There’s only one question on every Leicester City fan’s lips after their 3-1 win over Liverpool last night: where on earth was that all season?
The Foxes produced a performance reminiscent of last season as they brushed the top four hopefuls aside with consummate ease.
Jamie Vardy bagged a brace and Danny Drinkwater was also on the scoresheet in Leicester’s first game since Claudio Ranieri’s contentious sacking.
There was enough time for Liverpool to stage a comeback when Philippe Coutinho scored in the second half but Leicester never looked like crumbling.
Vardy was as threatening as he was last season, Drinkwater produced a stunner and Wilfred Ndidi played the role of N’Golo Kante to perfection.
Wilfred Ndidi won 9 tackles vs. Liverpool; the most any Leicester player has managed in a single league game since the start of last season. pic.twitter.com/WBq0tEZx7w
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 27, 2017
No wonder Craig Shakespeare was delighted afterwards.
Leicester’s caretaker manager admitted he could tell his players were determined after watching them warm up.
“I could see in their eyes that they were up to the fight in the warm up,” Shakespeare said, via the Mirror. “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.”
WE WITNESSED THE VARDY OF LAST SEASON
He was a nuisance all right. He gave Lucas Leiva fits throughout the contest.
VIDEO: VARDY’S FIRST GOAL
— PremierLeague1⃣7⃣ (@HoraPremier) February 27, 2017
The 30-year-old has now scored three goals in two games, having failed to score in 2017 before last week’s game against Sevilla.
And one stat from his performance against Liverpool has left fans mightily confused.
Vardy recorded 71 sprints on Monday evening – his season high.
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 27, 2017
Again, there’s only one question to be asked: where was that all season?
After the game, the England striker said he had no idea why the Foxes had been unable to produce anything close to the levels they reached last season.
“I couldn’t put my finger on why we haven’t been doing that regularly,” Vardy said, via the Telegraph. “We’ve been working hard and it’s just not been happening.”
It’s obvious, Jamie, as the above stat proves. Put in the effort and the wins will soon follow.