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Summary

  1. Leicester win convincingly in first game since Ranieri sacking
  2. Vardy scores twice - including Foxes' first goal of 2017
  3. Liverpool miss chance to go third in table

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Let's see what happens indeed.

Leicester were back to something approaching their best as they climbed out of the relegation zone.

Thanks as ever for your company tonight and we'll be back on Tuesday for a full night of ELF action before Manchester City face Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Wednesday night. 

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'Let's see what happens'

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Leicester City

More from Craig Shakespeare: "Jamie Vardy was outstanding tonight. 

"All I asked of the team was to remember what they were about and remember their identity. 

"My remit was get them ready for Liverpool and I have done that. Let's see what happens. I think it might be too early but the club will come to me if there are any changes." 

What next for Liverpool?

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Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. A massive game...

'A little more fire in the belly'

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Leicester City

Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare: "You could tell from the word go there was intensity and passion. 

"All credit to the fans tonight. I think there was a worry in some quarters about how they would react but they were outstanding. 

"The professionalism of the players has never been questioned by me. Having taken training with them, I know the criticism has hurt and perhaps there was a little more fire in the belly because of that. 

"They know they are guilty of under performing but this is only one result and we must build on that."

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'It's a start'

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Leicester City

Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare : "I could see in their eyes that they were up to the fight in the warm up. 

"They have had to take criticism but we set the tone, they were excellent in the first 10-15 minutes. 

"I wasn't sure what we were going to get. I told Jamie Vardy to be a nuisance and a threat.

"It is one game but it is a start."

Craig Shakespeare says 'it's too early to say' whether he would be interested in taking the job full time.

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Tom Chance: Odds on Craig Shakespeare to do a Di Matteo and win Leicester the Champions League? 

You can get Leicester at 100/1...

'Thank God we don't have to play again tomorrow'

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Liverpool

Even more from Jurgen Klopp: "I'm not worried - I probably should be but we have a week to prepare for next game. We are all playing for our future here. 

"I don't want to be too serious but that's how it is. We can be better and not doing it feels really disappointing. 

"Thank God we don't have to play again tomorrow. 

"Now we have to react AGAIN."

'I'm not ready to look for excuses'

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Liverpool

More from Klopp: " If you play well and lose matches then that's just football.  

"But it looks like we never spoke about the strength of Leicester and that's the trouble. 

"I have already spoken in the dressing room to the players, that performance was not enough for sure. We have to try with everything we have to do better. 

"If you are not good enough you lose football games. I have no reason for this at the moment. You can always find excuses but I'm not ready to look for one. 

"We had opportunities to do more throughout the game - we changed system at half-time but the crosses into the box were not good enough. We could have scored a second goal and that may have changed the game."

'Criticism got us fired up'

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Jamie Vardy, speaking to BBC Sport: "Before the game we spoke with Shakes [Craig Shakespeare] and he asked us what we thought were the best actions to take. We thought it was to press higher and win the ball higher up. We did that and hurt them.

"The fans got behind us. For us to put in a performance like that means it was a great night.

"It's not for the want of trying [that results have been poor]. We've been trying but it's not been clicking. Luckily tonight it all clicked together.

"Hopefully there will be a lot more goals to come. 

"There has been a lot of unfair stuff written and you've seen a reaction from everyone. It's definitely got us fired up in a good way to put a reaction on the pitch.

"The mood is a bit of joy and relief. We deserved it and now we have to make sure we keep the continuity going and it will drag us away from the position we're in."

'We let them be Leicester of last year'

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Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "A bad start, bad in the middle and bad at the end.

"We had a few better than average moments but most of the game was not even average. It was clear what would happen tonight, it was an emotional night but we have to show what we are fighting for.

"We knew how Leicester would play, go back to their roots. We could have done much better. We let them be Leicester of last year - that's our fault.

"We should get criticised. This inconsistency makes absolutely no sense."

'It's hard to find the right words'

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Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: " The language issues become a bit harder when you lose. It's hard to find the right words. 

"It's not that Leicester were over aggressive tonight, I think we were not physical enough. 

"They were well prepared, they were ready. They had their set pieces well thought out and we were giving throw ins away and what's frustrating is it's not like we didn't talk about that. 

"The first goal is difficult to accept and it obviously helped them a lot with momentum. 

"It would be hard to explain my disappointment in German but in English its worse."

Copycat performance

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Wilfred Ndidi made 11 tackles tonight – only N’Golo Kante has made more in a single Premier League match this season (14 vs Liverpool in January).

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Simon Charbonnet : Lucas Leiva... I shudder every time I see his name on the team sheet. If we can't sell him, could we offer him to a lost cause?

Aleksandar Todorov: Starting to play well as soon as your title winning manager is sacked. I've seen this trend before but where.....?

'Back to basics'

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Leicester City

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater: "It was a much-needed performance.

