Four things Klopp got wrong as Liverpool suffer title blow with Leicester defeat

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Liverpool suffered a major blow to their Premier League title ambitions after losing away at injury and Covid-19 ravaged Leicester City.

Brendan Rodgers was forced to deploy two central midfielders in defence, but Liverpool were unable to exploit that situation, with the Foxes producing a heroic rearguard performance to keep the Reds from scoring.

They did, as expected, dominate the ball, but their best chance came from the penalty spot, though Mohamed Salah saw his first-half spot-kick saved by Kasper Schiemical.

But Leicester were also dangerous on the counter-attack and secured a remarkable win when sub Ademola Lookman linked up with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before producing a wonderful finish to score.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at four things Jurgen Klopp got wrong, with his Liverpool side now six points behind league leaders Manchester City…

No plan for long balls

While Leicester had a much-changed starting line-up, they were still able to cause Liverpool plenty of problems.

The Foxes created five chances leading to five shots in the first-half and could well have gone ahead at the King Power Stadium.

The main cause of Liverpool’s troubles came down the flanks, with Leicester’s tactics clearly centring around getting the ball forward quickly.

Klopp seemingly had no plan for how to stop those balls being put forward, with his defence being turned around several times and Leicester's goal coming when Dewsbury-Hall found space on the left wing.

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Not bringing Jota into play

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As has been the trend this season, Diogo Jota was handed the job as Liverpool’s central striker over Roberto Firmino.

But Jota had only 18 touches in the first-half, suggesting that Liverpool struggled to bring the Portuguese star into play.

He only had two shots before the break, with neither of those attempts being on target as he was kept quiet by Leicester’s patched-up defence.

Jota continued to struggle to get involved in the second period and was left isolated in the middle of Liverpool's front three.

Matip over Konate

For most of their recent time in the Premier League, Leicester have been renowned for their fast-paced attack.

That continued to be the case on Tuesday night, with Jamie Vardy partnering Kelechi Iheanacho up-front.

Opposing them in Liverpool’s defence was Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, but the Reds may have been better served by deploying Ibrahima Konate there instead of the latter.

Vardy and Iheanacho frequently exposed the lack of pace of Liverpool’s centre-backs, while Matip was left flat-footed in the build-up to Lookman's goal, with the sub easily gliding past him before shooting.

Unadventurous substitutions

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Though Liverpool were struggling to create clear-cut chances on the Leicester goal, two of Klopp's three substitutions were strangely unadventurous.

The defensive-minded Naby Keita replaced the all-action Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 10 minutes after the break before James Milner came on for Fabinho.

Neither change had any real impact on improving Liverpool's attacking output with Leicester relatively comfortable defensively.

  • Jurgen Klopp
  • Premier League
  • Liverpool FC
  • Leicester City FC

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