When Jurgen Klopp was giving his pre-match team talk to his Liverpool players, he would have reminded them that Leicester City possess one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
Jamie Vardy had a breakout season last year, firing the Foxes to Premier League glory with 24 goals. So good was the England international that Arsenal were desperate to sign him.
Klopp would have told his defenders about Vardy’s pace and his finishing. Clearly, Lucas Leiva wasn’t listening.
The Liverpool man produced a horror mistake to allow Vardy to score his third goal of the season, cutting the deficit to 2-1 in this evening’s game at Anfield.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane had given Jurgen Klopp’s team an encouraging two-goal lead but Lucas’ mistake allowed Vardy in. And with that, Leicester are back in the match.
Lucas' mistake allows Vardy to score
Claudio Ranieri gave Liverpool a warning when he said Vardy will be “more hungry” to score goals after the was left on the bench in England’s 1-0 win against Slovakia last week.
“He’s refreshed, he trained very well,” Ranieri said when asked about his star striker, per The Guardian. “For me it is good [that he didn’t play for England]. For him, no. Maybe he is more hungry – show me. You have to fight and say: ‘Hey, Sam [Allardyce], I am ready to play.’”
Vardy won’t ever score an easier goal than the one he scored at Anfield.