Ranieri's sacking a filip for Leicester?

KASPER SCHMEICHEL

(STAYED THE SAME)

Vocal and commanding. Great save from Philippe Coutinho, spreading to close the angle. Only player who has not dropped from last season's form.

DANNY SIMPSON

(RAISED HIS GAME)

Got rid of the ball very early and took no risks at all, which is the approach that works best for him. Put in some great challenges to keep Liverpool at bay.

WES MORGAN

(RAISED HIS GAME)

All season opponents have got in behind him but last night, he either closed down the forwards or dropped off at the right time to guard against that.

ROBERT HUTH

(RAISED HIS GAME)

A real nuisance and solid no-nonsense display. He won nearly everything in the air, as he would expect against Liverpool's less physical forwards.

CHRISTIAN FUCHS

(RAISED HIS GAME)

The defender was one of the most improved players in a Leicester shirt. Blocked crosses and made challenges in a way he has hardly done all season.

RIYAD MAHREZ

(RAISED HIS GAME)

Not a wonderful performance full of dribbling and beating players at will but put in a shift, and he's not put in many shifts this season. Won plenty of headers.

WILFRED NDIDI

(RAISED HIS GAME)

Superb, a real colossus for Leicester. He chased, harried and won all the battles in central midfield like how N'Golo Kante used to do.

DANNY DRINKWATER

(RAISED HIS GAME)

Played some fantastic long passes, scored a wonderful goal. Was more effective because he played higher up the pitch than under Ranieri.

MARC ALBRIGHTON

(RAISED HIS GAME)

The team's most functional player, he has never really let Leicester down this season. He produced a great pass in behind the defence for Vardy's first goal.

JAMIE VARDY

(RAISED HIS GAME)

He suddenly looked like his old self again and was absolutely on fire from the first few seconds when he made a crunching tackle on Sadio Mane.

SHINJI OKAZAKI

(STAYED THE SAME)

Has done okay this season and should have played more often. His running off the ball helped to create space for Vardy.

THE TIMES, LONDON

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