Ranieri praises ‘fantastic’ Foxes

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted with another winning performance from his team as they beat Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Striker Jamie Vardy was at it again, with the Premier League’s top scorer bagging a brace in the 60th and 71st minutes to take his tally to 18 goals this season and keep the Foxes three points clear at the top of the standings.

“We have to think about what a great performance we did,” Ranieri said. “It was amazing because we beat a very good team, very well organised.

“[Reds manager Jurgen] Klopp has made a fantastic job so far and I am sure next season it will be much better. But I want to say we made a fantastic performance tonight.

“We pressed everywhere and we didn’t give the Liverpool players the time to think. They were very dangerous on the counter attack and had a great chance at the beginning of the second half.”

The Italian then went on to praise the quality of Vardy’s opener, as the 29-year-old latched onto a ball over top from Riyad Mahrez, striking a dipping half-volley from just outside the corner of the box that looped over stranded Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

“The pass from Mahrez was unbelievable and it was unbelievable what Vardy did,” Ranieri added. “He watched the ball arrive, watched the opponent and watched the goalkeeper.

“He saw him out of the goal and shot, it was amazing, unbelievable, fantastic. This opened the match up. We continued to press and were solid behind. It was a very good performance and I am very pleased with my players.”