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Vardy Nets A Worldy In Leicester Win

Image via www.theguardian.com: Jamie Vardy celebrates
Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester on Tuesday evening as the Foxes continue to live the dream at the top of the Premier League table. It was a typical performance from Ranieri's side who did have to deal with a few moments of danger from Liverpool but the Reds once again just couldn't find an end product.

"I was looking all game and he was quite far off his line..."

Jamie Vardy's first goal was simply stunning, the long range pass and vision of Mahrez was enough to drool at but Vardy's strike, taken first time was an absolute peach. He'd caught Mignolet completely off guard and sent the home crowd wild. Words don't give it justice.

The forward later admitted in a post match interview that he'd been keeping an eye on Mignolet who he'd noticed had been straying off his line. Perhaps there's a pointer in there for our keeper? Despite Mignolet straying from goal, he did put in a decent performance overall, particularly when being called into action saving from both Mahrez and Okazaki to keep Liverpool in the game in the first half.

Liverpool however just don't have the fire power at the moment, any attacks tend to filter down to a long range effort or a shot trickling wide, there's nobody in the Liverpool side with an eye for goal and lets face it, how are you supposed to win matches without a proven goalscorer?

Image via squawka.com: Liverpool's 11 chances created compared to Leicester's six.
Leicester still take all three points from the game.
Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and even Emre Can all attempted to make half chances count but the struggle of Jurgen Klopp's side is clear to see. 

Vardy's second goal at 71 minutes put the nail in the coffin for the Reds and also highlighted another issue; the defence. A failure to deal with the oncoming attack from Mamadou Sakho led to further danger from Leicester, the initial goalwards effort from outside the box took a deflection, only to fly into the path of Jamie Vardy who converted with ease.

I had a long conversation with several followers on Twitter a few days ago with regards to our defence, specifically with regards to Martin Skrtel. As soon as he got injured I found myself concerned for our future performances and yet some people would still happily keep him out of the side. I can see all viewpoints but I honestly can't accept that the back four at the moment would be worse off with him in there. For me Skrtel for starters brings an element of communication and organisation that he picked up from players like Jamie Carragher. Mamadou Sakho who lets not forget has captained PSG just doesn't seem to talk to or organise himself with his centre back partner and for me that just signals trouble.

Whatever you think about the defence and whatever your preferred line up though, I suppose it doesn't really matter until we sort out our issues up top. Liverpool have failed to score in open play in four out of their last six games in all competitions and at the moment I don't see any way out of this rut.

Next up for the Reds is Sunderland at home.

Kirsty W

Kirsty; Award winning Liverpool FC blogger and social media addict.