Vardy keeps Leicester on top
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Jamie Vardy's stunning volley set Leicester on their way to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, keeping the unlikely title challengers top of the Premier League.
Manchester City and Tottenham also won to stay in touch with Leicester, but Arsenal was held 0-0 by Southampton and dropped to fourth place.
Leicester preserved their three-point lead over City and their title charge shows no sign of slowing nor does Vardy's prolific form this season.
The England striker volleyed in a looping shot from 25 meters before adding another goal in the second half to sink Liverpool at King Power Stadium and take his tally to 18 this campaign.
"We are free of pressure," Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. "The players have a good feeling."
Tottenham won 3-0 at Norwich thanks to a double from Harry Kane and another goal from young midfielder Dele Alli. The win lifted Spurs to third, above north London neighbours Arsenal on goal difference.
Also, Aston Villa had forward Jordan Ayew sent off in the 17th minute for elbowing an opponent in a 2-0 loss at West Ham, which left the league's last-place team 10 points adrift of safety. West Bromwich Albion scored two minutes into injury time to draw 1-1 against Swansea, and Bournemouth won 2-1 at Crystal Palace.