27th February 2017
Jürgen Klopp delivered a frank assessment of his side’s performance after Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.
On an evening to forget for the Reds, they found themselves two goals behind at half-time, following goals from Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater.
Any hopes of staging a second-half fightback were dashed when Vardy headed in a third for the Foxes on the hour mark, and though Philippe Coutinho netted a consolation for the visitors, Klopp acknowledged his side were well below the standards they’ve set themselves this season.
Read on for a transcript of the manager’s post-match press conference.
On his overall assessment of the result and performance…
It was not good enough in the beginning, not good enough in the middle and not good enough in the end. It was 100 per cent clear what happened here tonight from the Leicester side, back to their roots, the line-up was clear. Okazaki back and all that stuff. It was clear how emotional the game will be because if Leicester doesn’t show emotion tonight, that would have been really strange. In the end, it was not that intense but we were even not ready for this. We tried to be absolutely ready from the first second but obviously we tried not enough or with the wrong tools.
The first goal was like a friendly game, a player down, throw-in, header, one pass – and if you really have to do that little to be free in front of our goalkeeper, that’s not cool. Obviously in this moment we were not ready for the situation. The second goal, how many throw-ins did they have in a similar area? It looked like 20, each of them was dangerous. It was clear in one moment they could score and they did, [with] maybe the most difficult one they scored.