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Klopp says Liverpool players were not ready for Leicester defeat

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said his team were not ready, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday night.

Jamie Vardy (twice) and Danny Drinkwater put the Premier League champions three goals up, before Phillipe Coutinho pulled one back for Klopp’s men.

It was Liverpool’s first game after a 16-day break and they have lost five times in the Premier League this season – losing to Burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea City, Hull City and now Leicester.

“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,” Klopp told a news conference after the Leicester defeat.

“I think it was 100 percent clear what happens here tonight from the Leicester side — back to the roots, the line up was clear.

“It was clear how emotional the game will be because if Leicester doesn’t show emotion tonight then that would have been really strange.

“It was not that intense but we were not even ready for this. We tried to be absolutely ready for the first second but, obviously, we tried not enough, with the wrong tools or whatever. The first goal looked like a friendly game — a player down, a throw in, a header and one pass.”

The Liverpool manager added: “For us, it’s very important to say we cannot blame anybody else for this performance — it’s only our responsibility.

“The job we have to do is react again on it and react and react and react because what happened tonight has happened too often this season already.

“Everybody who follows us the whole year knows how good we can be, so that makes even worse to accept.”

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