Tuesday 21 November 2017

Leicester v Liverpool: Story of the match

Leicester were celebrating as Jamie Vardy, left, led them to victory over Liverpool
Leicester were celebrating as Jamie Vardy, left, led them to victory over Liverpool

Jamie Vardy's double inspired Leicester to victory over Liverpool as the champions sparked in to life following Claudio Ranieri's sacking.

The England forward ended the Foxes' Premier League goal drought and secured a 3-1 win - their first since New Year's Eve - to lift the hosts out of the relegation zone, four days after the departure of title-winning manager Ranieri.

Danny Drinkwater netted a brilliant second goal between Vardy's strikes, with Philippe Coutinho's effort midway through the second half scant consolation for the Reds.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Great win for Leicester. Waiting for the 'We did it for Claudio' quotes. I do hope they invite him to a home game to say goodbye properly" - former Leicester and England striker, and Foxes fan, Gary Lineker.

PLAYER RATINGS

LEICESTER

Kasper Schmeichel 6/10

Danny Simpson 6

Wes Morgan 6

Robert Huth 6

Christian Fuchs 6

Danny Drinkwater 7

Wilfred Ndidi 8

Marc Albrighton 6

Riyad Mahrez 5

Jamie Vardy 8

Shinji Okazaki 6

Substitutes

Daniel Amartey (on for Okazaki, 69) 6

Demarai Gray (on for Mahrez, 79) 6

Ben Chilwell (on for Albrighton, 90) 6

LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet 6

Nathaniel Clyne 5

Lucas Leiva 4

Joel Matip 5

James Milner 5

Emre Can 4

Georginio Wijnaldum 4

Adam Lallana 5

Sadio Mane 5

Roberto Firmino 4

Philippe Coutinho 5

Substitutes:

Divock Origi (on for Lallana, 66) 5

Alberto Moreno (on for Mane, 66) 5

Ben Woodburn (on for Lucas, 84) 6

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Leicester's caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare put his faith in the majority of players who won the title last season and they delivered for him.

Only Wilfred Ndidi, in for the departed N'Golo Kante, was not a mainstay in winning the league - an issue when the Foxes spent around £60million to improve their side and only two of the summer signings made the squad.

Shakespeare will have been delighted with the reaction but it also led to questions of why Leicester failed to perform under Claudio Ranieri this season.

Liverpool seemed to be caught cold by Leicester unleashing their frustration, anger or relief on them following Ranieri's exit last week to leave Jurgen Klopp with just two wins from 12 games.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Leicester had not scored in the Premier League this year until Jamie Vardy ended their drought with a goal straight out of last season's playbook.

The hosts had signalled some early intent with chances for Robert Huth and Shinji Okazaki but Vardy opened the scoring when he latched onto Marc Albrighton's early through-ball.

It was the kind of service the striker thrived on last season as Albrighton split the defence to allow Vardy to beat Simon Mignolet low to his left.

Vardy had not scored in the top flight since December 10 but the goal capped an impressive performance in front of watching England boss Gareth Southgate.

WHO'S NEXT?

Leicester v Hull, Premier League, Mar 4

Liverpool v Arsenal, Premier League, Mar 4

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