Klopp Post Leicester v Liverpool comments

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The club’s rotten form continues after an extraordinary seven-minute turnaround saw Liverpool beaten 3-1 by Leicester City. Their third loss in a row leaves them six points behind the Foxes and has left a dent in their top four ambitions.

After the game, Jurgen Klopp gave his take on the side’s performance.

It was a clear game that we should win. We played good football, dominated possession, took the game out of Leicester but apart from that we were really top in the game.

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In the end they finished the game and deserved the three points, but we have to deal with our observations.

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The first half summed up Liverpool at the moment: dominant in possession, wasteful in front of goal. Mohamed Salah was the main culprit of multiple squandered chances, ones the Reds would rue later on in the game.

However, Liverpool made the breakthrough in the 67th minute. A majestic flick by Firmino, akin to his one against Newcastle last season, was finished ruthlessly by the league’s top scorer, Salah.

We played football, we did pretty much everything, scored a really nice goal.

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However, in a baffling seven-minute spell, the game was turned on its head. After a couple of questionable VAR decisions, James Maddison’s slotted home his fourth goal in eight games to level the game. Minutes later, Jamie Vardy took full advantage of a calamitous mix up by Alisson and debutant Ozan Kabak. Then to compound Liverpool’s misery, Harvey Barnes added a third following more slack defending from the visitors. Just like that, 3-1.

VAR Controversy

Confusion and debate shrouded Leicester’s first goal. Was Thiago’s challenge inside or outside the box? Was Daniel Amartey played onside by Roberto Firmino? Klopp provided his opinion on the matter.

The moment when VAR stopped the situation, he didn’t even touch the ball. So that’s really hard. For me it looks a clear offside, and that’s the moment it should be yes or no.

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Three players offside for Leicester but it was decided to take another moment in the game. That is how it is.

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Poor Defending From Liverpool

We were confident and played a super game. The turning point was the first goal. But that’s a point we take of criticism, that it changed too much with this one goal. We didn’t react well, I take that.

The second goal is a misunderstanding. I said before we need to get used to each other, and we were used to each other until when the goal happened, it was a really good football game.

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The third goal I really don’t like. We are so open. I cannot accept. That was it.

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Positive Signs for Liverpool?

Other than a horrendous and ultimately game-changing seven-minute spell, Liverpool dominated the majority of the game.

It was a clear game that we should win. We played good football, dominated possession, took the game out of Leicester but apart from that we were really top in the game. We scored a goal, could have and should have scored more, whatever. The performance for 75 minutes or so was outstanding then we lost 3-1. That shows what a tricky situation we are in.

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Positives can be taken ahead of the Red’s Tuesday’s Champions League tie against RB Leipzig.

James Milner’s Injury

Liverpool’s injury crisis was deepened after James Milner was taken off in the first half. That now marks the 10th first team player out, following Ben Davies’ prior to today’s game.

Hamstring. Hopefully it is only a little bit but we did not want to take the risk.

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