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Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool FC’s loss to Leicester: 'Performances below the normal level.'

Mohamed Salah failed to convert a first-half penalty and Ademola Lookman came off the bench to score the winner as Liverpool suffered their second defeat of the 2021-22 campaign at the King Power Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp bemoans below par display against Leicester  [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]
Jurgen Klopp bemoans below par display against Leicester [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]

Jurgen Klopp admitted Leicester City were the better side and deserved the win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

Substitute Ademola Lookman scored the only goal of the match as Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes beat Liverpool to leave the Reds six points off the top of the Premier League table.

The Reds’ biggest opportunity came in the 15th minute when Mohamed Salah’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and the Egyptian’s rebound header came off the crossbar.

The Reds squandered countless of opportunities, with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota missing easy balls to hit the net. And, that was before they were made to pay by the hosts in the 59th minute when Lookman scored with only his fourth touch after coming off the bench.

Ademola Lookman made the difference [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]
Ademola Lookman made the difference [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]

Leicester, who were without a number of first-team players, held on to the lead and fought really to seal all three points despite enormous pressure from the awayside late on in the game.

This was only Liverpool's second defeat of the 2021-22 season, and they are now six points behind table-toppers Manchester City.

The Reds could also end 2021 in third place and nine points off top spot if Pep Guardiola's City beat Brentford on Wednesday.

Klopp: 'We played a really bad game'

Speaking to Amazon Prime, Klopp asserted: "Definitely, it was well deserved [for Leicester]. It was a very strange game. We were just not good enough. We still had enough chances. What we did with the balls was just not right. We played a really bad game, so it was well deserved. "Our decision-making [was poor], maybe a little bit of luck [was missing]. That’s how it is. We should have had more of those moments. We had enough to get the win, but if you lose you need more of them. "I think we started OK, then we completely lost our rhythm and didn’t get it back. From then we forced it, so there’s nothing else to say. The circumstances too – Leicester played two days ago, they deserve it, absolutely. "You could see it coming a little bit. They had one shot on target. They 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 below the normal level, there’s no explanation. "It’s a big gap [to City]. At 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’s our fault."

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