Leicester City’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday confirmed their status as Liverpool’s closest rivals midway through the season. Kelechi Iheanacho, who was in the starting XI and back among the goals has revealed the excitement among the players over their league standing.

Their 42-point haul after 20 games played is second only to Liverpool, one point ahead of last season’s winners Manchester City.

“It was good and it was tough, so we’re happy we got the three points and we’re second in the league now, so we’re happy,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.

“We did well actually. They were good and they were strong and they gave us a game and it was a good atmosphere. We love it and [we’ve got] three points so we go to the next one.

“We’ve been working really hard in training. I think the whole squad, everyone that is playing, and us that are not getting playing time, so everyone is really together as a family.

“It’s a good group, working together in training, so there wasn’t much difference with who played today and the players who are starting, so we are a really good group and a good family.

“We work hard in training and as you can see, we showed it in the [game], so we’re happy.”

About his goal, the former Manchester City forward said “It came like a surprise. The cross was good from JJ [James Justin] and Ayoze [Perez] kept it in and I was at the right place at the right time to head it in, so I’m happy,” he added.

“It’s always a good feeling to get a goal in the team. So, as a striker, you always want to get a goal and I’m not playing too much, so you have to keep your mentality up there, so you need to keep going.

“Whenever you get a chance, you take it, so I just need to keep my head up, keep working hard every day, so if I get my chance, I’ll take it. I’ll keep going as a professional, so I just have to keep going.”

After enduring a tough start this season where he found game time difficult to come by, the 23-year-old has improved over the past few weeks, getting his third Premier League goal in just four appearances.

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