Leicester City stunned Liverpool by a scoreline of 3-1 thanks to a brace by Jamie Vardy. Here are the 4 things we learned from this classic Premier League encounter:
Tried and Tested for Leicester
Leicester City did nothing extraordinary. Leicester just stuck to the basics which won them the title last season- solid defensively, and deadly on the counter. Time and again they released the ball as quickly as possible to Vardy, who ensured a long afternoon for Lucas Leiva. With his pace, he exploited the space behind the Liverpool defence to devastating effect.
— BOMBER (@bomberchannel) February 28, 2017
Same old, same old for Liverpool
Well what Leicester did couldn't have surprised Klopp surely. He had plenty of time to prepare his team for that too. But Liverpool just can't play against sides who are happy to sit back. This has been their problem since the a long time, and Jurgen Klopp has been unable to find a solution to this problem – which is the reason why Liverpool are not competing for the title. The trio of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino failed to provide any inspiration to the Reds who looked lost in this match.
Wilfred Ndidi- Kante's successor?
Wilfred Ndidi won 11 of 14 tackles tonight. Absolutely everywhere. Immense. pic.twitter.com/i2GdYBMyYm
— Mike McCarthy (@mikemccarthy) February 27, 2017
These are still early days to call Ndidi, Kante's successor, but his performance against Liverpool certainly warrants an applause. The most tackles N'Golo Kante managed in a match last season was 10, and Ndidi managed 9 in the first half alone. He was everywhere making crisp tackles, closing down spaces and linking the defence to attack. A Man of the Match performance.
Liverpool's top 4 hopes are slipping away. They are just a point above United who have a game in hand. Once genuine title contenders, Liverpool now have their top 4 hopes hanging by a thread. Meanwhile, Leicester have come out of the relegation zone and will be eager to use this as stepping stone for the rest of the season. They must make sure that they continue to play the way they did against Liverpool and Premier League football will surely be secured next season too.