Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he was “not fine” with his side’s display at Leicester and says it showed him his side “aren’t ready” to beat the Premier League’s best.
The Reds were giving as good as they got for the first hour against the table-topping Foxes at the King Power Stadium before a superb Jamie Vardy volley broke the deadlock, with the England man adding a second to wrap up a 2-0 win for the hosts.
After the match, Klopp was asked by the BBC’s Jonathan Pearce about his side’s good work ethic today, but he responded: “It’s rare a journalist says something more positive than the manager.
“I’m not too fine with our game today.
“We could have played much better. We had a few shots where we could pass and a few passes where we could shoot. We created half chances but not real chances.
“Today would have been a good day to show we are ready for this….”
Klopp was then asked what he’d learnt from the match and concluded: “I need a few more seconds to calm down. I have to watch it again.”
Speaking again later, a more controlled Klopp said: “We had opportunities in the box but we didn’t find the right decision often enough.
“The longer the game was we didn’t get cooler, the decisions didn’t get better. We had the ball in their box and didn’t shoot. One second later Vardy shoots from 35 yards and the ball was in. This says most about the game. I don’t feel too good.”
Klopp on Vardy opener
Klopp took time to acknowledge Vardy’s brilliant opener, where he latched onto Mahrez’s long ball to fire over Mignolet.
He added: “It was a world-class goal from Jamie Vardy. It’s nice to be in a stadium when Vardy makes the goal of the month but, in an ideal world, not when you’re the manager of the other team. It made the difference.”