Klopp ‘cannot accept’ poor defending in Leicester defeat

Date published: Saturday 13th February 2021 3:31 - James Holland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he ‘cannot accept’ the poor defensive performance in their 3-1 loss to Leicester.

The Reds went ahead in the 67th minute as Roberto Firmino set up Mo Salah with a brilliant roulette-type turn.

The Egyptian forward dispatched of the chance by guiding the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.

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Leicester equalised in the 78th minute through James Maddison. He scored from a free kick, which was originally ruled out for offside. VAR overturned the decision, giving the Foxes a route back into the match.

Jamie Vardy then capitalised on another error from Alisson, who gave away two goals in the recent loss to Man City.

The keeper came charging forward but failed to clear, allowing Vardy to score in an open goal.

Harvey Barnes rounded off the win with a goal in the 85th minute to make it 3-1.

Speaking after the poor performance, Klopp told BBC Sport: “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. Everything fine and then penalty, free-kick, offside, not offside, goal. That had a proper impact. That is something that has to change. The first goal for me is offside. The difference is we think it’s an objective thing but it’s not.

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

“The second goal is a misunderstanding obviously. It is a situation where we should shout and I didn’t hear anyone shout. It is not that cool.

“The third goal I really don’t like. We are so open. I cannot accept. That was it. The performance for 75 minutes or so was outstanding then we lost 3-1. That shows what a tricky situation we are in.”

Midfielder James Milner added to Klopp’s injury woes when he had to be substituted in the 16th minute.

When asked about Milner, Klopp continued: “Hamstring. Hopefully it is only a little bit but we did not want to take the risk.”

Klopp elaborated on his frustration over Leicester’s opener to BT Sport.

“We conceded a goal, a really tough one to take, it was a turning point in the game on VAR. I have seen it and when they stop the situation it looks a clear offside – that’s it.

“The second goal is a misunderstanding, we said they need to get used to each other and they were fine for 75 minutes, it was a really good game. On the pitch we were the clear dominant side. We had chances and then we concede two goals.

“We were much too open at that moment and that is not OK. Alisson had a super game and then at that moment he came out, I didn’t hear him shouting.

“The turning point was the first goal, We changed too much with one goal, that’s the criticism for us. We didn’t react well.”

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