Jürgen Klopp was taken aback by his side’s poor performance when Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes were hit by a 1-0 loss at Leicester on Tuesday night.
Ademola Lookman’s second-half goal proved enough to secure victory for the Foxes who, having delivered four goals in 25 minutes at Manchester City on Sunday, shut out Klopp’s side for the first time in 29 league games to inflict only his second loss of the season. An unusually sloppy performance was epitomized by Mo Salah’s missed first-half penalty, only his second for Liverpool, which ended a streak of 15 consecutive successful shootouts dating back to October 2017 to stop the The ball got in Salah’s path.
The Egyptian proceeded to head the ball off the crossbar before cutting off the rebound in a series of almost comical events that summed up the most frustrating of nights at King Power Stadium. The two were close, before Sadio Mane ignited with Liverpool’s best game chance since open play. Lookman, with just the fourth touch from him after coming in as a substitute, ensured that Liverpool paid the ultimate price for his squandering. With Leicester’s only shot on target all night, the former Everton striker passed Alisson at the near post after a quick break.
Liverpool were unable to respond in the remaining half hour. Kylian Mbappé on the ‘pleasure’ of playing alongside Leo Messi at PSG and what the future holds for him Now, six points behind the leader Manchester City, apparently imperious in his defense of the title with nine consecutive victories, the defeat hits to a bitter blow to Liverpool’s title hopes. With a trip to the Chelsea chasers, tied on points with the Reds, on Sunday, Klopp admitted that it is already a “big gap” to the top in the middle stage. To top it all, Chelsea and we play against each other.
Klopp told reporters.It was not our plan to give City a chance to flee, but if we play like tonight we don’t have to think about catching up with City.Though confident of an uphill battle to catch up with Pep Guardiola, Klopp was left baffled by his team’s under-par display at both ends of the field that led to a deserved” loss.The German lamented the lack of pace that contributed to a waste of spikes and poor defense, but could not explain why there were “so many sub-normal performances .