"We went back to basics, doing the simple things you learn as a young player and we all showed what we are capable of.

"Criticism is to be expected but we have to put in more performances like that. It's hard to put a finger on why we haven't been playing like that. We have a massive end of the season to come."

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Jurgen Klopp does say that he 'is not worried' by his side's form. 

Jurgen Klopp is in a very downbeat mood during his post-match interview, saying his side 'didn't do anywhere near enough'.

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'We needed to show we've got fight'

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Leicester City

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Jamie Vardy, speaking to Sky Sports: "We've come in for a lot of unfair stick with things that have been in the press but you've seen that the lads wanted to react. 

"The performance did that and we want to do it consistently. I couldn't put my finger on why we haven't been doing that regularly. We've been working hard and it's just not been happening.

"I wouldn't say it's a case of more effort. Shakes [Craig Shakespeare] asked me to play higher up. I did that and I managed to get in behind quite a lot.

"I've been very frustrated with the amount of goals I've got this season but hopefully these will push me on.

"We needed to show that we've got that fight and win or lose, as long as the performance was right, we could hold our heads up high."

Danny Drinkwater: "It feels good. We need to enjoy it and build on it from here. You can call it a reaction. We've come in for a bit of stick. 

"We make our game on the basics and we went back to basics - forcing mistakes, pressing high up the pitch - and that caused them problems and helped us."

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Leicester now face Hull at home on Saturday before a home game against Sevilla. A vital run of home games?

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Danny Drinkwater says 'you can call that a reaction' after a fine win - Leicester's first in the league since new year's eve. 

'Playing for Shakespeare'

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

A total transformation in this Leicester side. They have out-played, out-fought and out-worked a Liverpool side who are hoping to finish in the top four. 

From what I've seen you have to ask, were they playing for Ranieri? 

They certainly looked like they were playing for Shakespeare tonight.

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It's a huge ovation for the Leicester players, and you have to wonder what the reaction from the fans would have been had they served up another poor showing.

The support from the fans has been total all evening. From the outside it looks a united club. 

Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton
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Does that go some way to proving that the decision to oust Claudio Ranieri was the correct one?

It's hard to imagine that performance coming without the change, though of course we shall never know...

FULL-TIME

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HUGE win. 

Craig Shakespeare and Jurgen Klopp
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CLOSE!

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Christian Fuchs goes for goal from a free-kick on halfway, very Maynor Figueroa, but he puts it onto the roof of the net!

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'Unbelievable difference'

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Leicester have been fantastic from start to finish tonight. 

They have had an extra yard on Liverpool, they have been quicker to react, their recovery runs have been outstanding, they have had desire I haven't seen since last season and they are throwing themselves in front of shots from Liverpool. 

The difference between this team performance and the performance I saw at Swansea is unbelievable. 

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'We are staying up!' sing the Leicester fans. Play like this and they may just reach the quarter finals of the Champions League too...

INJURY TIME

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FIVE minutes added on as Leicester put Ben Chilwell on in place of the excellent Marc Albrighton. He's been mainly huff and puff, but his pass for the opening goal was outstanding. 

Marc Albrighton
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No comment (my boss may be reading).

Leicester heading up to 15th then...

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Dan Bell: In what other job would you get away with downing tools because you don't like the boss. Footballers are pathetic. 

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You're almost there Leicester... The pressure from Liverpool has been relentless since half time but the Foxes have kept it at bay reasonably comfortably.

CLOSE!

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Lacklustre, that's how I'd describe Liverpool tonight. Plenty of possession but rarely any considered threat, as Philippe Coutinho goes close!

A well hit volley but Kasper Schmeichel makes a hash of it, spilling it just wide!  

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool have been poor tonight. 

Kasper Schmeichel has made a few comfortable saves - the kind of saves you would be embarrassed if he hadn't made, so nothing special to challenge him. 

Other than that, they've been poor. They started the game like they were still on their 16 day break. It doesn't seem to have done them any favours. 

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Both managers are on the sidelines barking out instructions as Jamie Vardy has treatment for a bang to the head. He's OK though - as Liverpool send on teenage striker Ben Woodburn for Lucas. 

Angry Jurgen
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That would have made life interesting - Lucas beats Wilfred Ndidi to a cross but plants his header firmly wide of goal.

Leicester now less than 10 minutes away from a win. 

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Barney Slavin: It's not very often that you can say that both sides should be embarrassed by their performance.

SUBSTITUTION

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That piece of wing play - the best thing I've seen Riyad Mahrez do in months - is his last contribution to the night, he's off and Demarai Gray is on. 

Gray has been linked with a move to Anfield in the papers. 

Riyad Mahrez
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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Wilfred Ndidi has made more tackles than anyone else tonight. He has really protected the back four from the start.