It was the Curtis Jones show on Monday as Liverpool cruised past Leicester City at the King Power, to the delight of Leeds United fans as the relegation scrap continues – a player that Leeds once had a bid rejected for back in 2021.

Jones, 22, scored a superb brace for the Reds on Monday. With Liverpool needing a midfielder and missing out on Jude Bellingham, Jones is showcasing why he deserves to be considered as a starter for the Reds moving forward.

A lovely first-time finish from a Mo Salah cross opened the scoring, before his lightning turn and dipping shot beat Leicester goalkeeper Daniel Iversen for pace. Trent Alexander-Arnold got the third on an easy night for the Reds.

A win that sees Leicester remain on 30 points, one behind Leeds, with a trip to Newcastle next. The Foxes look as good as down, with defeat to Newcastle perhaps enough to confirm relegation. It keeps Leeds alive in the race.

And for that, Leeds have Jones to thank. A player that Goal reported in 2021, was the subject of a loan offer from Leeds during Marcelo Bielsa’s era. But a move that was rejected by Liverpool – as he continued his development.

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Leeds had Jones bid rejected, now he’s helped us in relegation battle

So, with each team boasting two games left, who stays up and who goes down? Forest sit on 34 in 16th place. They might only need a point to stay up, after their 2-2 draw at Chelsea. But next up is Arsenal, and then Palace away.

It is possible they fail to win another point. Everton have the easiest run in, going to Wolves before hosting Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth. Leeds travel to West Ham, who are in action in the Netherlands on Thursday in a semi-final.

Certainly, West Ham’s priority will now be Europe. Then, we welcome Tottenham – who are incredibly inconsistent right now. With Leicester seemingly all but down, it looks like a shootout between three clubs for two places.

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