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Leicester City put up a performance that would suffice a title winning side, as the crestfallen champions battered Liverpool with a 3-1 win at the King Power stadium on Monday night.
The victory bore great significance, as it came in the wake of the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri: the man who against all odds delivered the Premier League title last season.
Jamie Vardy broke the deadlock in the 28th minute with a low finish reminiscent of his exploits during their title winning campaign, before Danny Drinkwater doubled the advantage with a deft strike towards the end of the first half.
Vardy wrapped up the victory with a fine header putting the result beyond reach for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who could only manage a consolation goal through Philippe Coutinho.
Not so long ago Leicester were straying dangerously towards relegation, but the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri may be a blessing in its own right, providing a much needed reprieve for the beleaguered champions.
The lethargic and inept nature that has characterized majority of their campaign was transformed to a modest sense of adventure against Liverpool, as the Foxes placated their fans with an assault on Klopp’s charges.
Although it’s still early days for caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare, the result was nothing more than they deserved.
Not out of danger yet
Leicester started the day deeply embroiled in the bottom three, but the win propelled them to fifteenth on the log: two points above the cut off.
Nonetheless, the Foxes are not yet out of the woods, as a whopping six teams could fight for survival till the final day of the season.
What is left to play for?
With Leicester evidently dethroned to likely champions Chelsea, who are on the verge of clinching a remarkable second Premier League title in three years, the Foxes should switch their focus to overturning the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the return leg of the Champions League round of 16 to be played at the King Power Stadium.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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