Jamie Vardy Simpson Leicester City
Jamie Vardy (R) scored two goals to help Leicester to victory over LiverpoolReuters

A few more results like this and Leicester City won't just be definite title contenders, they will be the favourites to clinch the English Premier League crown at the end of the season.

The pattern was all so similar – give the majority of the ball to the opponent (in this case Liverpool), stay tight in defence and use the pace and finishing ability of your attackers (yup, Jamie Vardy) to score a couple of goals.

Vardy, again, was the man to provide those goals for Leicester City, one a goal-of-the-season contender, with the Foxes convincingly beating Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to keep their three-point lead at the top intact.

"We have to think about what a great performance we did," Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri told the club's official website. "It was amazing because we beat a very good team, very well organised. [Jurgen] Klopp has made a fantastic job so far and I am sure next season it will be much better.

"But I want to say we made a fantastic performance. We pressed everywhere and we didn't give the Liverpool players the time to think. They were very dangerous on the counterattack and had a great chance at the beginning of the second half.

"I don't know why we didn't restart in the second half well and concentrated, but after their chance we restarted and scored a fantastic goal."

One of those "fantastic" goals from Vardy was a stunning 30-yard strike, taken so early and perfectly, that it left Simon Mignolet with absolutely no chance.

Liverpool, who beat Leicester at Anfield a little over a month ago courtesy a Christian Benteke winner, will look back at this match and realise just how much they have to improve if they are to compete for the Champions League places, and nobody will know that better than Klopp.

The Liverpool manager, though, was adamant his team played well on the night, with the difference being the leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season.

"[Vardy] made the difference," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. I think our plan was good, it was obviously good. We had time, we had the ball, we had opportunities in the box, but everybody could see we didn't make the right decision often enough.

"The longer the game was, we didn't get cooler and the decisions didn't get better. That's the problem. We had the ball in their box, we didn't shoot and one second later, Vardy shot from 35 yards and the ball was in. That says most about the game."

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