‘It’s big gap’ – Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool stars they won’t pip Man City to title playing like they did at Leicester


JURGEN KLOPP watched as his Liverpool team shot themselves in the foot – and then admitted the gap with Manchester City is now huge.

Mohamed Salah missed a first-half penalty before Ademola Lukman hit the second-half winner for Leicester after coming on as a substitute in just 178 seconds.

Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool aces they won't overtake Manchester City if they play at Leicester


Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool aces they won’t overtake Manchester City if they play at Leicestercredit: getty

City will go nine points ahead with a win at Brentford tonight and Reds boss Klopp said: “It’s a big difference. We have to learn and we will.”

“The first thing to do is never do it like this again. We lost our rhythm and weren’t calm enough to get it back. It’s our fault.

“We weren’t really ourselves. It was well deserved for Leicester. I didn’t like what we did and it’s not good.

“It was a very strange game. We just weren’t good enough. We still had a lot of chances. What we did with the balls wasn’t right. We played a really bad game, so it bodes well for Leicester.” was eligible.

“You could see it coming a little bit. They had a shot on target. They didn’t have many chances. We should have defended better.”

Klopp confirmed that Leicester’s James Maddison had made a comment to Salah before Kasper Schmeichel saved a penalty.

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The German coach said: “Madison, of course, was talking to him but everyone tries but it’s not a problem. I don’t blame Mo as he usually scores.”

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said: “I think they deserved the win but it was also clearly down to us. I think we were bad in the last third.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who lost 6-3 to City on Boxing Day, said: “It’s hard to put into words. The players have put up a heroic performance.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches his team lose 1-0 to Leicester in the Premier League


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches his team lose 1-0 to Leicester in the Premier Leaguecredit: getty

“We played against City two days ago and here, against the most physical team in the league, with their physicality and athleticism, we play like this. The players were amazing.

“An amazing result for us with everything we are doing against one of the best teams in the world.”

Keeper Schmeichel was excellent for Leicester and Rodgers said: “He’s a top goalscorer, one of the best in Europe. That’s what Casper is famous for. He was there when we needed him.”

Asked if he had studied Salah’s pun, the Danish keeper said: “Not at all. I had a feeling and I went with it.”

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