Without sacked boss Claudio Ranieri at the helm, Leicester’s players suddenly rediscovered last season’s title-winning form in a vibrant and deserved 3-1 win at home to a lacklustre Liverpool side.
Leicester started the game in the relegation after a dismal domestic campaign which ultimately saw last season’s hero Ranieri jettisoned by the club’s owners.
However, not surprisingly, the fans at the King Power Stadium were keen to show their appreciation and support for the affable Italian.
Ranieri’s assistant Craig Shakespeare was in the hot-seat for Monday’s game and was no doubt delighted by the Foxes’ energetic start to the game, embodied in the all-action performance of Wilfred Ndidi.
The first goal came just before the half-hour mark, with Jamie Vardy collecting a fine Marc Albrighton pass before firing past Simon Mignolet.
The hosts found themselves 2-0 up before the break, courtesy of a cracking strike from midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
After the break, Leicester continued to have the better of the contest, with Vardy netting his second via a header from a Christian Fuchs centre.
Liverpool, who looked anything but refreshed after their training break in Spain, did get a consolation goal via Philippe Coutinho.
However, Leicester were well worth the win which sees them move clear of the relegation zone.
Although, one does wonder why the players couldn’t perform with such energy and commitment under Ranieri this season.
As for Jurgen Klopp and company, they stay fifth as their once-promising season continues to stall post-New Year.
The fact that his first XI look completely knackered hardly bodes well for the next three months.