Jamie Vardy bagged a brace as Leicester City began life after manager Claudio Ranieri with a vital 3-1 win over Liverpool.
The Italian was controversially dismissed last week just nine months after leading the Foxes to the Premier League title, with many fans outraged at the decision.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) February 27, 2017
The players have been accused of downing tools to force Ranieri out, after a dismal defence of their crown meant that they started the match in the relegation zone.
Whilst the supporters displayed their loyalty to the former boss, Vardy and co set about dismantling a leaky Liverpool back line with a performance that finally resembled the Leicester of old.
The England striker’s first goal was certainly reminiscent of his own record-breaking scoring run from last term, as he raced onto a Marc Albrighton through ball to calmly slot past Simon Mignolet.
Danny Drinkwater added a second with an outrageous 30-yard volley before Vardy was on hand again to seal the three points, rising above Emre Can to nod in Christian Fuchs’ cross.
Philippe Coutinho snatched a consolation for the Reds but the night belonged to Leicester who rose to 15th in the table, two points clear of the bottom three.
Vardy was a constant threat but his two goals only took his tally to seven in the league this season and some onlookers were left wondering why he had not put in this sort of performance for Ranieri.
The best of the mixed reaction from Twitter can be found below:
'Unfair criticism' fired up @LCFC James Vardy? Why couldn't he be 'fired up' before Ranieri was sacked? Player power?
— Topofthetree (@1gangan) February 28, 2017
So vardy & drinkwater only put the effort in because they have been criticised, idiots #lcfc
— Navs (@navs888) February 28, 2017
So Vardy et al decided to put some effort in. Players downing tools like they've done is shocking. Snakes at the King Cobra stadium #LCFC
— Citizen Kris (@Churchy74Kj) February 28, 2017
Felt really happy for Vardy and @LCFC. Amazing spirit last night and could feel Vardy's passion.
— A.P. (@thegoodoldmonk) February 28, 2017
— G.Borja (@borja_german) February 28, 2017
Tonight clearly goes to show what, togetherness, passion and passing to Vardy can do! #lcfc
— Brandon Brookes (@bbrookes_96) February 28, 2017
Simpson, Ndidi, Vardy, Schmeichel – all brilliant. The whole team stepped up to be fair (apart from maybe Mahrez) #LCFC
— Will Rosewarne (@WRosewarne) February 27, 2017
So Vardy reckons @LCFC proved they are fighters. Wonder why they did not show that fight all season
— Philip Micallef (@MicallefPhilip) February 27, 2017
— sakum Kwaw (@sakumkwaw) February 27, 2017
— Thomas Smith âš½ï¸ (@mrthomassmith_) February 27, 2017
Now that's put me in a good mood! They showed fight, character and have proved a lot of people wrong. Ndidi and Vardy were outstanding #lcfc
— Adam Tomlinson (@ATomlinson95) February 27, 2017
— tomatosauce LCFC (@tomatosauce8888) February 27, 2017