Jurgen Klopp “didn’t like” the way Liverpool played in their 1-0 defeat to Leicester and said they won’t catch Man City if they continue to play in the same manner.
Ademola Lookman came off the bench to consign Liverpool to the shock defeat after Mohamed Salah had a penalty saved.
It was a miserable night for Klopp’s side as they failed to close the six-point gap to Premier League leaders City and their wastefulness was to blame. City play twice before Liverpool’s next Premier League fixture on Sunday, January 2 against Chelsea, which could mean Klopp’s men will be 12 points behind the pacesetters if City stretch their winning run.
“Chelsea and us play against each other so we cannot both get the points,” he said.
“Sorry for that but it was not our plan tonight to give City the chance to run away or whatever.
“But if we play like tonight, we don’t have to think about catching up with City. But if we play our normal football, we can win normal football games
“We have to see how many points we can get and we will see what that means.
“I don’t have a proper explanation for tonight but to find this explanation is my main concern and not, in this moment, the gap to City.
“I know it is easy to say but if we had won the game 2-1 I would not have liked the game anyway. Tonight, I did not like a lot in our football game. That is not cool.
“We have to do better, improve and go again.”
“We were just not really ourselves tonight,” he added.
“I think we started OK. I didn’t like 100 per cent the intensity even at the beginning but sometimes we have starts like this.
“We forced it a little bit too early, we crossed it a bit too early instead of taking the extra pass. We tried to change that at half-time but for some reason it did not click tonight.
“We were pushing but did not use the chances, missed free headers, all these things. In the end, I thought they deserved it.
“It is a nice story that a guy who is complaining about playing on the 26th and 28th only plays on the 28th and loses to a guy who had to play on the 26th and 28th.”