Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool had solely themselves guilty for his or her shock 1-0 defeat at Leicester as Mohamed Salah’s penalty miss and Ademola Lookman’s winner dented the Reds’ title problem on Tuesday. Klopp’s facet noticed their 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended by Lookman’s second half strike. Liverpool path leaders Manchester Metropolis by six factors, with the champions enjoying at Brentford on Wednesday.
Overwhelmed for the primary time since their 3-2 loss at West Ham in November, second positioned Liverpool paid the worth for missed probabilities.
Crucially, Kasper Schmeichel saved Salah’s first half penalty as Liverpool failed to attain within the league for the primary time since March.
“We have been simply not ok. We nonetheless had sufficient probabilities. What we did with the ball was simply not proper. We performed a very dangerous recreation,” Klopp stated.
“We must always have defended higher. We do this often, why we did not do it as we speak is difficult to elucidate. There have been so many performances under the traditional stage.”
Liverpool’s flop in opposition to Covid and damage ravaged Leicester, who have been hammered 6-3 by Metropolis on Sunday, places additional stress on them to take most factors at title rivals Chelsea of their first recreation of 2022 on Sunday.
“It is a large hole. On this second it isn’t my drawback. If we play our regular soccer, Liverpool soccer, now we have the possibility to win extra video games,” Klopp stated.
“The very first thing is to not do it ever once more like this. We misplaced our rhythm and weren’t calm sufficient to get it again. That’s our fault.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers added: “It is a completely heroic efficiency. A tremendous end result for us with the whole lot we’re going by in opposition to the most effective groups on this planet.”
Liverpool had extra relaxation than Leicester over Christmas after a Leeds Covid outbreak pressured the postponement of their recreation on Sunday.
Again in motion solely 48 hours after their thrashing at Metropolis, Leicester have been unable to discipline a recognised centre-back for a rematch of the League Cup quarter-final received by Liverpool on penalties final week.
Liverpool, bolstered by Virgil van Dijk’s return from Covid, regarded set to reap the benefits of Leicester’s makeshift line-up within the early levels.
Salah had a golden alternative to open the scoring within the sixteenth minute after his slalom by the Leicester defence was halted by Wilfred Ndidi’s journey.
However Salah failed to attain a Liverpool penalty for under the third time as Schmeichel saved his unconvincing effort earlier than the Egyptian headed the rebound in opposition to the bar.
Schmeichel made a number of tremendous saves to maintain Liverpool at bay earlier than Sadio Mane was responsible of a surprising miss when he sprinted by the guts of the Leicester defence, solely to blaze over.
Klopp held his head in frustration and the German had much more cause to rue Liverpool’s profligacy within the 59th minute.
Three minutes after coming off the bench, former Everton ahead Lookman took Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor’s move, danced previous Joel Matip and compelled Van Dijk to again off as he planted a tremendous end previous Alisson Becker from 10 yards.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Tottenham have been held to a 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton.
Southampton took a deserved lead within the twenty fifth minute with a surprising strike from James Ward-Prowse.
The sport was turned on its head when Mohammed Salisu introduced down Son Heung-min within the penalty space shortly earlier than half-time.
Salisu was despatched off for a second yellow card and Harry Kane made no mistake from the spot.
Within the second half, Kane noticed a aim controversially disallowed by VAR for offside.
“Yeah, I feel Harry scored twice, one a penalty after which the second aim. I feel that I do not wish to touch upon the referee resolution or the VAR resolution,” Conte stated.
Fifth positioned West Ham received 4-1 at lowly Watford to bolster their prime 4 bid, whereas Crystal Palace defeated backside facet Norwich 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
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