Jamie Vardy proved to be Leicester City’s hero once more as the striker’s brace fired the Foxes to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
- Leicester City 2 Liverpool 0
- Vardy brace keeps Foxes top
- Striker fires goal of season contender
- Adds second with clever finish
- Liverpool drop to eighth
Having broken the Premier League record for consecutive goals Vardy, and Leicester’s, astonishing season continued, meaning Claudio Ranieri’s men remain three points clear at the top of the table.
The former non-league forward struck one of the goals of the season on the hour mark, an unstoppable half volley from 25 yards out, before showing his poaching instincts to secure all three points.
Leicester were on the front foot from the off, and Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez almost gave the hosts the lead after only two minutes, driving at the Liverpool defence, before cutting inside to see his shot fly just past Simon Mignolet’s post.
Six minutes later and Shinji Okazaki should have put the Foxes ahead, but headed straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet after good work from Vardy.
Following the early Leicester flurry, Liverpool started to dominate possession, with James Milner heavily involved in midfield.
Typically, given the style of play of both sides, the match was played at a frantic pace, and the end-to-end action led to a number of dangerous set pieces.
Centre-back Robert Huth headed over for Leicester, while Adam Lalllana showed good skill to beat Danny Simpson, only for Reds captain Jordan Henderson to head wide.
The much maligned Mignolet produced the moment of the first half, pulling out a brilliant fingertip save to deny Mahrez’s first-time strike.
However, the interval did little to calm events down, with Emre Can going close only two minutes into the second half.
But for all Liverpool’s promising build up play, the visitors failed to make their openings count, paving the way for Vardy’s match-winning brilliance.
The England international had gone seven games without scoring before netting in the victory against Stoke last week, but he has clearly not lost his confidence, as his outrageous effort left Liverpool in disbelief.
And Vardy put the game to bed in the 72nd minute, instinctively pouncing to finish Okazaki’s deflected shot.