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Jurgen Klopp reacts to Leicester City defeat as Liverpool hit bump in title race

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The Reds failed to score for the first time this season on a frustrating night (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp insists he is not worrying about the growing gap between Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and felt Leicester deserved their win on Tuesday night.

The Merseysiders missed a host of gilt-edged chances at the King Power Stadium, with Mohamed Salah’s penalty saved and his follow-up header hitting the crossbar before Sadio Mane scuffed a one-on-one over the bar at the start of the second half.

Substitute Ademola Lookman then punished the visitors’ profligacy, bursting into the box and firing past Alisson at his near post as Leicester’s injury and Covid-hit squad dug in to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

Lookman’s fine strike off the bench secured all three points (Picture: Getty)

The result means Liverpool are six points adrift of City at the halfway stage of the season – and it could be 12 points by the time Liverpool next play – though Klopp is not panicking just yet.

Asked if it is a big gap being created now at the top of the table, Klopp told Amazon Prime Video: ’It is. It’s a big gap. But in this moment the gap to City is not my problem.

‘If we play football like this more often then we don’t have to think about it [the title].

‘If we play our football, our normal football, Liverpool football, then we have the chance to win a lot more football games and we will see where we end up. But for the moment the gap is not my main problem.’

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On the performance against Leicester, he continued: ‘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 [for Leicester].’

Klopp continued: ‘Our decision-making [was poor], maybe a little bit of luck here and there [was missing]. That’s how it is. We should have had more of these moments. We had enough to score and to get the win, but if you lose you need more of them.

Klopp felt Leicester deserved their narrow victory (Picture: Getty)

‘Second half I think we started OK, then we completely lost our rhythm and didn’t get it back, and then they score. 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. It’s not like they had plenty of chances. We should have defended better, no doubt about that. We do that usually, why we didn’t do it today is hard to explain. There were so many performances below normal level, there’s no explanation at the moment.’

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