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Diogo Jota of Liverpool acknowledges the fans as he is filmed by a TV camera operator after victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota of Liverpool acknowledges the fans as he is filmed by a TV camera operator after victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota of Liverpool acknowledges the fans as he is filmed by a TV camera operator after victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested his side will do all they can to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 home win against Leicester.

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota went past 100 career club goals as his double in a 2-0 win over Leicester outshone Mohamed Salah’s homecoming.

Jota has now scored in 18 different Premier League games for the Reds, of which they have won 15 and drawn three, and he is proving an integral part of the club’s challenge on four fronts.

His first on Thursday took him into three figures, the second late on was his eighth against Leicester.

"The second goal is a brilliant goal. A counter-press. I love it," said a beaming Klopp.

"Jota with a little genius moment to put it into the right spot. The first goal is really when you are in a goal-scoring moment then you are there. He is in that. Really happy for him and for us.

"We had a sense it could happen. He is not a bargain or whatever and we did not get him for free! But we hoped. He is still a young lad. We create more chances than Wolves did in all respect. We really thought he would be an outstanding player. He was already but he has improved for sure."

The return of beaten Africa Cup of Nations finalist Salah came from the bench, but it received the loudest cheers of the night when he eventually arrived just before the hour.

By then the home side had been leading for 24 minutes courtesy of Jota’s close-range strike after Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could only parry Virgil Van Dijk’s header.

The Portugal international has more than played his part over the last couple of months, scoring 12 in last 16 appearances, and his Premier League tally of 12 this season is only four behind Salah.

But Salah, possibly fuelled by his final heartbreak in Cameroon, could have had a hat-trick within 20 minutes of coming on had he not been denied by two good Schmeichel saves and the angle of crossbar and post.

The man who took his place in the starting line-up for his full debut, Luis Diaz, the £37.5million signing from Porto, also produced an encouraging display.

"That is exactly how it looked in the training session," said Klopp of Diaz. "He watched us and we showed him a lot of situations. It looks natural. It is really quick I must say. Really, really good performance. He had some outstanding moments."

When asked whether his side could close the nine-point gap on Manchester City at the top of the table, he added: "I don't think they smell our breath already! But we just try to win football matches."

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