Jurgen Klopp laments after Leicester City stunned Liverpool with a 1-0 win

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The manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, has lamented that he did not like the way his team played after Leicester City stunned his team with a 1-0 win on Tuesday, December 28.

The German tactician stressed that even if his team had won the Premier League game 2-1, he would not have liked his team’s performance, adding that Leicester City deserved to win.

Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to the King Power Stadium to beat the struggling Leicester City side. But things didn’t go as planned.

As expected, Liverpool were totally in control of the game as they recorded 64 percent of the ball possession. They also recorded 21 shots but only four of the shots were on target which defined how wasteful the team was throughout the game.

As for Leicester City, they sat back and waited for the opportunity to catch Liverpool via counter-attack. The sharpness of their attack amazed their home fans which kept them cheering throughout the game.

The joy of the home fans was almost cut short when Wilfred Ndidi, who played at center-back, caught Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah inside the box in the 14th minute of the game. Salah who has scored 15 consecutive spot-kicks before the game, stepped up to play the penalty but Leicester’s goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel saved the kick.

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It was until the 59th minute that substitute Ademola Lookman gave Leicester City the lead. Afterward, both teams could not score, hence, Lookman’s goal became the match-winner.

Jurgen Klopp laments after Leicester City stunned Liverpool with a 1-0 win
Ademola Lookman celebrates his goal against Liverpool.

At the end of the game, coach Jurgen Klopp said: “We were just not really ourselves tonight. I think we started OK. I didn’t like 100 percent intensity even at the beginning.

“We forced it a little bit too early, we crossed it a bit too early instead of taking the extra pass. For some reason, it did not click tonight. We were pushing but did not use the chances, missed free headers, all these things. In the end, I thought they deserved it.

“I know it is easy to say but if we had won the game 2-1 I would not have liked the game anyway. Tonight, I did not like a lot in our football game. That is not cool. We have to do better, improve and go again.”

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Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and coach Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool.
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and coach Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool.

The 1-0 victory over Liverpool has taken Leicester City to the 9th spot on the league table with 25 points in 18 games. On the other hand, the defeat has not affected Liverpool’s occupation of the second spot.

However, Liverpool are now 6 points away from first-placed Manchester City and on equal points with third-placed Chelsea. If Jurgen Klopp and his boys had won the game against Leicester, the gap between them and Manchester City would have been just three points.

Unfortunately for Liverpool and Chelsea, their next Premier League game is against each other which means that one of them or the two teams might have to drop points when they meet on Sunday, January 2, 2021.

“Chelsea and we play against each other so we cannot both get the points,” Jurgen Klopp said.

“Sorry for that but it was not our plan tonight to give City the chance to run away or whatever.

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“But if we play like tonight, we don’t have to think about catching up with City. But if we play our normal football, we can win normal football games.

“We have to see how many points we can get and we will see what that means.

“I don’t have a proper explanation for tonight but to find this explanation is my main concern and not, in this moment, the gap to City.

“I know it is easy to say but if we had won the game 2-1 I would not have liked the game anyway. Tonight, I did not like a lot in our football game. That is not cool.

“We have to do better, improve and go again.”

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