2 things Jurgen Klopp got wrong as Liverpool collapse against Leicester
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Liverpool's miserable run of form continued as they were condemned to yet another defeat, this time losing 3-1 at the hands of Leicester City.
The champions were looking for a reaction following the 4-1 thrashing by Manchester City last time out, and for an hour, the Reds delivered just that.
Jurgen Klopp's side were dominant in the first half, in a game that held vital importance in the race for Champions League football.
Mohamed Salah handed Liverpool a deserved lead just after the hour mark when he expertly stroked home after Roberto Firmino found him with a piece of individual brilliance.
But Klopp watched his side completely collapse in just seven minutes, leaving their top-four hopes in disarray.
Firstly James Maddison equalised from a free-kick, but only after VAR overruled an incorrect offside call. Matters were made worse just a minute later when Alisson collided with Ozan Kabak to gift Jamie Vardy a goal.
And just four minutes later the game was over when Harvey Barnes ran free and slotted past the hapless Liverpool stopper.
Here's what Jurgen Klopp will be regretting on his trip back to Merseyside:
Blind faith backfires
Klopp tried his best to alleviate any pressure surrounding Alisson, following his shocker against Manchester City.
His two gaffes at Anfield will go down in the memory and for 80 minutes, it looked as if he was back at his usual level – as the manager had promised.
But after a fairly innocuous ball forward, the Brazilian sprinted out and collided with new boy Ozan Kabak to give Vardy the simplest goal of his Premier League career.
He made a stunning reactive save just moments later, but the glaring mistakes, the type we simply haven’t seen of him, are coming at the worst possible time.
Klopp will defend him again, but the look on his face following an error is one that Liverpool fans won't want to see again.
Kabak's difficult start
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With injuries to Fabinho and Ben Davies there was little choice but for Klopp to throw Kabak into the firing line.
Alongside captain Jordan Henderson, the former Schalke defender looked unable to deal with Vardy from very early on.
It was a horrific piece of miscommunication that allowed the Foxes to go 2-1 up, before he was too far away…and too slow to catch Barnes for the third.
Nathaniel Phillips has performed admirably at points during this season and against a striker like Vardy, with a midfielder alongside him, it may have been better to give him the nod.
Either way, it was a chastening welcome to English football for the January signing.
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