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boss Jurgen Klopp had little good to say about his side after the Reds
crashed to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday.
Following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri last week, the Foxes
delivered the perfect response to their critics with an emphatic win
over the Merseysiders.
Danny Drinkwater struck a spectacular long-range effort either side
of a Jamie Vardy brace, before Phillippe Coutinho got one back for the
visitors late on.
The result sees Leicester move out of the relegation zone while
Liverpool remained in fifth, albeit having played a game more than
Manchester City and Arsenal above them, and Manchester United below them
on the Premier League table.
"If we make our best game and play really good and we lose I have to accept it, that's football," Klopp told Sky Sports.
"We did not do enough. It looked like we'd never spoken about the strength of Leicester. That's the real problem.
"I spoke in the dressing room about it. That's not enough, for sure. That's not even close to being enough.
"We have to work, obviously and try with everything we have to do
better next time. It is really hard to see what we would usually be
able to do in this performance.
"Not good in offense, not good in defence - that's how you lose football games.
"There is no reason at this moment for this. You can always find excuses but I am not ready to look for an excuse."
Liverpool host Arsenal in their next match next week and another
defeat will be a significant blow to their Champions League
The Reds have an excellent record against their rivals for the top
for, with four of their five Premier League defeats coming at the hands
of sides in the bottom half.
"We have a week to prepare and we have to show a reaction. That's what we have to do," Klopp added.
"We are all playing for our future. I don't want to be too serious but that's how it is.
"We have to perform differently to what we did. We can be much
better, we have shown it already. Not doing it feels really
"Thank God we don't have to play again tomorrow. After you win and
you lose you have to analyse, show the boys and react on it again."
Meanwhile The Mirror reported that Klopp's high-energy tactics and training regimen may be the cause of Liverpool's mid-season slump as players have been left depressed by a new training schedule.
The former Dortmund coach has introduced a new schedule that has seen Liverpool players train closer to an upcoming match-day kick off time that could often see his players train in the evening.
A Liverpool source said that the players with young families, due to the new training schedule don't get to see their kids as much with the rest of the squad without children developing bad sleeping habits.