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Jurgen Klopp with a gloomy verdict as Liverpool slump to defeat at Leicester

Jurgen Klopp congratulates Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of Leicester City following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp congratulates Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of Leicester City following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had not needed to criticise his players too often in the first half of this Premier League season, but he was struggling to find excuses after their 1-0 defeat at Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Ademola Lookman stunned wasteful a wasteful Liverpool as he snatched the only goal of the game to end the Reds’ 10-game unbeaten run and deal a damaging blow to their Premier League title hopes.

The visitors should have been 2-0 up before Lookman's goal, with Mohamed Salah missing his first league penalty in four years and Sadio Mane blowing an excellent second-half chance to leave Liverpool six points behind leaders Manchester City.

"Maybe if I watch the game back, I’ll see that we were just unlucky. I’m not sure that’ll be my analysis," said Klopp. "I didn’t like our performance, to be honest. We played a very strange game. We had chances – they had one shot on goal and that’s fine.

"The reason for the defeat is clear. They had to play two days ago, they had to fight through this really intense period and they did it really well. If we had played like we’re able to play, I think we’d have still been the winner. But we didn’t do enough to beat Leicester so they deserved to win.

"There were too many performances below normal level. My job is to figure these kind of things out before the game. Who is in shape and all these kind of things.

"So often these boys gave me the opportunity to say ‘wow, what a game!’ - tonight it’s ‘wow!’ but in completely the other way. It didn’t look good. It didn’t look like us, and that’s obviously the one thing we have to think about and change immediately.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool applauds the fans following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool applauds the fans following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

"You could see it coming a little bit. They had one shot on target and didn’t have plenty of chances.

"We should have defended better. We do that usually, why we didn’t do it today is hard to explain. There were so many performances before normal level, there’s no explanation."

When asked to assess Liverpool's title chances after this major setback, Klopp insisted he was not ready to evaluate the damage caused by the loss.

"It’s a big gap," he added. "In this moment it is not my problem. If we play our normal football, Liverpool football, we have the chance to win more football games.

"A defeat is a defeat. We have to learn and we will. The first thing is not to do it ever again like this. We lost our rhythm and weren’t calm enough to get it back, that is our fault.

"It was not our plan to give City the chance to run away. If we play like tonight we cannot think about catching up with City.

"If we play our football and we can win games, we can see how many points we can get and what that means.

"I don’t have a proper explanation for tonight – to find it is my main concern, not City.

"We were not ourselves. We started OK, I didn’t like the intensity even in the beginning but it was the start. Then we lost the rhythm and never found it again.

"We forced it a little bit too early, instead of passing the extra pass. We tried to change that at half-time but for some reason it didn’t click.

"When they scored the goal it was clear we were under pressure, we were pushing them but didn’t use the chances. They deserved the three points."

Leicester's goal came from their only shot on target in the match, with former Liverpool striker and Sunday World columnist John Aldridge lamenting a rare poor day for Liverpool's attacking stars.

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