Jamie Vardy produced a moment of magic as his brace gave Leicester City a 2-0 win over Liverpool to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
The division’s top scorer made the difference with two second-half goals at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday – the first a stunning half-volley that is a surefire contender for goal of the season – to keep Claudio Ranieri’s men clear of title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal and avenge their Boxing Day defeat to the Reds.
Vardy now has 18 league goals this season as Leicester’s shock bid for the title continues, with a crunch clash against City at the Etihad Stadium – who are now their closest rivals – next up on Saturday.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had already kept the visitors in the game by making two excellent saves in the first half and Jurgen Klopp’s team have now only won one of their last five in the league – conceding 12 in the process – after a disappointing performance.
Leicester made no alterations to their team, while there were eight Liverpool changes from the side that played West Ham in the FA Cup, with captain Jordan Henderson fit to start.