Vardy hits back at Leicester critics

Jamie Vardy feels Leicester delivered the perfect response to criticism over the sacking of Claudio Ranieri with their 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier on Monday.

The England striker scored a brace as the Foxes recorded their first win of the season when they convincingly beat the Reds, and Vardy believes the performance against Jurgen Klopp's side will allay fears of relegation at the King Power Stadium.

"We've come under a lot of unfair stick with the stuff that's been in the press and online lately," Vardy told Sky Sports after the match.

"You've seen the lads wanted to put in a reaction and now it's up to us to consistently do that.

"I couldn't tell you [why Leicester have been so poor], I couldn't put my finger on it. We've been working hard and it's not been happening but, luckily, it's all clicked

"I wouldn't say [there was] more effort. Shakes [interim manager Craig Shakespeare] before the game told me to play a lot higher and there were weaknesses where we thought we could hurt them.

"I've been very frustrated with the amount of goals I've got this season but hopefully those two will push me on and there are lots more to follow.

"We just needed to show that we've got that fighting intensity. Win or lose, as long as we got the performance right we could hold our heads high at the end but I think we deserved the three points."

Danny Drinkwater, the Foxes' other goal scorer on the night, credited a return to the approach which led them to the Premier League title last season for their impressive showing against Liverpool.

"We kind of make our game on those basics – talking, moving, high pressure, high intensity. It's about going back to basics and making it happen," Drinkwater said.

"We pressed them high up the pitch, it caused them problems and helped us.

"It's something we need to build on. Three points against Liverpool is a massive win and we have to kick on from here."