Leicester City began life after Claudio Ranieri in the best possible way, returning to winning ways while finally scoring its first Premier League goals of 2017.

Monday’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool marked the Foxes’ first contest without Ranieri – who was dismissed last week following a five-match Premier League losing streak – and lifted them out of the relegation zone and into 15th place.

Assistant Craig Shakespeare took charge on an interim basis, and appeared to give his players a necessary kick.

The fightback began with a trademark counterattack – a staple of Ranieri’s Premier League-winning side – as Jamie Vardy collected a quick through ball from Marc Albrighton and dispatched an easy shot past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

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Leicester had been the only team in England’s top six tiers not to have scored a league goal in 2017 – an embarrassing stretch of football that lasted 637 minutes, according to Opta statistics.

Danny Drinkwater ended his own personal drought 11 minutes later, firing an irresistible volley into the Liverpool net to build a 2-0 lead. The England international hadn’t scored in 288 days, dating back to a May 2016 draw with Chelsea.

Leicester looked revitalised in the first half at the King Power Stadium, where spectators paid tribute to the recently sacked Ranieri prior to kick-off.

Vardy doubled his tally in the 60th minute after nodding in a smart Christian Fuchs cross.

The visitor mustered a consolation goal through Philippe Coutinho, who guided a well-placed shot to the right of a motionless Kasper Schmeichel. But apart from a major share of possession, Liverpool couldn’t claim anything further.

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