Leicester City Forward Jamie Vardy (2 goals)
It has been quite an eventful past week for Leicester City. The Foxes shocked the world last year, winning their first ever Premier League title despite facing 1,000 to 1 odds, but that dream season has turned into a nightmare in 2016-17. Leicester fired manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday in a move that alienated a lot of their fans, but the team was desperate for change. Entering Monday, they found themselves sitting in the relegation zone, with the possibility of being ousted from the Premier League just one year after winning the title becoming more real by the day. Leicester found themselves slowly running out of time to save their season, and new manager Craig Shakespeare had no time to get his feet wet with Liverpool coming to town.
Leicester City came out firing on all cylinders on Monday, playing with an intensity that has been lacking all season and bringing back memories of their dream title run a year ago. Jamie Vardy was at the heart of that rebirth. After scoring 24 goals last season, including setting a Premier League record by scoring in 11 consecutive games, Vardy had been largely nonexistent this season with just five goals in 22 appearances. He finally broke through in a big way Monday, scoring the game’s opening goal in the 28th minute, and later adding a header in the 60th minute that put Leicester up 3-0. Vardy’s brace led the way for the Foxes as they defeated Liverpool 3-1 and picked up a vital three points to move two points clear of the bottom three. The quest for survival is far from over, but yesterday’s performance can at least give Leicester City hope of sticking around in the Premier League for another season.