Liverpool took a significant step towards securing a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season by registering a comprehensive 3-0 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening. Curtis Jones’s brace helped Liverpool maintain their winning streak, while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s thunderbolt added to the visitors’ tally.
Despite being two points behind the fourth-placed Newcastle United, Liverpool’s recent form has put them under pressure, as they now sit one point below climbing into the top four with two games to go.
Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp praised his team’s winning streak, saying “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.”
Meanwhile, Leicester City’s hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a huge blow. The Foxes now find themselves two points behind safety, with only a couple of matches left to play. With their next clash against relegation-threatened Newcastle United, which could seal their fate if results don’t go their way.
Liverpool secured their win with a bright start that was enough to expose Leicester’s defensive weaknesses. Curtis Jones netted twice within three minutes in the first half, the first when he was left completely unmarked to tap-in from Mohamed Salah’s cross. He then scored again with an impressive finish to put Liverpool two goals ahead. Salah continued to torment the hosts, with his pass finding the onrushing Alexander-Arnold, who smashed the ball past the Leicester keeper from range, completing an excellent night for Liverpool.
With Liverpool’s recent resurgence in form, much of it due to Alexander-Arnold’s new role in midfield as a deep-lying playmaker, the team looks strong and ready to fight for Champions League qualification ahead of their final two fixtures. Leicester will have to dig deep and hope they can secure some results to avoid relegation from the Premier League as the season approaches its highly anticipated climax.