• Jamie Vardy breaks the deadlock with club's first league goal of 2017.
  • Danny Drinkwater arrows in a second on 38 minutes.
  • Vardy nods home on the hour from Christian Fuchs cross.
  • Philippe Coutinho pulls one back mid-way through the second half.
  • Champions Leicester City win in first game since Claudio Ranieri sacking.
  • Foxes climb out of the relegation zone.
  • Liverpool miss the chance to go third in first game since 11 February.
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What a win for Leicester and that drags them into 15th in the table, two points above the drop zone. Crystal Palace back into the bottom three. Liverpool meanwhile miss the chance to go into the top four, and remain fifth.

Well that draws an end to our live coverage of this Premier League clash. We're back tomorrow with the race for promotion when the top two in the Championship, Brighton and Newcastle, clash at the Amex. But until then, it's goodbye.


Full time: Leicester 3-1 Liverpool

Poetry in motion for Leicester City and Craig Shakespeare as the champion return to winning ways with their first goals and win of 2017 to climb out of the relegation zone. What difference Claudio Ranieri's sacking made will be debated long into the night, but there is no doubting the hosts' magnificence. Jamie Vardy scored twice either side of Danny Drinkwater's thunderbolt to set the platform for the win. Liverpool, 16 days removed from their last game, looked well short and though Philippe Coutinho pulled one back the result still flattered them.


Five minutes added on. Leicester look comfortable.


Can goes to ground under another heavy challenge in the box but appeals for a penalty are again waved away. Liverpool running out of time if they want to get a draw from this.


Leicester living dangerously in the closing minutes as Coutinho volleys Clyne audacious cross, with Schmeichel shoveling the ball nervously behind.


Lucas Leiva of all people almost draws Liverpool within one with a back-post header, but misses the target. The Brazilian must be the smallest player in the Liverpool team; certainly the weakest in the air but he should be doing better frankly.


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Leicester almost get a fourth which would seal the points. Mahrez speeds past Can, pulls the ball back to Drinkwater but scoops the effort over the top.


Should Liverpool have a penalty? Emre Can is knocked to the ground by a very clumsy challenge from Ndidi, who gets nowhere near the ball and merely flattens the German. Fortunate.


Jame Vardy heads his second to give Leicester breathing space.

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GOAL! Leicester 3-1 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho)

Few changes made by Liverpool and it makes a difference straight away as Coutinho breaks into the box and slides past Schmeichel. Game on?


The 65th minute is greeted with a rousing chant for former boss Claudio Ranieri. This sort of performance defined his tenure in charge of the Foxes. I wonder what he thinks of it coming just days after his dismissal.


Even when Liverpool do string a few passes together, Schmeichel has been there every step of the way and now he saves from Adam Lallana, who receives Coutinho's flick but is denied by a full length save by the Dane.


GOAL! Leicester 3-0 Liverpool (Jamie Vardy)

A really super team goal probably secures the points for the relegation strugglers. Mahrez and Fuchs combine brilliantly down the left, with the latter crossing for Vardy who rises above Matip and heads into the corner.


Okazaki flicks on to Vardy, who loops his shot onto the roof of the Liverpool net, but the flag is up.


First real chance for Sadio Mane to show his pace against the Leicester back four, but Huth gets hit foot in and the Senegal international's strike goes behind for a corner.


The moment Danny Drinkwater's drive flew into the Liverpool net.

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Has to be said, whether you like it or not if Ranieri's exit is indeed the reason for this much-improved Leicester display then it was entirely justified. It could just save their season.


Back underway in the second half. No changes for either side.


Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher accuses Jurgen Klopp's side of having been drinking while in La Manga.


Half time: Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

The real Leicester have finally stood up. Just 45 minutes into the post-Claudio Ranieri era and the Foxes have rediscovered what defined them last season, and have dominated Liverpool. Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater, two of the stars of last season, have helped the hosts end their scoring hoodoo in 2017 while their opponents have looked hopelessly off the pace.


Schmeichel turns away Can's effort. Liverpool have had their chances, even if the have looked sluggish.


Two added minutes at the King Power. Leicester would happily play the second 45 minutes right now.


Vardy opened the scoring with a fine finish.

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