Injury-free Jamie Vardy thinks Leicester will only get better as the Premier League season wears on.
The striker netted twice – including a goal-of-the-season contender 30-yard volley – in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Liverpool, which kept the Foxes top of the Barclays Premier League.
Vardy, who is talking to the club about a contract extension until 2019, had a seven-game goalless streak after undergoing a groin operation last month, but believes he is now back to full fitness.
“I’ve got no problems and, as each game comes, we’re going to get better and stronger and hopefully I’ll get the season out with no more niggles,” he said, ahead of Leicester’s crucial trip to second-placed Manchester City on Saturday.
Boss Claudio Ranieri added: “Now it is one month since he (Vardy) restarted training (after his operation). Before he didn’t train well and played without training. It is not easy. He continued to score but slowly he started to go down.”
Vardy now has 18 goals this season following his brace, which came in front of England boss Roy Hodgson, and ranks his opener – when he ran onto Riyad Mahrez’s long pass to beat Simon Mignolet with a stunning volley – as his best for the Foxes.
“It’s probably my best, no shadow of a doubt. I just hope there’s more of them to come,” he told the club’s official site.
“When I’ve been put through, I’m wide but haven’t got any support. I’ve hit it hoping he (Mignolet) is off his line a bit. Luckily he was and it’s nestled into the top corner.”
That is Top 4 secure for Leicester City. 10 points ahead. 14 games to go. Looking forward to do ChampionsLeague at King Power Stadium
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