Jurgen Klopp has said that his players were not good enough in Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to relegation-threatened Leicester City
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has slammed the performances of his players as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against low-lying defending Premier League champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The result came as a huge shock as the Foxes had recently parted ways with manager Claudio Ranieri. Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare took charge of the first team, and brought out a phenomenal response from his players as they picked up their first three points of the new year.
Like most of post-match comments, Klopp did not shy away from expressing what he felt as he did not hold back in criticising the performances of the entire Liverpool side. He was disappointed to watch his side fall prey to another team that were in the relegation zone before kick-off.
Liverpool Echo quoted the German as saying:
“The thing is, we are all playing for our future – myself included. We get judged every day, especially on matchdays, especially on performances.”
“It was not good enough in the beginning, it was not good enough in the middle and it was not good enough in the end. It was clear how emotional the game would be, because if Leicester cannot show emotion tonight that would have been really strange.
“But in the end it was not even THAT intense, and yet we were still not ready for this. We tried to be absolutely ready from the first second, but trying was not good enough.”
Leicester’s leading goal scorer last season Jamie Vardy opened the scoring in the first half as the hosts were finally rewarded for their high octane attacking game. The Liverpool defenders were put on the back foot since the outset, and were second best from start to end.
The Foxes’ second came through a wonder strike from Danny Drinkwater. The English midfielder has been given tremendous stick for his lacklustre showings in contrast to last season, and certainly redeemed himself to an extent, with the quality of his finish.
Vardy further piled on the misery of the Reds as he converted from Christian Fuchs’ inch-perfect cross from the left flank. The full-back marauded forward, linked up with Riyad Mahrez, before he whipped in a venomous ball that found the head of the English striker.
Liverpool did manage to pull one goal back in the second half through Philippe Coutinho, but it proved to be a consolation as the hosts held on to record a famous victory against one of the top sides in England.