MX23RW : Thursday, March 21 12:48:23
Feb 27, 2017 at 8pm UK at ​King Power Stadium
Attendance: 32,034
LeicesterLeicester City
3-1
Liverpool
Vardy (28', 60'), Drinkwater (39')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Coutinho (68')

Result: Jamie Vardy brace breathes new life into Leicester City

Jamie Vardy scores twice to help Leicester City to a 3-1 win over Liverpool - their first victory of 2017 and enough to lift them out of the relegation zone.

Leicester City have defeated Liverpool 3-1 to end their barren run of form and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The Foxes began life without Claudio Ranieri in impressive style, scoring three goals in the opening hour and holding out with ease for their first victory of 2017.

It was another disappointing night for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side, meanwhile, who have now won just two of their last 12 outings in all competitions and missed out on the chance to climb up to third this evening.

Danny Drinkwater celebrates scoring Leicester City's second goal against Liverpool on February 27, 2017© SilverHub

Leicester were on top from the first whistle, testing Simon Mignolet for the first time with seven minutes on the clock when Robert Huth flicked on a Christian Fuchs long throw.

Crosses into the box were proving tough for the Reds to deal with, and it was from another uncleared direct throw that Jamie Vardy put his foot through the ball and came close to making the breakthrough.

The ball took a deflection off Shinji Okazaki - the only player to come into the side from last time out - and forced a big stop out of Mignolet down to his left.

Huth sent another header over the bar as a first half largely dominated by the hosts transpired, and the key opener eventually arrived prior to the half-hour mark after Marc Albrighton slotted through Vardy, who made no mistake in tucking past Mignolet in a move reminiscent of the Leicester side of 2015-16.

Jamie Vardy scores Leicester City's first goal against Liverpool on February 27, 2017© SilverHub

Mignolet, who had kept out Vardy from close range soon before that opener, was becoming increasingly busier as he was made to keep out a well-struck Wilfred Ndidi shot from 10 yards out.

Leicester, previously without a goal this calendar year, were in dreamland 39 minutes in when Danny Drinkwater bagged their second of the evening, superbly picking out the bottom corner from range on the half-volley after James Milner only half-cleared a cross into the box.

Danny Drinkwater scores Leicester City's second goal against Liverpool on February 27, 2017© SilverHub

Liverpool failed to offer any real response in the remainder of the first half, coming closest to finding a route back into the game when Emre Can's curler was pushed wide by Kasper Schmeichel on the brink of the interval.

The Reds, on the end of just one defeat in their last nine meetings between these sides prior to tonight, did manage to step things up in the second half as their opponents sat back.

Philippe Coutinho had one shot turned away by Schmeichel, but Liverpool's pressure amounted to little and it was the Foxes who bagged the third of the match on the hour.

Vardy managed to get in between makeshift centre-back Lucas Leiva and Can, directing Riyad Mahrez's left-sided cross into the bottom corner and putting his side on their way to a vital win.

Liverpool did manage to grab a foothold in the match soon after through Coutinho, who picked his spot following some good work from Roberto Firmino to give his side just a glimmer of hope with his first goal in 12 games.

Fuchs and Drinkwater both fell short with their latest attempts, while substitute Ben Woodburn was just about thwarted by Schmeichel up the other end, meaning a turbulent week for City ended on a high with three vital points.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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