superb shot into the top corner 19 minutes from time. The Egyptian should have scored to go along with his hat-trick of assists.