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Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool: Jamie Vardy's wonder strike helps Foxes send out title warning

Published 02/02/2016

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool dives in vain as Jamie Vardy (not pictured) of Leicester City scores his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Simon Mignolet of Liverpool dives in vain as Jamie Vardy (not pictured) of Leicester City scores his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (R) shoots to score his second goal past Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 2, 2016. / AFP / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Simon Mignolet of Liverpool makes a save a shot by Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Jamie Vardy (C) of Leicester City scores his team's second goal past Simon Mignolet of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Emre Can of Liverpool and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Leicester City's English midfielder Danny Drinkwater (L) vies with Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 2, 2016. / AFP / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) battles for the ball with Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (right) and Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Jurgen Klopp (L), manager of Liverpool talks with Lucas Leiva (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Jamie Vardy's wonder strike helped Leicester send out a title warning as they breezed past Liverpool 2-0.

The striker's brilliant brace maintained the Foxes' three-point lead over Manchester City - ahead of their top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday.

In front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson the 29-year-old netted a stunning 25-yard effort before firing in from close range to continue his stellar campaign.

Vardy is in talks with City to extend his deal and reached 18 Barclays Premier League goals for the season to underline his importance to Claudio Ranieri and help prove outstanding Leicester's title credentials.

They were everything Liverpool were not, incisive, gritty, classy and determined as the Reds showed Jurgen Klopp how far they have to go.

Leicester were on top from the off and Riyad Mahrez curled wide inside two minutes and they came closer seven minutes later.

Vardy, who had already worried the messy Liverpool defence, scampered down the left and delivered the perfect cross for Shinji Okazaki, only for Simon Mignolet to turn his header onto the bar.

The hosts found it too easy to work space behind the visitors' backline as Vardy stretched Klopp's men.

Liverpool were angered when Robert Huth's stray elbow caught Adam Lallana in the face but it was symptomatic of the game, the Reds were rarely up for the fight.

Mignolet saved Mahrez's speculative volley after 15 minutes as Leicester threatened with every attack.

Slowly, Liverpool regained some composure as Jordan Henderson and James Milner tried to assert some authority but they needed Mignolet to ensure they went into the break level when he turned Mahrez's brilliant 30-yard effort over.

The Reds, in contrast to Leicester's feisty assaults, were powderpuff.

Roberto Firmino lacked the presence to worry Wes Morgan and Huth and Liverpool's aimless attacking efforts never troubled the hosts.

Alberto Moreno came closest when he woefully shot over five minutes before the break but the visitors had yet to find their radar.

Emre Can's deflected drive just after the restart showed improvement but Dejan Lovren continued to wilt against the pace and determination of Vardy.

And the England forward showed why he is so highly valued at the King Power Stadium on the hour. For all of the Foxes' neat play, it came from a route one ball from deep by Mahrez.

Vardy was instantly on the move, leaving Lovren trailing, and he allowed the ball to drop over his shoulder before unleashing a first-time half-volley from 25 yards which screamed over Mignolet.

Worse was to follow for Liverpool 12 minutes later when Vardy doubled the lead.

The visitors' defence were sloppy to allow Okazaki to shoot and Lovren saw the striker's deflected effort run through to Vardy who did the rest.

In between, Leicester wanted a penalty after Okazaki seemed to be felled by Moreno but they did not need the extra help.

In response to Vardy's opener Klopp threw on Christian Benteke but the striker increasingly looks like a £32.5million misfit.

But for Leicester, Vardy was worth his weight in goals as they kept their title bid on track.

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