Liverpool 3 Leicester 0 'It's a tricky situation' - Jurgen Klopp salutes his players after a dominant win against Leicester
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted his players are 'finding solutions' to his side's injury crisis as they set another record with a 3-0 win against Leicester at Anfield.
An own goal set Liverpool on their way to victory before goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino sealed a win that took Liverpool level on points with leaders Tottenham, as they also set a new club record by remaining unbeaten for a 64th home game in the Premier League at Anfield.
Despite a lengthy injury list and the absence of star forward Mohamed Salah after a positive Covid-19 test, the champions sent out a message to their rivals that they are ready to fight to defend the title the won in such convincing fashion last season.
64 - Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 64 home games in the top-flight (W53 D11); the longest such run in the clubâs history. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/ymEcbfp9Wy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 22, 2020
"That is what we expect from ourselves, injuries were a massive shock in that moment but the boys have to offer solutions," said Klopp.
"We scored three goals and didn't concede one, we defended exceptionally well, controlled the game, there were a lot of good things, I can't pick one that pleased me most - maybe the performance of James Milner at right back. He played an exceptional game, first there and then in midfield.
"We deserved it. The boys played an incredible game against a top, top, top opponent. I don’t take things like this for granted. The boys were on fire football-wise.
"The front line defended really well. We should have scored more goals and I like the overall performance - the result and clean sheet. We defended incredibly well. The front line didn’t play too often together but how they did today was not bad."
Absolutely brilliant disciplined performance tonight,hard to call a MOM 👏After an extremely hard weekend (personally)it was really nice that all my ex teams @NewportCounty Oxford Utd LFC @RealSociedad and @TranmereRovers Thank you all👍🏻— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) November 22, 2020
Naby Keita became the latest Liverpool player on the injury list, with Klopp clearly frustrated to lose another important performer.
"It's a tricky situation and when Naby (Keita) goes off with a muscle injury you know the problems will not get smaller," he added.
"The boys know when they are allowed to train with us they have the quality to do so, we don't give tickets for training, you have to qualify with talent and aptitude. It is a tough school, there a lot of steps to go. We have to make sure we recover but the Naby injury didn't help at all."
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers had no excuses after his side's defeat, as the former Liverpool manager suggested his side showed their opponents too much respect.
"We, first half in particular, were too passive and defending the space, but didn't have enough contact, gave away poor goals," he stated.
"We had a good opportunity on the counter with Harvey Barnes, but overall when you are passive like that your football is not quite the same, we weren't aggressive enough.
"Second half was a little bit better, more aggressive in our press, that allows us to play better football. Liverpool deserved to win. The guys coming back from the international break, not as cohesive as what we have been.
"It's mentality, you have to get up to the ball, we were happy for them to have it in their own half, but as soon as it comes into your organisation we were not as aggressive as I would like.
"Much better second half. Unlike the game last year, when we lost at home, this is a game we can reflect on easily and analyse and move on."
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